by Jim Norman the Bergen Record - Sunday, December 14, 2014
Delivering the message, “Not One More” to Congressman Garrett
Photos from the Stand Up for Gun Sanity Rally on April 21st
300 Attend Stand Up for Gun Sanity Rally
The rally. held on Sunday April 21 at Christ Episcopal Church in Ridgewood, NJ was a rousing success. Speakers included:
NJ State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg of Teaneck
NJ State Senator Robert Gordon of Fair Lawn
US Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr.
Rabbi Joel Mosbacher of Mahwah, the president of NJ Together Against Gun Violence
Mr. Anthony Cureton, President of the Bergen County Coalition of the NAACP
Richard Muti, former Ramsey mayor, author
Dr. Joseph Chuman, the Leader of The Ethical Cultural Society of Bergen County
Rob Tessaro, Law Enforcement Policy, School Safety & Gun Control Activist
We are grateful for Christ Church for generously agreeing to host the event and we wish to extend heartfelt thanks to our sponsors:
The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County
National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section
The Puffin Foundation
Temple Emeth Social Action Committee
Dr. Joseph Chuman Speaks at the Stand Up for Gun Sanity Rally
"How Many More?" from Stand Up for Gun Sanity Rally
The Bergen County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is a grassroots organization which began spontaneously with weekly candlelight vigils to mourn the victims of the Newtown massacre. The group is now focused on building on the desire for sensible gun legislation expressed by the majority of New Jerseyans. To accomplish this, our steering committee and over 1000 concerned Bergen County residents are working in coalition with both faith and advocacy groups to push for the passage of bills to prevent gun violence in the state and federally. We encourage town councils across the county to do the same.
In the wake of the ongoing tragedy of 30,000+ gun deaths a year in the United States, The Bergen Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence has created a simple online tool that local activists can use to raise awareness and broaden support for common sense initiatives to reduce gun violence. We encourage the Mayors and Councils to pass our 4-part resolution in support of legislation and other initiatives to promote public safety by reducing gun violence.
On April 30th, 50 of our members traveled to Trenton for Hearings of the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee and several of us gave testimony before the committee. The legislation was passed by the committee and it now awaits approval by the full Senate.
We invite all Bergen County residents who favor common sense legislation to join with us and stand up for gun sanity.
Click here to add your name to our mailing list.
A Message from Ed Gross, Chair of the Coalition
I am chairing this group out of a deep commitment to the protection of human life. As a son, brother, husband, father and new grandfather, I don’t see gun deaths as statistics – as frightening as those statistics are. Rather I see them as the abrupt and unnecessary ends of lives that were precious in themselves and to those around them. Each of us is irreplaceable.
Guns, no matter what uses their owners perceive as legitimate and constitutionally protected, are too readily available and far too dangerous to allow us to throw up our hands and say, there’s nothing we can do about them.
Our members believe we must do what we can to bring about better gun laws now and to change the mindset that will allow our country to join the other civilized countries of the world in which gun deaths are rare and gun massacres are a horrible aberration. Please join us if you agree.