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Gun reform advocates gather for Chris Christie's latest campaign appearance   

from front page of July 22 Trenton Times, includes quote by Ceasefire NJ Legislative Director Nicola Bocour (see below)
 
Newtown gun control advocates protest Chris Christie’s Connecticut tripAbout 150 protesters - including several dozen from Newtown, Conn. site of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School - gathered on a quiet street in Greenwich where New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was attending a fund raiser for Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Foley. The protesters were there to speak out against Christie’s veto of a bill that would have limited gun magazines to ten rounds. 
“Gov. Christie did not make time for Sandy Hook families, but he has time to hang out with billionaires,” said Nicola Bocour, of the anti-gun violence group Ceasefire New Jersey, who also attended the protest. [more]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to see a web page of the July 14, 2014 Urgent Alert responding to Gov. Christie's veto of the 10 bullet limit on ammunition magazines. Also see the Alert pasted below.

Act NOW to strongly oppose Gov. Christie's veto of the bill for a 10 bullet gun magazine limit! Both houses of the NJ legislature approved this common sense measure to reduce the death and destruction of mass shootings by forcing shooters to re-load more often. We must not let this go by without expressing our strong democratic dissent!

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Here is an update sent on July 14 Nicola Bocour, the Legislative Director of the Coalition for Peace Action's Ceasefire NJ Project. Below that is an Alert posted on July 11. 

Hello Everyone!
 
Governor Christie's veto has continued to stay in the news, with incredible op-eds by a Newtown parent Hugo Rojas, whose son escaped when the shooter paused, and CT Governor Dan Malloy in the Star-Ledger this weekend. 
 
Additionally, two former NJ governors, Gov Byrne (D) and Gov Kean (R), openly disagreed with Christie's veto in aQ&A session published this morning. 
 
Please help us to share these comments and continue to build wide support for this measure!
 
Best,
Nicola  
Below is an Alert from Nicola Bocour, the Legislative Director of the Coalition for Peace Action's Ceasefire NJ Project. Please take action ASAP!  
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE VETOES A2006
 
Right before the July 4th holiday weekend, Governor Christie vetoed A2006 - the bill to limit the number of rounds in a magazine to 10. 
 
Governor Christie's actions came less than one hour after family members of two Sandy Hook Elementary school children who died in the December 14, 2012 shooting had left the building.  The family members had travelled to the State House and delivered more than 55,000 messages from supporters of A2006. 
 
 
THE VETO
 
Governor Christie attempted to use a common gun lobby tactic and distract the public and media from his cowardly veto by changing the subject-matter of the legislation away from guns.  Thankfully, he has been unsuccessful in his attempt to mislead the public.  
 
Governor Christie's veto was made even more shameful by his offensive summarization of the legislation, calling the safety measure "trivial" and accusing supporters, including the Sandy Hook families, of "grandstanding." 
 
The Sandy Hook Promise response to Governor Christie's veto can be found here.  And Majority Leader (and bill-sponsor) Lou Greenwald's response is here.
 
 
FOLLOWING THE VETO
 
This week Governor Christie defended his veto with some illogical and offensive arguments straight out of the NRA-playbook.  He also defended his cowardly decision not to meet with the Sandy Hook families. His defense was met with great criticism by the public and the media.
 
Rachel Maddow called out Governor Christie's 'shameful' actions on her show Monday night.  She pointed out, "He's arguing that since we can’t save everyone, he’s not inclined to try to save anyone." 
 
The following morning, former Republican congressman and co-host of Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough slammed Christieand called his defense of the veto one of the "stupidest arguments" he has ever heard.   
 
All of the New Jersey newspapers have been covering the veto.  In particular, the Star-Ledger's Matt Arco has written multiple articles on it and the S-L Editorial Board also called it "a shameful-moment" for New Jersey.  
 
And Majority Leader Lou Greenwald had a fantastic op-ed that has been published by multiple outlets. 
 
 
CALL TO ACTION
 
The people of New Jersey, who overwhelmingly support commonsense gun reforms such as this, deserve to know where Governor Christie truly stands on this issue.  
 
The question now is:  Does Governor Christie support ANY limits on magazine capacity?  
 
1.  Please contact Governor Christie now!  Let him know what you think of his cowardly veto AND ask him: 
 
"Do you support ANY limits on magazine capacity, and if so, what number of rounds do you support as the limit?"  
 
You can call the Governor's office at (609) 292-6000 and tweet him (see graphic at top of this Alert) at @GovChristie.
  

