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After Newtown, How Do You Feel About Gun Control?

Post-Newtown, many towns are passing resolutions supporting federal legislation regarding the banning of assault weapons. What's your position?

Post-Newtown, municipalities are passing resolutions supporting the banning of assault weapons and the sale of large-capacity magazines to private citizens.

With federal legislation on gun control pending, Fort Lee is unique in that it has a native who has spent much of his professional career immersed in gun control. Robert Tessaro, the nephew of former Fort Lee Police Chief Thomas Tessaro and the son of former Municipal Court Judge Robert T. Tessaro, was among a group of Fort Lee High School students at the time who started a petition supporting the proposed ban on assault weapons.

Tessaro is now the president and founder of Safe School Technologies and a recognized expert on youth violence prevention. He is the former Director of Law Enforcement Relations for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and remains active with the Brady Center and promoting what he calls "sensible gun laws."

Tessaro is also the former Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers (NJASRO) and has served on the Firearms Committee for the International Association Chiefs of Police (IACP), which he called “the major police chiefs’ association in the United States.”

Shortly after the Newtown massacre, Tessaro told Patch that the dialogue “does seem different,” and that he’s “cautiously optimistic that something is going to get done” with regard to gun control.

According to Tessaro, states that have more guns have more gun crime. States that have more sensible gun laws on the books have less gun crime.

Even Mayors who support the Second Amendment's protection of a citizen's right to bear and keep arms, such as Mayor Ann Subrizi of New Milford, post Newtown are vocal about the banning of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines by private citizens.

Stressing that she is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, Subrizi said that she can "no longer support the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines" to private citizens.

Do you support the banning of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to private citizens? Tell us in the comments.

Steve Goldstein January 24, 2013 at 02:11 AM
I'm concerned about military assault weapons in the hands of private individuals, but find myself more concerned about mental illness and the need for restoration of something akin to old-style commitment, given the uniform mental health pattern exhibited by the perpetrators of these shootings.
Rob January 24, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Vince, even the most conservative of conservative media agree a Bushmaster AR 15 assault rifle was used to murder the children in Newtown You are spouting a gun nut conspiracy theory http://www.redstate.com/2012/12/27/setting-the-record-straight-adam-lanza-did-use-the-bushmaster-ar-15/ Further, you are clearly ignorant of how fast you can shoot an AR 15 with an extended magazine. Here is a 100 round dump on semi auto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxoy6q1oPh8 Here is a 100 round dump with a AR 15 with a perfectly legal slide stock. Technically bump firing is still semi-auto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1WhhKH3QVU&feature=pyv&ad=6832211627&kw=slidefire
Rob January 24, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Except state with more stringent gun control laws have less gun crime. If you make it more difficult for criminals to get guns, and protect the rights of law abiding citizens to own firearms, crime drops.
Rob January 24, 2013 at 07:03 PM
They are also used to murder a lot of people in very small amount of time.
Rob January 24, 2013 at 09:22 PM
BTW Vince, here is the official Connecticut State Police update on their web site from a few days ago clarifying that yes indeed the AR15 was used in the shooting and not in the car http://www.ct.gov/despp/cwp/view.asp?Q=517284&A=4226

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