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Anti-Gun Violence Rally Joined by Sen. Buono, Local Leaders

The rally and vigil brought together politicians, religious leaders and citizens.

State Sen. Barbara Buono joined Morristown Mayor Timothy Dougherty, local religious leaders and more than 100 people for a vigil and rally against gun violence on the Green Thursday.

The rally, held on the two-month anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, called for gun legislation reform and an end to gun violence.

Buono called on change in Washington, DC to help make America safer and called on Gov. Chris Christie to instate a ban on assault rifles. "If you need an assault weapon to hunt deer, maybe hunting isn't your sport," she said. "Maybe you ought to take up golf."

Michael and Eileen Cleckner of Raritan also want to see change in Washington. The two drove to Hartford, Conn., to march in an anti-gun violence rally there before they returned to New Jersey for the event in Morristown.

"We'd like to grow up in a safer community," Eileen said. "I'd like to see our politicians up on the hill start cooperating."

The Rev. Alison B. Miller of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship described having a gun pointed to her head by robbers as a child. "It was definitely one of the most terrifying, memorable moments of my childhood," she said.

Now a mother herself, Miller said she understands why mothers will do anything to protect their children. And when so many people from so many different religious groups come together on the same issue, she said, legislators have a duty to listen.

"The moral compass is so clear, that life should be protected," she said.

Matthew Brian Hersh February 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Oops! Buono, not Buoco.
Fred February 15, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Good for her, she just ended her political career!
Matthew Brian Hersh February 15, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Thanks for fixing the typo in the original article!
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 15, 2013 at 06:59 PM
I am anti self serving politicians
Dick Tighe February 15, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Kudos to those who showed up! We need to stand up to the mouth breathing, seditionist, gun advocates like LaPierre.
wretchedone February 16, 2013 at 01:28 AM
LaPiierre spreads fear to sell the guns of the gun makers who pay his salary. He's a salesman of gun violence!
Chris Jansen February 16, 2013 at 01:57 PM
america should strive to stop being so violent compared to most other countries.
Fred February 16, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Chris, we are. Check the actual stats. Look at England. Further one should not try to compare across different cultures. The real measure is that violence in this country is actually way down, check FBI stats. You believe too much in what the liberal media is telling you - do your own research.
Matthew Brian Hersh February 16, 2013 at 02:06 PM
This doesn't actually refute the point about violence in America. It's just conjecture with a nonsense remark about "liberal media."
Fred February 16, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Really Matthew? Say want you want, but why don't you check the real statistics yourself before you continue to make yourself look foolish with misinformation.
Matthew Brian Hersh February 16, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Actually, Fred, you offered the premise. I look forward to your data on the subject.
Matthew Brian Hersh February 16, 2013 at 02:48 PM
That said, I'm skeptical because you read my comment as a conclusion on gun safety, when, in fact, I was saying claiming "liberal media" doesn't prove anything except that you're an ideologue.
Fred February 16, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Matthew I told you where the facts are, go to the FBI website and look it up, I don't think I really need to take you by the hand.
Matthew Brian Hersh February 16, 2013 at 03:07 PM
I'm not the one claiming other people's claims are wrong. You are. The burden is on you to prove it.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 17, 2013 at 09:50 PM
What not very smart women.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 17, 2013 at 09:52 PM
What a load of garbage these people are saying. Total load.

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