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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.

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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