More than a dozen states support bills that strip gun rights from those convicted of domestic violence-related crimes. Between 2006-14, over 6,000 Americans have been killed with guns by known abusers whose hostile relationships often turn deadly when guns are present. Most of these victims are women. (Children and bystanders are not included in these statistics.)
Incomprehensibly, our elected officials continue to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to those who suffer a lifetime of sadness and loss when a loved one is gunned down in cold blood. So we continue to ask…
Why does our governor want to shorten the waiting period required to purchase a firearm, relaxing one of the strongest gun laws in the nation? Why do our assemblymen repeatedly vote against removing firearms from domestic abusers?
When asking these questions, we are summarily dismissed with “Y is a crooked letter”! Only when we demand real solutions from unresponsive representatives, or more drastically, by electing representatives who will take steps to protect us on this critical issue, can we change the status quo. The reintroduction of Bill A1211 will help to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers. It is urgent that we engage the support of Governor Christie, Congressman Smith and D12 Assemblymen Dancer and Clifton to help stem the daily slaughter of innocent women and children.
Submitted by Roz Ressner
Millstone Township, NJ 08510