 Ceasefire NJ spearheaded passage of New Jersey's Childproof, or "smart gun" legislation in 2002. To be implemented, such a gun had to become commercially available. See the May 9, 2014 Washington Post Editorial below advocating its implementation now.  

New Jersey should begin enforcement of its smart gun mandate

MORE THAN a decade ago, New Jersey mandated that handgun merchants switch to selling personalized “smart” handguns once the technology became viable. The effort to make firearms safer for gun owners and their families now has provoked a nasty and dangerous crusade to keep the guns off the market.

The latest victim of this campaign of intimidation is Andy Raymond, co-owner of Engage Armament, a Rockville gun store specializing in custom assault rifles. No gun control advocate, Mr. Raymond decided to carry the Armatix iP1, a handgun that requires its handler to wear a matching watch for it to work, to provide his potential customers a wide choice of firearms. Instead of sales revenue, however, he got death threats from gun nuts who do not want to see the New Jersey law come into effect. If no one in the country sells the iP1, the law will remain dormant. As did the owner of a Los Angeles-area gun store who was also set to carry the smart gun, Mr. Raymond gave in, deciding not to sell the product. When The Post asked him if he would ever carry the iP1 under different circumstances, he replied, “I just can’t.”  

New Jersey’s lawmakers are thinking about lifting the mandate , with the idea that doing so would blunt the opposition that has cohered around smart guns and ease their entry into the market. Once more consumers know about, experience and trust the technology, the thinking goes, more of them will choose products with simple electronic safeguards against unauthorized use. The number of suicides, accidents and other tragedies, which kill thousands every year, would drop.

The more smart guns that take the place of old, unsafe and outdated firearms the better. Because there is no technological reason that smart guns aren’t already available for sale, New Jersey lawmakers should try to deem the mandate already enforceable. Doing so would take the pressure off individual stores interested in carrying the smart-gun products, and it would promote the rapid introduction of the technology into a big state.

The government has a long record of mandating basic safety controls on dangerous products, as with seat belts and air bags in cars, often in the face of overblown warnings about their drawbacks. Applying this logic to guns does not insult the Second Amendment or gun owners; it minimizes the dangers associated with an armed populace. The gun lobby would like to treat those dangers and the deaths that result as inevitable or unworthy of serious response. They are neither.    

Opinion: Vital Measures Will Help Curb Gun Violence
Op-ed by Nicola Bocour, Legislative Director of Ceasefire NJ
published March 28, 2014 in the Bergen Record

 A New Jersey Assembley panel voted to support a bill (A2006) that would reduce the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.  While the bill is significant, the concept is not new, nor is it unique.  What the Legislature seeks to do is to join other states that have moved to a 10-round limit. [read full article]

 

Press Release by Ceasefire NJ in response to Shooting at Garden State Plaza Mall  

Leading gun violence prevention group in NJ is thankful that all residents, shoppers, employees, and law enforcement in Paramus are safe after gunman fires shots inside Garden State Plaza; disappointed by Governor Christie’s inaction regarding this distressing threat to public safety.

Ceasefire NJ, the leading gun violence prevention group in NJ and a Project of the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action, is thankful that all residents, shoppers, employees, and law enforcement in Paramus are safe today after a gunman opened fire inside Garden State Plaza Mall.  We, like so many, hoped and prayed for the safety of all and are glad that New Jersey did not suffer any more injury or loss of life. 

Ceasefire NJ advocates for a comprehensive approach to this problem.  Nicola Bocour, Project Director of Ceasefire NJ says, “We must work to keep guns out of the wrong hands, whether that is possession by a criminal, access by the mentally ill, or the grasp of a child.  And we must work to make sure that unreasonably lethal weapons aren’t available to the public to cause massive, terroristic destruction.” 

In order to address these needs and ensure a stronger and safer New Jersey, we need our elected officials to show leadership.  Ceasefire NJ is grossly disappointed in the lack of response by Governor Christie as he stayed silent for the duration of this distressing threat to public safety.  Bryan Miller, former Executive Director of Ceasefire NJ and current Executive Director of Heeding God’s Call says, “Gov. Christie is our elected commander-in-chief, and he sure talks tough, but yet when there was a gunman believed to be threatening the lives of thousands of New Jerseyans, he failed to take any action or show any immediate concern.”

