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Mayor Joins Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Tim Dougherty joins hundreds of other mayors around country.

Earlier this month, mayors from throughout New Jersey met in Cranford to hold a public meeting expressing their support and participation in the national Mayors Against Illegal Gun coalition. 

On Wednesday, Morristown's mayor, Tim Dougherty, announced he also was joining the 800-or-so mayors around the country that have called for solutions to gun violence in the United States. Roughly 100 of those mayors have joined the organization since .

“It is time to put aside partisanship and address the problem of gun violence," Dougherty said in a press release of his participation in an organization that includes Republicans, Democrats and Independents. Dougherty is a registered Democrat.

"There have been too many families and communities destroyed as a result of senseless violence and the issue cannot continued to be ignored," he said in the release.

Although not yet an official member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Dougherty expressed his support for it following the Cranford conference in early January.

"I think they are on the right track and continue to press to bring this to the forefront in light of the many things that happened over the last year, two years," he said in the Jan. 15 article. "It's a larger conversation when it comes to gun legislation. You have to make sure to not only ban assault weapons but the ability to convert different guns that are legal to purchase for hunting, that can be converted into semi or automatic weapons. That is a concern."  

Click on the included PDF to read Mayor Tim Dougherty's press release and a letter sent by Mayors Against Illegal Guns to President Barack Obama in December.

