Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The former Director of Law Enforcement Relations for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, who recently moved back to Fort Lee from Washington, speaks out in light of Newtown, Conn. school shooting.
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- Erik Wander
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Fort Lee resident Robert V. Tessaro remembers when in 1994 then Vice President Al Gore visited Fort Lee High School. 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. “I guess it was very unique at the time for schools to be active in this that we actually got a visit from [Gore], who came to Fort Lee, praising the students for getting involved in that,” Tessaro said, adding, “That was really my first major experience learning about gun control laws … and how to get involved in making sure laws were passed on a national level.” …
Monday, December 17, 2012
There are no words to explain the tragedy of the massacre of children in Newtown, Connecticut.
A friend who lost her son to cancer once told me that there are orphans and widows, but there is no word to neatly define or identify a parent who has lost a child because there is no one word that can convey the enormity of such pain. What of those parents in Newtown, Connecticut whose children were mindlessly massacred? How do we come to know their pain? Friday began as an ordinary day for them. The mundane repetitive morning routine of waking up, brushing teeth, eating breakfast with a rushed kiss goodbye to children who were just a few years away from having taken their first baby steps. These children have not been lost, they have been removed. Removed before they had the chance to plan and plot the course of their lives; removed …
Friday, December 14, 2012
A Connecticut town once voted the safest place to live in America experiences horrific violence in one of its elementary schools.
The man identified in media reports Friday as the shooter in the second deadliest school shooting in American history has told friends that he thinks his developmentally disabled brother may have committed the crime, Patch has learned. A close friend of Ryan Lanza who requested to not be identified told Patch that he spoke to Lanza as he was making his way home from work to Hoboken. Lanza also took to his Facebook page to rail against CNN naming him as the suspect in the shooting in Newtown, Conn. “I’m on the bus home now, it wasn’t me,” Lanza wrote. Lanza’s mother, Nancy, a school teacher, is believed to be among the dead. More than 25 people, including 18 students, died in the mass shooting. The shooter was Adam Lanza, 20, the younger …