The Governor finally addressed the nationally-covered shooting late this morning by blaming the NJ Legislature for failing to act on mental health.  He argued that they should have embraced his entire “anti-violence proposal” from earlier this year.  Miller calls out the Governor’s hypocrisy by saying, “How dare he try to blame the Legislature. If he wants to point fingers, then he should point one at himself and explain his veto of the .50 caliber ban that he put in that very same proposal.” 

This summer, Governor Christie said, “As elected leaders, our first duty is to maintain public safety.”  Ceasefire’s Nicola Bocour responds, “With his vetoes of key gun violence prevention bills and this attempt to hide behind the Legislature to cover his own inaction, Governor Christie has breached his duty and refused to put public safety first.” 

 

Special thanks to our colleagues at Bergen County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence for the update below!

Over the summer of 2013, the Bergen County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence carefully monitored the progress of anti-gun violence legislation.

Here’s a summary:

Governor Christie, at least in part thanks to the strength of our coalition’s urging, signed 11 anti-gun violence bills in June and July. However, he rejected these three:

  1. Senate Bill No. 2723, which we deemed to be the most important, sought to create a new regulatory system to link all firearms permits and records regarding gun ownership into a digital card. The governor claims the technology isn’t ready. Conditionally vetoed (sent back to be revised).
  2. Assembly Bill No. 3797, which deals with reporting by the State Police to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The governor claims the bill needs to be modified to comport with Federal Law. Conditionally vetoed.
  3. Assembly Bill No. 3659, which would have revised the definition of "destructive device" to include weapons of .50 caliber or greater, or any weapon capable of attaining a muzzle energy of 12,000 foot/pounds. Vetoed.

We cannot and must not give up on the bills Governor Christie vetoed.  We must also continue to work in partnership with groups throughout the state to find and support common sense measures to prevent gun violence in New Jersey and also on the federal level.

We urge you to vote only for candidates who support stronger anti-gun violence legislation. To that end, we are preparing a short questionnaire to present to all candidates for NJ Senate and Assembly. We will share the results with you as soon as we can. While we wait for the outcomes of the state elections, please contact your current legislators and urge them to support the strongest anti-gun violence legislation possible.

The opposition is loud, but we are very much in the majority.

CFPA's Gun Violence Prevention Project,
Ceasefire New Jersey

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 New Jerseyans for Safety from Gun Violence
Working to Make Garden State Homes, Schools and Communities Safer from Gun Violence

PRESS RELEASE

STATEMENT OF NEW JERSEYANS FOR SAFETY FROM GUN VIOLENCE ABOUT GOVERNOR CHRISTIE'S SIGNING OF TEN GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION BILLS TODAY

Governor Christie's signature on ten gun violence prevention bills this afternoon is certainly a step in the right direction, but, make no mistake, it is only a step. In order to truly protect the lives, homes, schools and neighborhoods of the Garden State he must complete the task before him and sign the remaining gun violence prevention bills on his desk.

These include S2723 an omnibus bill that would modernize the state's critical gun purchase structure without trampling on law abiding gun owners' Second Amendment rights. It would also require gun purchasers and owners to undergo firearms safety training, much as we require driver safety training. And, this bill has provisions that will make it far less likely that any New Jersey family will suffer the devastating loss of a child due to careless gun storage, as happened recently in Toms River.

The Governor has been increasingly outspoken lately about homeland security, a subject especially near and dear to New Jerseyan's hearts. In this interest he, thankfully, signed today legislation prohibiting gun sales to individuals on the federal Terrorist Watch List, but it is not enough. He has yet to act on a bill, A3659, on which he is on record calling for enactment, to prohibit sales of incredibly destructive .50 Caliber sniper rifles. These military weapons are designed to destroy at great distance the sort of material targets that abound in our state, such as chemical plants, refineries, rail tank cars and passenger aircraft. Taking the Governor's words to US Senator Rand Paul at face value, it is confusing that A3659 remains unsigned.

Finally, in order for policy makers and the public to make wise public safety decisions, they need all available information. The Governor has taken no action yet on A3797, a bill that would make crucial information, that legislators, municipal officials and the citizenry cannot now see, public on illegal gun flows, enabling the creation and maintenance of well targeted public safety policies.

Therefore, New Jerseyans for Safety from Gun Violence stands with the vast majority of Garden State residents in calling on the Governor to finish his work by signing the remaining bills at once – for safety's sake.


Click here for an excellent update on gun violence since Newtown from Bill Moyers' web page. 

