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Gun Violence Talk Organized by Morristown Councilwoman

Community safety panel discussion will be held at Morris County Library.

A group of elected officials and health and safety professionals will gather this month for a panel discussion on gun violence, mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction and school safety moderated by Kinnelon Mayor Robert Collins.

The discussion, which will be held on Feb. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Morris County Library in Whippany, was organized by Morristown Councilwoman Alison Deeb in response to Gov. Chris Christie's taskforce, NJ Safe. NJ Safe must present recommendations to the governor within 60 days of the taskforce's comissioning on Jan. 17.

Deeb, who was affected by gun violence in her personal life when a cousin died from a gun event when she was 19, is hoping to bring input gathered by the panel to the state and NJ Safe committee. 

"I’d like to hear from experts in our local area and am trying to start a civil dialogue, “ Deeb said. “We all want a more safe society. No one is for gun violence.”

Included in the panel will be NewBridge Services Chief Operating Officer L. Michelle Borden; Rutgers Professor and Expert on Youth Social Development Maurice Elias; Detective/SSI Keisha Higgs of the Community Affairs Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office; MA Mental Health Association of Morris County President and CEO Louis Schwarcz; Peter J. Tamburro, Jr., school educator and speaker on the Constitution and Bill of Rights; and Neighborhood House Executive Director David Walker. Collins will serve as the moderator.

"I was honored to be asked by Morristown Councilwoman Alison Deeb and , I wanted to continue my efforts to remain proactive on this national issue that affects all of us locally," Collins said.

Deeb said she feels that community collaboration is imperative in "creating a more civil society with safe and civil schools." Collins also said he is hopeful that the issues raised by the panel could help guide state officials.

"I hope that this panel discussion will explore opportunities to begin constructive dialogue on this issue that could be useful to our elected leaders in Trenton and Washington," he said.

