Saturday, January 26, 2013
Richard Palumbo, moved by Connecticut school shooting, gains support for Somerset County initiative.
A Basking Ridge man's inspiration to put up some of his own money to buy back unwanted and illegal guns as a way of preventing potential shooting tragedies has been gaining support through private donations and the help of Somerset County law enforcement authorities, he said. Like many people, Basking Ridge resident Richard Palumbo watched the news about last month's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., wishing there was something he could do to help. For Palumbo, the sympathy for the families of the children who were killed was made more acute because he himself has children, ages 5 and 8. He also noted that Basking Ridge, the community where he and his wife live and his children attend school, is remarkably like Newtown in many ways. But …
Friday, December 21, 2012
School districts in the region respond to Connecticut massacre by reviewing safety procedures.
At 9:30 a.m. Friday, 26 bells were rung, one each for the lives taken in the hallways and classrooms of Sandy Hook Elementary School during the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn. The Friday before Christmas, typically a day reserved for holiday parties and cheer, marked a week since what has been labeled the second deadliest school shooting in America. Just days and even hours after the shooting, school districts in Morris and Somerset counties sprung into action, developing plans to communicate with parents and reaching out to police officers about how to make schools more safe. "Right now, the crucial thing for school boards to do is to look at the security procedures in place," said Frank Belluscio, communications director for the New …
Monday, December 17, 2012
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg will ask Congress to approve a ban on ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds. Do you agree with his proposed bill?
Monday, December 17, 2012
In the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced plans to reintroduce high-capacity magazine ban legislation in the 113th Congress. Lautenberg’s bill, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, would prohibit the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds. It also would ban ammunition magazines that could be readily converted to accept more than 10 rounds. “In light of yet another horrific shooting tragedy, it is clearer than ever that there is no place in our communities for deadly high-capacity gun magazines and I will keep working to pass my bill to reinstate the ban on them,” Lautenberg said in a statement. “If we don't pass a high-capacity …