Click Here for a Summary of the 24 gun violence prevention bills recently passed by the NJ Assembly

Quick Fact Sheet  on Gun Violence Prevention

Resource Page from Mayors Against Illegal Guns



"Senators Quietly Seek New Path on Gun Control,"
New York Times 04/25/13

WASHINGTON — Talks to revive gun control legislation are quietly under way on Capitol Hill as a bipartisan group of senators seeks a way to bridge the differences that led to last week’s collapse of the most serious effort to overhaul the country’s gun laws in 20 years.

Drawing on the lessons from battles in the 1980s and ’90s over the Brady Bill, which failed in Congress several times before ultimately passing, gun control supporters believe they can prevail by working on a two-pronged strategy. First, they are identifying senators who might be willing to change their votes and support a background check system with fewer loopholes.

Second, they are looking to build a national campaign that would better harness overwhelming public support for universal background checks — which many national polls put at near 90 percent approval — to pressure lawmakers [Read More]


 

 

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CFPA's Ceasefire NJ Project Director, Nicola Bocour (second from right) meets with Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (second from left), primary sponsor of gun violence prevention legislation in the New Jersey Assembly. Some 22 bills, including the ones Assemblyman Greenwald sponsored, were passed on February 21.


 

"Do Gun Buybacks Reduce Gun Violence?"
NJ Spotlight, 04/04

State officials, with the help of local authorities, have been conducting a gun buyback campaign in several New Jersey cities, an effort to reduce gun-related crimes that they say was planned before the Newtown, CT, shooting. Since December, the state has spent $1.2 million on five buybacks. They’ve collected a record haul of more than 9,000 firearms, including rocket launchers, assault weapons, and submachine guns.

Nicola Bocour, director of Ceasefire New Jersey, said the focus should be on the legislation.

“That’s the most effective way to deal with this issue,” she said.

The Assembly approved a multibill package on February 21 that would require all ammunition sales to be conducted by licensed dealers on a face-to-face basis, banning mail order sales; limit magazine capacity to 10 rounds; and prohibiting the state pension system from investing in companies that manufacture or import assault weapons for civilian use. The bills have been sent to the Senate and have not been assigned to a committee.

“We have been urging the Senate to bring through committee and to the floor the same bills and the same content,” Bocour said. “ We are advocating they not change them to water them down. We believe in the legislation passed by the Assembly and we want to see them put in place.”

She said that Ceasefire is not opposed to buyback programs -- they help create awareness of the issues surrounding guns -- but there is a concern that focusing on buybacks could ultimately be deceptive, creating an impression that something is being done when it is not.

“There are too many guns in circulation and it is better to have them back in responsible hands rather than have them out there floating around,” she said. “But if someone was going to tell me that you have five things to do to combat gun violence, I am not sure if [buybacks] would be in the top five or even the top 10.” [Read More]


 

"New Jersey Assembly Panel Backs Tougher Gun Laws"
New York Times
(02/14)

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Nicola Bocour, the project director of Ceasefire NJ, noted that several rampages, including the one by Jared Lee Loughner, who shot 19 people, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson in 2011, were stopped only when the killer paused to reload. The ban, she said, “would make it more difficult for shooters to inflict maximum damage in a short period of time.” [Read More]


 

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
January 18, 2013

Ceasefire NJ Statement on Governor Chris Christie’s Press Conference on Gun Violence

Princeton, NJ—

Ceasefire NJ, the state’s leading gun violence prevention organization, was pleased to hear Governor Chris Christie cite New Jersey’s strong gun laws as one of the areas in which NJ has been successful in addressing the issue of gun violence.  We agree with the Governor that NJ has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation and are, like him, very proud of that fact and believe that our laws have made this state safer.  The Governor himself acknowledged that there is a problem of gun violence in this country and in this state and we maintain that there are ways to significantly reduce the violence through new common-sense legislation on both the federal and state levels.

We are encouraged that Governor Christie specifically referred to New Jersey's longstanding and effective ban on assault weapons as a "common sense" measure. However, we would ask the Governor, “If it is good common sense for New Jersey, why not for the nation?”  Governor Christie repeatedly refused to address the proposal for a new Federal Assault Weapons Ban and the rest of President Obama’s proposals to reduce gun violence, citing that it was not appropriate for him to comment on this federal issue before Congress.  Nicola Bocour, Project Director of Ceasefire NJ, said, "It was puzzling to hear the Governor brag about the number of hours he spent on the phone during the holidays pressuring members of the House and Senate on Sandy relief aid. He was very effective there. How could he, almost in the same breath, claim that he has no influence over Congressional action on gun violence prevention proposals?"

