Welcome to our blog, NJ Residents for Action .
President Obama’s address to the nation this week, as he outlined his proposals to reduce gun violence and protect our children was emotional, riveting, and profound.
In Newtown, 20 first graders were intentionally mass murdered in the safety of their classrooms. A teacher hid her children in a closet, told the gunman the children were in the gym, and was then gunned down execution style while those children were forced to listen. If we cannot make common sense gun control in the light of these horrors, when can we?
This is not the kind of country we want for ourselves, our children, or our children’s children. As our President said, we must take action.
NJ Residents For Action is a statewide community-based group started by Westfield residents working towards meaningful legislation, which includes a federal ban on assault weapons and magazine clips, universal background checks , and stronger punishments for illegal gun purchases.
Common sense tell us that military assault weapons and magazine clips of unlimited capacity have no place but in the military, so why would any civilians need them?
I am as much of a supporter of the Constitution as anyone else, but the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms does not stipulate that any and all types of weapons are included, especially military grade weapons and unlimited ammunition clips. If that argument is to be used, than what about rocket launchers, grenades, even nuclear weapons ?
Clearly, this is not what our forefathers had in mind when they wrote the Constitution. In fact, (and it surprises me that this is not publicized or depicted accurately), the right to bear arms for a "well regulated militia" actually bore out of the fact that we did not have a standing Army in the U.S at that time. We have one now, so clearly, those who invoke the Second Amendment to allow for the use of any weapon or ammunition regardless of its ability to mass murder, are contorting the actual meaning and purpose of what our forefathers intended.
When those opposed to any sensible gun control use the argument that all their guns will be taken away, it is like saying that since alcohol is considered a drug, if they outlaw heroine, there goes my Bud Light! You can see how ridiculous the leap is.
A poll taken by Farleigh Dickinson Survey shows that over 75% of NJ residents support greater gun control legislation. Our mission is to make sure NJ residents know the issues, and most importantly know where our NJ Congressmen stand on this issue. NJ Congressmen will be pivotal in getting the votes needed to pass meaningful legislation.
Since this is just the introductory blog, in the next blog we will be presenting the voting record of several Congressmen. This will enable the public to be better informed on where their Congressmen stand on this issue and give constituents an opportunity to let their voices be heard.
We have an online petition below that you can access by clicking the link.
I will leave you with this thought. The time to act is NOW.
Our next blog will include names and numbers of your representatives for you to contact. Please let me know your thoughts. I hope you will follow us.
Until then , be safe......
Karen Egert -- President of NJ Residents for Action