Dan Haggerty February 12, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Your statement that Deeb was "affected by gun violence". However you also state that the victim died from an accidental discharge. Why are you distorting the facts and describing and "accident" as "violence? They are mutually exclusive concepts.
Fred February 12, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Dan, its because the left, as expressed by the useless mayor of Chicago, has clearly stated they never let a criss go to waste. They are anti 2nd amendment and will do anything they can to take away guns or limit your rights to have them. They cling to their fear of guns because the don't understand them. Almost all on the left know about guns is what they read in the papers about gangs and other illegal gun users. They have no respect for the vast number of legal gun owners. I would venture to say that the vast majority of them have never fired a gun of any type. They somehow have the false assumption that if they just tighten laws they will take guns away from criminals, who we all know obey all the laws :)
Fred February 12, 2013 at 01:13 PM
From your sister web-site: http://bridgewater.patch.com/blog_posts/purchasing-a-firearm-in-nj Well worth a read for anyone.
Dan Haggerty February 12, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Thanks Fred. I wonder if they'll correct the article? I won't hold my breath. If they don't its a good example of how the media is either incompetent or dishonest in their coverage if this issue.
Lindsay Walters February 12, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Feldman must be furious about this. Deeb is taking away attention from her. Good for you Allison. Its nice to have a council member truly standing up for something and not just trying to get attention for herself. Thank you.
Ed Ramirez February 12, 2013 at 02:43 PM
I bet Deeb did not know this and she most likely does not know that magazines with a capacity of over 10 rounds are illegal in NJ, assault weapons are illegal in NJ. These folks are ill prepared to debate this issue and they fall into the hands of the people who have only one goal, to outlaw guns for law abiding citizens. New Jersey, New York and Illinois all have the most stringent gun laws in the US. Chicago in now the murder capital of the world.
Nicole February 12, 2013 at 02:45 PM
While I agree that gun violence does not = accidental gun discharge (and the shoddy journalism of the Patch sometimes!), I do think a tragedy as such warrants a discussion on how to keep events like that from happening to others. Alcohol consumption is legal but there is and always should be work being done to keep it safe and out of the hands of those who can't use it responsibly.
Fred February 12, 2013 at 02:59 PM
The current magazine limit in the People's Republic of New Jersey is 15 not 10. There are bills being introduced to make it 5 - what a joke. Just proves these people know nothing about how guns work. I just saw a video of a guy using an AR-15 (not in NJ) with first with 20 bullets in the mag alternating shots between two targets, I think he fired off the shots in 22.5 seconds. He then fired the same 20 shots using two mags each with 10 rounds, it took him 23 seconds including changing magazines. So magazine reduction does what beside making criminals out of everyone that has older larger magazines and represents an illegal taking by the state unless you keep them and break the law.
Ariana Cohn-Sheehan (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Hey guys, thanks for reading. I clarified the article-according to information I was provided, it was a gun violence event.
Lindsay Walters February 12, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Feldman could probably care less about this. Just wants voters to think she cares.
nicolas February 12, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Get the guns out of this state.Other than a hunter you have to be a weak person and a coward to own a gun.Mentally ill and paranoid.Why do you need 10 rounds to kill a Duck or a deer?I thought hunting is a sport.A shot gun and 2 bullets should do it unless you close your eyes and shoot.Not aiming at all.And you call yourself a hunter?Get real.
nicolas February 12, 2013 at 03:45 PM
They should invite our Morris county US representative on the meeting because he supports machine guns.
Fred February 12, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Nicolas is an example of ignorant people that want to ban guns basing their views on other than facts and not understanding guns. First a shotgun does not use bullets, only rifles and handguns use them. If you don't need 10 rounds why do the cops carry a lot more than that? Have you ever been forced to fight for your life? I know I would want more because in a panic situation like that you may not be spot on, and unlike a target a person set on killing you typically moves. You would probably change your mind if an armed intruder entered your home. How long do you think it would take for the police to get there if you called 911? You know their job is not to protect you, it is to go after bad guys after the fact. I bet it would take them at least 5 to 10 minutes to get there. That would seem like an eternity to you for the first three minutes, then when they got there they could get the chalk out to draw an outline around your dead body because you were foolish enough to not have a gun for self defense.
Steve Bodenweiser February 12, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Nicolas..The second a amendment has nothing to do with ducks and deer. It is about being sure the people are in charge of the government, not the government ruling over the people. If you think of the time in which The Bill of Rights it was written the British government was over reaching its bounds.That is why it it in The Bill of Rights and it is second because that is the most important right after free speech!
Dan Haggerty February 12, 2013 at 06:42 PM
So you are saying that the death of Deeb's relative was not accidental, but was intentional?
Dan Haggerty February 12, 2013 at 06:44 PM
The second amendment has nothing to do with hunting deer, it has to do with citizens defending themselves against agents of the government.
Dan Haggerty February 12, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Which representative would that be? There are more than one in Morris County.
Doug February 12, 2013 at 08:26 PM
The second ammendment is very easy to read, a 2nd grader could tell you exactly what it means. "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." It's pretty simple "Shall not be infringed", please read that again Allison Deeb "Shall not be infringed". I've looked up homicides in Morristown, NJ for the past 10 years and there were 0 related to gun violence. Guess how many people died on crosswalks on Speedwell Ave in the last 4 years? Multiple people. Maybe we should have constructive dialogue about matters that matter in our community and stop discussions that thwart our liberties.
Fred February 12, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Alcohol and drunk driving are a much more serious problem in NJ. We should probably ban all sales of alcohol to anyone with a driver's license. Those people without licenses shall be allowed to purchase one bottle of wine 750ml or small each month or one six pack of beer with containers no more than 12 oz each month. There should be no sales allowed of any alcohol with a concentration over 15%, no exceptions as these high capacity beverages cause more harm. Anyone allowing a licensed driver to consume alcohol will be guilty of a crime punishable by up to one year in jail. Yes the above makes more sense than most proposed new gun restrictions if we are really just trying to save lives.
Chris for Liberty February 13, 2013 at 07:25 PM
By the way, a well regulated militia, is the people. But, there is a reason the 2nd Amendment is being assaulted by Barry. Could it be that he is an admitted Marxist and will turn over this nation to the UN, one treaty at a time? It should not be a secret that the UN seeks to be the only government in the world. The US is one of the very few that allow citizens to be armed. Before taking us over, they'd want us disarmed. Also keep in mind that Sharia Law is creeping into our court system. If you don't know what that is, you should find out. So much is happening that the citizens don't know about without digging. Its not about what political party one belongs to, if any, but about our nation being given away right under our noses.
Vlad February 15, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Machine guns you say? The same that have been regulated and restricted since 1934? Please know what you are saying before you say it and embarrass yourself.
Vlad February 15, 2013 at 06:36 PM
I don't call myself a hunter at all, I don't hunt. I'll refrain from demeaning you the same you attempted to demean 1 million NJ gun owner, but I'll point out to you that your basic understanding of firearms is lacking. For example shotguns do no use bullets, they use shells. I'm only pointing this out to help you out. If I am paranoid for owning a gun, what does that make you for being afraid of my owning a gun? Also, would you please point me two where in the constitution is duck hunting mentioned, I think my copy is broken.
LC February 16, 2013 at 02:03 AM
This event is described as a "discussion." Will there be any Second Amendment advocates on the panel? Legal gun owners to dispel the certain lies that will be spewed to the unknowing public?
Go Motown February 26, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Thanks Nicolas, I was wondering when someone was going to make an idiotic post on this thread. Thanks for coming to the rescue. So basically what you're saying is, let's no longer allow people to defend the security of their family, homes and possessions. By your statement I'm assuming you're a criminal because I can't think of any other reason someone would think this way. You know nothing about guns but you do know that it should only take 2 shots to take down a deer.
Go Motown February 26, 2013 at 05:40 PM
No, Nicolas is home all day and bored and MSNBC is on a commercial break.
Go Motown February 26, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Yet we offer Absinthe (90-148 proof) and Everclear (151 - 190 proof) for sales in any liquor store.
SockPuppet February 26, 2013 at 06:07 PM
So...UN troops, who couldn't stop the Rwandan massacre, are going to, what, invade the U.S. and seize 300 million guns? You believe this? Where is your evidence of "Sharia Law creeping into our court system"? Real evidence, Chris, not some fellow tin hatter's blog.

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