NJ Residents For Action

Westfield Resident Group

NJ Residents for Action was formed by Westfield residents in response to the Newtown shootings .

A poll taken by Fairleigh Dickinson Survey shows that over 75% of NJ residents support greater gun control legislation. Our mission is to make sure NJ residents know the issues, and most importantly know where our NJ Congressmen stand on this issue. NJ Congressmen will be pivotal in getting the votes needed to pass meaningful legislation.   

President Obama’s address to the nation, as he outlined his proposals to reduce gun violence and protect our children was emotional, riveting, and profound.

In Newtown, 20 first graders were intentionally mass murdered in the safety of their classrooms. A teacher hid her children in a closet , told the gunman the children were in the gym, and was then gunned down execution style while those children were forced to listen. If we cannot make common sense gun control in the light of these horrors , when can we?

This is not the kind of country we want for ourselves,our children, or our children’s children. We must take action.      

NJ Residents For Action is a community-based group of residents working towards meaningful legislation, which includes a federal ban on assault weapons and magazine clips, universal background checks , and stronger punishments for illegal gun purchases.

Common sense tell us that military assault weapons and magazine clips of unlimited capacity have no place but in the military, so why would any civilians need them?

The Second Amendment’s right to bear arms for defense of one’s home and for hunting does not stipulate that any and all types of weapons are included , especially military grade weapons. If that argument is to be used, than what about rocket launchers, grenades, even nuclear weapons? Even Justice Scalia recognizes that the right to bear arms does not include unnecessary and excessive weapons.

We need to end this madness. Petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/pass-a-national-ban-on-assault-weapons-and-magazine-clips-in-congress?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=url_share&utm_campaign=url_share_after_sign