Dick Tighe January 24, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Good job Mayor Dougherty!
wretchedone January 24, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Statements from mouth breathers like this would be considered treason in most circles. Haggerty echoes Timothy McVeigh and other radicals, worried about jack booted thugs. Interesting that they want to put more jack booted thugs in our schools.
susan brown January 24, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Congratulations on taking a courageous stance, Mayor Dougherty. It is hard to stick one's neck out on this, because the pushback can be intense. Good for you.
Cletus January 24, 2013 at 03:38 PM
If you're advocating the violent overthrow of the government of the United States, and you sure sound like you are, you're sure not shy about advertising it. Does the Haggerty junta have a government to replace it with, or are we talking pure anarchy?
Sara Smile January 24, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Mr Tigue, really? You feel the need to cheer for the Mayor on this? Where are you on cheering for the Mayor on the Speedwell traffic/ anti-Hispanic development?
Chris January 24, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Who are you to tell someone what they can and can not approve of? I am guessing you are one of those people who look at the (R) or (D) after someones name and then just blindly follows. People can approve of one thing the mayor does and then not approve of something else. Its called free thinking.
Chris January 24, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Yes, against illegal/black market guns. Yes, to keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, crazies and children Yes, to make it harder for people who shouldn't get guns to be able to get them Yes, to stopping gun violence Yes, to keeping our streets safer Yes, to ban Fully Automatic weapons (even as cool as they are) No, to making it harder for law abiding citizens to get a gun if they want one for personal/home protection, hunting or target shooting.
Dan Haggerty January 24, 2013 at 07:07 PM
It takes no courage for the mayor to hold his position against guns; he is pandering to the dominant political position on this issue in this locale.
Dan Haggerty January 24, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Who is advocating overthrow of the government? How about re-affirming the constitution as it was written?
Dan Haggerty January 24, 2013 at 07:14 PM
The school that Obama sends his children to is protected by "Jack-booted thugs". Why can't normal citizens have the same protection for their children?
Dan Haggerty January 24, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Citizens should have the same weapons that the army has so we can protect ourselves from the army, as the second amendment intended.
Cletus January 24, 2013 at 07:54 PM
President Obama's children are protected by the Secret Service, as mandated by law. Why can't "normal citizens" fly in Air Force One, get on the phone with world leaders or sign bills into law?
Dan Haggerty January 24, 2013 at 08:56 PM
I don't want to fly on Air Force one; I just want to know why my children can't have the same protection as Obama's chilcren.
Chris January 24, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Armed guards are good enough for Obama's kids, but everyday citizens get no protection. I keep thinking that if there was an armed guard in the lobby of the school, the guard could have taken out the kid with the gun and would have saved all those young lives. I am sure one shot to the leg and that kid would have dropped his guns. Even a taser would have stopped him. But those poor kids in Sandy Hook were left defenseless. Good thing they had the doors to the school locked. In my high school, there was always an officer present and there was not much voilence at all. Actually, he was the D.A.R.E. officer. I don't know if he had a gun on him or not, though, but it was still a pretty safe school. Plus, the police car was always parked right at the main entrance. Def a deterrence for criminals who wanted to mess with kids.
Cletus January 24, 2013 at 09:34 PM
That's not asking for much, personal guards for the remainder of their lives. Write your congress person.
wretchedone January 24, 2013 at 10:11 PM
The founding fathers had restrictions on the second amendment. You had to swear loyalty to the country to own one. Sounds like you, Dan, with your talk of sedition, would not qualify. Also, Columbine had an armed guard. Virginia Tech has armed police. Fort Hood has armed MP's. Having armed guards certainly doesn't solve everything.
Dick Tighe January 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Talk about a non sequitur!
Patriot January 25, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Oh well, the Mayor and all the other Mayors agree...what a surprise! Same group that agrees on infecting our Country with the United Nations Agenda 21 INFESTATION? What happened to upholding our CONSTITUTION and OUR BILL OF RIGHTS? I guess that doesn't meet the Mayors yardstick of importance. It the Second Admendments that this corrupt administration is after. Ask them why they purchased millions of hollow point bullets? It ain't for shooting gnats! Yes, the event at Sandy Hook was horribe. What I also find astonishing is that Planned Parenthood received our taxpayer dollars to perform over 350.000 ABORTIONS in the last three years....with about 1 MILLION abortions to their tally over a ten year period. I don't hear the outrage about that, nor do I hear anything about banning scalpels, coat hangers, or the money provided to enable these atrocities. Oh but I do often hear, by the Marxists and Socialsts how we need depopulation of our World by the millions so that certain elitist misfits can have food, water, land and POWER! We the citizens NEED our SECOND ADMENDMENT.....our right to bear arms, as it protects each and every other Right that we have been graced with by our very wise FOREFATHERS! Without it there would be TYRANNY......that is why the LEFT'S AIM is so focused.
wretchedone January 25, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Echoes of Timothy McVeigh.
Dan Haggerty January 25, 2013 at 04:22 PM
What does Timothy McVeigh have to do with anything PATRIOT says above? You truly are wretched.
wretchedone January 26, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Here's a direct quote from your comrade IN ARMS, McVeigh; " Once you take away the guns, you can do anything to the people. You give them an inch and they take a mile. I believe we are slowly turning into a socialist government. The government is continually growing bigger and more powerful and the people need to prepare to defend themselves against government control." Sounds just like your & patriot's seditious comments to me. A little reading of history might enlighten you & patriot.
Patriot January 26, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Wretchedone or retching one Get Lost Dim Bulb! Not interested in the scenario that you have defined. Stop trying to project your own mental aberrations on others. You have been around the LEFT too long and are merely trying to use the...... oh, so tired tactics of Lying Mr. Zero. Go peddle or give away your stale KOOLAID to some other UNAMERICAN indoctrinated lost soul. FYI we do have a Socialistic Government and We do have a President that scoffs at and defiles our Constitution and is bent on destroying OUR REPUBLIC!
Dan Haggerty January 26, 2013 at 11:27 PM
I agree with McVeigh's statement 100%.
Cletus January 27, 2013 at 01:24 AM
How many of you can the circus director fit into a Volkswagen?
Patriot January 27, 2013 at 05:11 AM
Cletus: Dude, None of us! Just an extra big BOZO like you would have the interest in doing that and even surprise yourself to find that you fill up the entire area. You brain however, and it's capability partially fills the ash receptacle.....perfectly!
Cletus January 27, 2013 at 06:08 AM
Either brush up on your comic delivery or stick to the bicycle horn!
Patriot January 27, 2013 at 07:54 AM
Get Lost Loser!
Cletus January 27, 2013 at 08:09 AM
Pat Riot, old buddy, what's the matter? Did you wrap yourself a little too tightly in the flag this morning?
Cletus January 27, 2013 at 08:20 AM
Mr. Riot? Pat Riot? Pat? Okay, now you're scaring me...nurse, check to see if he swallowed his big red nose!
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 27, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Mayor, stick to your municipal duties. Your not going to become a world leader taking on the gun control cause. It is way above you and none of your business. Just stick to parking spaces and local business.

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