Friday, April 12, 2013
Call to action to bring awareness to gun violence since the Sandy Hook tragedy, with a pair of shoes for each life lost.
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Friday, April 12
Since the Dec. 14 shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., towns, counties and states have debated gun control and gun violence. Recently, Morristown Town Council discussed and decided to table a gun resolution until more research can be done and until the state reaches a firmer stance on the issue. In the meantime, locals are stepping up to raise awareness. The Morris Area Committee to Reduce Gun Violence, based in Morristown, is organizing an event this Sunday: Silent March of 68 pairs of shoes. "This is not just a memorial, but a call to action in the interest of saving lives in New Jersey and across America," according to its Facebook event listing. "There will be one pair of shoes for every New Jersey resident …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise and Newtown, Conn. native will be keynote speaker at Saturday event.
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Monday, March 4
Following the success of their anti-gun violence rally on Valentine's Day, the Morris Area Committee to Reduce Gun Violence hosts a new event, Morris County Makes the Sandy Hook Promise, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The event will include keynote speaker Rob Cox, a Newtown, Conn. native and co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise. He wrote an editorial for USA Today about the new organization saying: “In launching Sandy Hook Promise, we began a journey to find answers as a community. And we invite people in every community to join us by making the Sandy Hook Promise. Love and compassion must direct our intentions. We must be open to all possibilities. If we all really listen to each other, we may find we have more areas of common ground than we …
Friday, February 15, 2013
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 …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
30 NJ mayors recommend gun safety laws in a letter to Gov. Chris Christie Thursday.
A coalition of over 30 mayors sent a message to Gov. Chris Christie Thursday pushing for "common sense national gun laws," according to a statement released by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Morris Area Committee to Reduce Gun Violence. The mayors' letter highlighted loopholes in the country's background check system for gun ownership and asked Christie to support H.R. 137, a bill currently in the House of Representatives called the Fix Gun Checks Act which, if it passes, will close the gaps. About 6.6 million guns are privately sold or transferred in the U.S. every year with no background check required. The letter also points out that almost 80 percent of guns used in crimes in New Jersey were originally purchased in other …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The vigil will gather on the Morristown Green.
As the two-month anniversary of the Newtown shooting approaches, the Morris Area Committee to Reduce Gun Violence has scheduled an anti-gun violence vigil and rally called "Have a Heart—Take a Stand" on Feb. 14. The rally is to encourage common sense gun laws at the local, state and federal levels in order to reduce gun violence. According to a press statement by the Morris Area Committee to Reduce Gun Violence, those who attend the rally are encouraged to design decorative hearts to wear on their clothes with the names of children they love. The heart project is in solidarity with the One Million Moms campaign entitled, "How do you wear your heart?" Rev. Alison Miller of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, who was a victim of gun …