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charles smith January 19, 2013 at 12:12 AM
This is an intelligent and wonderful blog!!
karen egert January 19, 2013 at 04:35 AM
Please sign the petition
c January 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Karen, find some other cause, you know nothing about this. Try the national debt, illegal guns, Iran's threat, or global warming. This "change" group sounds like something new from Obummers army of people without better things to do.
karen egert January 19, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Concerned citizen -- I disagree .
karen egert January 19, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Dear concerned Citizen , Rude , bulkying and personal attacks will not be tolerated and are reported
c January 20, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Do you know NJ has among the strictest and draconian gun laws in the country? Do you know the Obama and NJ proposals will not do anything to reduce gun violence? Do you know that most of the proposals affect only law abiding gun owners? Do you realize criminals do not follow the law? Why do Washington DC and Obama's Chicago have the highest murder rates when they have the toughest gun laws? Is there a correlation? Something about "gun free zones" makes criminals feel free to commit gun violence. Where was your Obama before the white kids died? I guess it is OK for the black kids to kill themselves in the inner cities. Do you know guns that are not "assault" can do far more damage than the scary looking ones you are referring to? Do you know most guns are semi-automatic? Do you know using the words "heavy artillery" is misleading anti-gun liberal speak propaganda? As I said before, try to find another cause like saving baby whales or something else, or at least know what you are preaching about before you run some group that does nothing but goes against the 2nd amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.
c January 21, 2013 at 07:16 PM
For lots more discussion about this, see the Mahwah Patch. NJ Residents for Gun Control.
c January 21, 2013 at 08:25 PM
and the Westfield NJ Residents for Gun Control.
Concerned Citizen=NRA... They are relentless- have minions everywhere- Nothing will change as long as the NRA exists...They need to lose their charter- its that simple.
Karen Saminski February 07, 2013 at 03:14 AM
I attended a New Jersey Residents for Action meeting tonight, I am very interested in finding a solution to this issue and was grateful that busy people put time aside to try to effectuate change. The meeting was well attended, but hyper-focused on assault weapon and magazine bans. If you care about this issue, please attend the meetings and Town Hall meetings with Senator Lance and help the group expand its approach so it will succeed in eliminating school violence. If we remember that the NRA does not support shooting babies and understand that a first grader can be killed with one bullet - and not only assault weapons; and, if we think intelligently and know that anyone who kills another human being needlessly has a mental health problem (whether or not the New York Times agrees) our common goals and common sense will enable us to find more common ground. We need a movement that builds bridges across opposition and focuses on ending school violence immediately. Solving this problem will require the ingenuity of a lot of caring people coming together to share and refine ideas. This group is a good place to start.
Karen Saminski February 07, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Correction- Congressman Lance
karen egert February 07, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Karen Saminski, Certainly soneone who kills has a mental health problem. But first you need to eradicate the ability for them to have access to the tyoe of military weapons to carry out what is in your sad and ill minds . This isn't ROCKET SCIENCE We are ENABLING these unfortunate people who have not only been left behind by society but we are actually handing them over the ammunition and I mean that literally to carry out what is in their fantasies. It is insanity. There ARE other factors to this but first let's get rid of the weapons !!!it is not rocket science!!! You don't leave the butcher knives around your three years because you don't know what they can do with them. It's just common sense for god sake!! And don't tell me that people need military assault rifles to defend themselves. It's insanity ...people need to stop and open their EYES . What kind of a country do we want to become ?? Do we want to become like Uganda wihere everyone walks around with military weapons? Is that what people want? Is that what YOU WANT ? We need to focus on the guns first. Republicans won't even pay for old people about to lose their Medicare ---do think they are going to pay for mental-health programs? When I was in Leonard Lance's office I asked him would he vote for a funding for mental health programs. He said yes . I will hold my breath for that one Karen , I'm sorry but we need to START WITH COMMON SENSE First
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c August 17, 2013 at 06:12 AM
On Friday, Governor Chris Christie (R) vetoed a trio of anti-gun bills after nearly seven months of contentious public debate. Misguided anti-gun state lawmakers introduced more than 80 anti-gun bills at the beginning of the year. By this summer, more than a dozen bills cleared both legislative chambers and were sent to the Governor for his consideration and action. Earlier this month, Governor Christie signed ten of those gun bills into law, but he left three deeply flawed bills without action. Of all the legislation introduced, the three bills vetoed today were the most egregious. S.2723, sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-03), was the “centerpiece” bill of the gun control package. This bill received a conditional veto, meaning that the bill is dead unless the state Legislature convenes and readopts this bill in a form that meets the Governor’s approval. The state Legislature can also override this veto with a two-thirds vote. That prospect is very unlikely given the current composition of the state Legislature. The veto message specifically cites sections of this bill which were not acceptable. Specifically, the Governor scratched the portions requiring mandatory training for firearm ownership and the section that would have banned private transactions. Governor Christie also struck a component of this bill which would have encoded permit holder information on a new ID card, such as a driver’s license. A.3659, sponsored by Assemblyman Peter Barnes (D-18), was vetoed in its entirety. If enacted into law, this bill would have banned .50 caliber firearms. The NRA argued in public testimony that these firearms are used by competitive shooters and collectors, and are not misused in crime. Governor Christie agreed. A.3797, sponsored by Assemblymen Charles Mainor (D-31) and Tim Eustace (D-38), received a conditional veto. If enacted, this bill would have required the State Police to issue reports on gun trace data, which is clearly a violation of federal law. NRA members and other sensible people, including numerous new gun owners did a tremendous job contacting state legislators and the Governor. Although anti-gun lawmakers ignored constituent messages and in some cases severely restricted public testimony, gun owners prevailed today as the Governor made the right decision on the three most consequential bills. The NRA-ILA will continue to work actively against anti-gun bills and push for legislation that corrects many of the flaws in current law in the future. Please contact Governor Chris Christie and thank him for striking down these three gun control bills. You can contact the Governor at 609-292-6000, or send an email using the online contact form.
c August 28, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Members of billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" (MAIG) are fleeing his gun-hating group in droves. What Bloomberg's FORMER members of MAIG are saying... "I was never an active member. They're not just against illegal guns, they're against all guns." - Mayor Bob Scott, Sioux City, Iowa “It was a mistake really…They swindle you in and then put your name on the list.” - Mayor Keith Hoffman, East Berlin, Pennsylvania "I am withdrawing because I believe the MAIG is attempting to erode all gun ownership, not just illegal guns. Additionally, I have learned that the MAIG may be working on issues which conflict with legal gun ownership. It appears the MAIG has misrepresented itself to the Mayors of America and its citizens. This is gun control, not crime prevention." - Former Mayor Patricia Shontz, Madeira Beach, Florida "I became a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns based on my belief that this group would help in the fight against criminal gun use. After all, who isn't for making our communities safer by getting illegal guns off the streets and out of the hands of the wrong people? After careful consideration and after listening to the concerns of many of my constituents I have come to the conclusion that some of your organization's statements and actions can be construed as infringing on the rights of legitimate gun owners. Because of this, I request that you remove my name from your web site and from your membership lists." - Former Mayor Royce Pollard, Vancouver, Washington "I do think the merit of having legal ownership is important. I don't think we should ever lose that in this country. If the Mayors Against Illegal Guns is slipping over into that, then it really disturbs me deeply." - Former Mayor Dave Munson, Sioux Falls, South Dakota "I simply cannot be part of an organization that chooses this course of action instead of cooperatively working with those that have proven over a lifetime of work their true intentions." - Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, Nashua, New Hampshire "I am withdrawing because you are attempting to erode all gun ownership, not just illegal guns. I have learned that the coalition may be working on issues which conflict with legal gun ownership, and that some actions on your behalf are dubious...Regrettably, it has become continuously clear to me that you are using this coalition of mayors to advance a hidden agenda of bringing lawsuits against members of the firearms industry and spreading anti-gun propaganda." - Former Mayor Marlene Anielski, Walton Hills, Ohio "Sometime ago, I attended a meeting with many city officials from throughout the United States. At this meeting there was a table with the title "Mayors Against Illegal Guns." Not wanting illegal guns, I signed the form not knowing what kind of spin would ensue. As it turned out, I was against the 2nd amendment, etc. I have since been removed from the "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" movement. On our city website I have a letter to all stating my position. I'm not against the NRA, guns or hunting and never will be." - Mayor John D. Link, Edgewood, Kentucky "It is simply unconscionable that this coalition, under your [Michael Bloomberg's] leadership, would call for a repeal of the Shelby/Tiahrt amendment that helps to safeguard criminal investigations and the lives of law enforcement officers, witnesses and others by restricting access to firearms trace data solely to law enforcement. How anyone, least of all a public official, could be willing to sacrifice such a law enforcement lifeline in order to gain an edge in suing an industry they have political differences with is repugnant to me. The fact that your campaign against this protective language consisted of overheated rhetoric, deception and falsehoods is disturbing." - Mayor Harry Moore, Oldmans Township, New Jersey


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