Ceasefire NJ does intend to meet with the Governor’s task force to discuss gun violence prevention policy in New Jersey, but we believe that there are many actions that can be taken immediately to reduce gun violence and will advise that measures be taken before the 60-day time frame the Governor has allotted.  For example, we are delighted that the Governor endorsed cracking down on illegal gun trafficking into New Jersey by citing the effectiveness of efforts to go after such illegal sales in originating in such lax gun law states as Ohio. We strongly urge additional such operations targeting illegal guns coming into the state and will recommend that New Jersey consult with New York City Mayor Bloomberg who has successfully reduced illegal guns on their streets using such tactics.


 

Civilians have no rights to assault weapons

By Chris Ziegler Times of Trenton guest opinion column January 2, 2013

 

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An AR-15 style rifle sits on the counter by Craig Marshall as he assists a customer at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on Dec. 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Ill. Scott Olson/Getty Images

The landmark case District of Columbia vs. Heller (2008) was the first time the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment upholds an individual’s right to possess a firearm. Contrary to popular opinion, this is actually a novel interpretation of the Second Amendment.

The Amendment, which is one of the most awkwardly written sentences in American history, has always been fraught with ambiguity. Traditionally, the Court had ruled in cases such as United States vs. Miller (1939) that the Amendment’s first clause, about “a well regulated Militia,” expressed its true purpose. In Heller, however, Justice Scalia was able to convince the Court that the Amendment’s second clause, about “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,” trumped the first clause, and that the word “people” somehow refers to individuals rather than to a militia or a collective. [Read more]

 


 

Princetonians Fill Palmer Square for Interfaith Service to Remember Shooting Victims

DECEMBER 20, 2012IN PLANET PRINCETON

vigil3The Palmer Square Green glowed with the light of dozens of candles tonight as about 300 people from various faith walks joined together to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut.

Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and people of other beliefs gathered to take part in the “Gathering of Remembrance, Unity and Hope” sponsored by the Princeton Clergy Association, Coalition for Peace Action, the Princeton University Office of Religious Life, the Fellowship In Prayer, Palmer Square and the Nassau Inn.

"Our hearts, minds, thoughts and prayers are with the grieving families,” said Sutinder Singh  of the World Sikh Council. “Every time I think of the tragedy, tears come to my eyes. Their families are part of our family. Their children are our children.”

“People have been killed at colleges, cinemas, places of worship — and now, as if to wake us all up — it has happened in an elementary school,” Singh said. [more]

 

Click here to see a photo gallery of 41 photos from Mercerspace.com.


What Must Be Done To Prevent Future School Massacres?

Below is a transcript of an interview with Nicola Bocour, Project Director of Ceasefire NJ, a Project of the Coalition for Peace Action, that played on 101.5, the largest radio station in New Jersey.

Following the school massacre in Connecticut, discussion continues across New Jersey and around the nation about how best to try and prevent this kind of tragedy from happening in the future.

 

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Gun control advocates have some very specific suggestions.

Nicola Bocour, the Project Director of Ceasefire New Jersey, says we need to change the culture of guns in this country – and look at who has access to guns, and the type of guns that are available – and we need to have stricter training about how to use guns that are purchased legally.

She says Ceasefire believes, “There are 3 very simple, common-sense steps that need to be taken – that are supported by many gun owners, law enforcement officials and NRA members…One is to reinstate the federal assault weapons ban…the rifles that are used in these mass shootings that are designed for military and law enforcement can no longer be purchased by private citizens- they belong on the battlefield – it’s what they’re designed for.”

Bocour adds, “We also need to ban high capacity magazines, so that a single weapon can no longer be fired over 30, 50 even a hundred times without reloading…high capacity magazines are not needed in hunting or sporting or in self-protection…They are basically allowing the shooter to create as much damage- to shoot as many bullets in the shortest period of time without having to reload.” [more]

 


 

Princeton Candlelight Vigil for School Shooting Victims

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from Planet Princeton December 16, 2012   Photo by Seth Callen

About 50 people gathered at Palmer Square last night to remember the victims of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. The event was organized by Moveon.org and CeasefireNJ, a project of the Coalition for Peace Action. The organizers called for stricter gun laws in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. [Read more]



Peace Group calls for "Common Sense" Steps to Stem Gun Violence
September 4, 2012 in Politiker New Jersey

Peace group calls for "common sense" steps to stem gun violence

By Minhaj Hassan | September 4th, 2012 - 1:02pm

Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on favoritesShare on print|More Sharing STRENTON - After the shooting last week at an Old Bridge, Middlesex County, supermarket that took the lives of three people, the group Ceasefire New Jersey called on citizens and lawmakers both on the state and federal level to support “common sense” steps to reduce gun violence. [more]


Statement by Ceasefire NJ on August 31, 2012 Shooting in Old Bridge

Princeton, NJ—Ceasefire NJ is deeply saddened that yet another senseless shooting has occurred, tragically taking the lives of three people by use of an assault weapon.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families in Old Bridge as we solemnly reflect on how the overall lack of common-sense gun laws in this nation has left us vulnerable to attack.

New Jersey has the second strongest gun laws in the United States and ranks among the lowest in gun deaths per capita; however, we are still susceptible to gun violence by use of illegal weapons due to overwhelmingly weak gun laws elsewhere.  In order to prevent further gun violence in NJ, we must seriously address the illegal trafficking of guns into our state.

It has been reported by a Middlesex County Prosecutor that the weapons used in the Old Bridge shooting this morning were an AK-47 assault rifle and an automatic handgun.  Possession of each weapon is prohibited in New Jersey, however few other states have such restrictions.  These assault-style weapons are commonly used in mass shootings because of their unique ability to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time.  Assault weapons, used in the shootings in Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, Oak Creek, and Old Bridge, among others, belong on the battlefields, not on our streets.

We are facing an epidemic of gun violence in this nation.  Our hearts and prayers are with all of the victims of these terrible shootings, but that is not enough; we must also take action to prevent more such violence.  We must reinstate the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, pass the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, and implement common-sense regulations on the sale and ownership of guns in order to keep our communities safe.


 

NJ’s Tough Gun Laws Not Enough To Stop Old   Bridge Shooting

by Kevin McArdle, New Jersey's largest radio station--101.5

New Jersey’s strong gun laws couldn’t stop the shooting last Friday’s deadly shooting at an Old Bridge supermarket that left two victims and the gunman dead.

Leaders of the Garden State’s oldest and largest gun violence prevention group are calling for action at the federal level.

New Jersey still has an assault weapons ban, but the federal ban expired in 2004. Ceasefire New Jersey is calling for reinstatement of the ban, so that it would be more difficult to illegally traffic the weapons here. The group also wants federal legislation to close a loophole that allows people to buy guns at gun shows without having to undergo a background check and Ceasefire NJ is pushing for passage of the ‘Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act.’

“Assault-style weapons are commonly used in mass shootings because of their unique ability to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time,” says Ceasefire NJ project manager Nicole Bocour. “Assault weapons used in the shootings in Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, Oak Creek and Old Bridge, among others, belong on the battlefields, not on our streets.”

Ceasefire NJ is now under the umbrella of the Princeton-based ‘Coalition for Peace Action.’ Both organizations say they are not advocating for a ban on all gun sales. They simply want common sense safety measures in place. Officials say the right to self-defense is imperative.

Bocour says, “New Jersey has the second strongest gun laws in the United States and ranks among the lowest in gun deaths per capita. However, we are still susceptible to gun violence by use of illegal weapons due to overwhelmingly weak guns laws elsewhere.”

After July’s movie theater massacre in Colorado, politicians quickly began crawling out of the woodwork demanding tougher gun laws.

Governor Chris Christie said, “I agree with the President (Barack Obama). The President believes that we have enough gun laws on the books now and that we need to aggressively enforce the ones we have.”


 

COLORADO RAMPAGE SHOWS DANGER TO SOCIETY OF VOLATILE COMBINATION OF EXTREMISM AND GUNS DESIGNED FOR COMBAT
(published in Princeton Planet and the Trenton Times)

 

Ceasefire NJ Calls for Reinstatement of National Assault Weapons Ban

 

Below is a statement issued by the Ceasefire NJ Project of the Coalition for Peace Action.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their families and we extend our condolences on this Friday, June 20th, following the massacre at the Aurora Theater in Aurora, Colorado.  Ceasefire NJ is deeply saddened that once again a massacre has occurred in the United States, with 12 lives senselessly taken by gun violence and another 38 people wounded.  Unfortunately, however, mass shootings such as this tragedy in Aurora are not surprising because of the ease of access to guns, especially assault weapons, which have no place in the hands of private citizens.     

According to recent coverage, the suspect in today's s