Letter: A Message to Congressman Lance to Help End Gun Violence

The following letter was sent to Congressman Leonard Lance.

Last year guns killed 48 people in Japan, 8 in Great Britain, 34 in Switzerland, 21 in Sweden and over 11,000 in the United States. We spend billions on security threats abroad, but do little to improve the security from assault weapons and handguns that have killed over 30,000  people in 2012.

When is enough, enough? The NRA will not be providing a pamphlet to assist our schools how to talk to children after this bloodbath. The right to bear arms is not more important than a child's right to grow up. I urge you sir, as you claim to be a moderate, to represent us and be a true leader and work with the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence and make changes. Sensible change in our nations guns laws are long overdue.

America is better than this.

Mitch Slater

Robert Murphy December 16, 2012 at 02:02 AM
America has become a rubber-necking, enabling, reality show watching, violence mongering parody of its former self. We move from one tasteless reality show to the next with little thought about how it impacts our children’s views on life. These shows thrive on resolving issues and conflict with violence and profanity. Then, when tragedies such as this occur, we become horrified. It’s easier to blame the easy scapegoat, than focus on the societal failures that led us there. We have eliminated all accountability for our actions. We are the catalyst for this violence. We reap what we’ve sown. It isn't the tractor's fault our crops went bad! It isn’t the spoon’s fault we have an obesity epidemic. We've lost all decorum. We’ve dehumanized violence in a way that our children cannot differentiate consequence. You can’t ban evil or legislate morals. Our leaders lack the moral fortitude to truly analyze the root causes of our violent society. There is too much profit is failing to see the forest through the trees. To them, it’s a “gun” problem. So short sighted.
John McCann December 16, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Congressman Leonard Lance issued the following statement regarding the tragic events that took place at Sandy Hook School: "Heidi and I send our heartfelt prayers to the victims and families of the today's senseless tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut." After the Auroroa, Colorada murders, the congressman stated: “My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the innocent victims of the horrific tragedy that occurred during the night in Aurora, Colorado.” However, when the rubber hits the road, that is, when he deigns to represent us in Congress, Mr. Lance voted "Yes" to allow anyone who has a concealed handgun permit from ANY state to carry that concealed handgun in any state -- including NJ - that is, including Cranford -- where my family and I live -- including the schools our children attend. (see: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll852.xml) This vote by Congressman Lance, had it succeeded, would have defied the wishes of the majority of New Jerseyans, who have repeatedly opted for very strict rules about who may carry concealed weapons. Interestingly, had Mr. Lance's wishes passed, we would have the gun lobby trumping states rights. (Some Republican!) Apparently, Mr. Lance, you don't know anyone who's been shot to death. Figure it out. Get off the NRA dole and vote in your constituents' interests. One less gun could means one less death. Dollars or lives!
Steve December 18, 2012 at 03:24 AM
According to a Google search I just performed, Mr. Lance's Web site, until very recently, appears to have touted a "Perfect NRA Voting Record in Congress." Various of his campaign Web sites said substantially the same thing. Search on: ["leonard lance" NRA "voting record"] All the foregoing statements apparently were just removed from his Web sites (but still are displayed in the Google search results), or so it appears to me. Please check it out for yourself, and correct me if I am wrong. Here is how Mr. Lance voted regarding recent NRA-related legislation, according to one online source located using the above search terms: 1. Nov. 16, 2011 HR 822 Requiring State Reciprocity for Carrying Concealed Firearms Bill Passed - House (Vote: 272 - 154) Voted: Yea 2. July 28, 2010 HR 5827 Exempting Guns from an Estate for Bankruptcy Purposes Bill Passed - House (Vote: 307 - 113) Voted: Yea 3. May 20, 2009 HR 627 Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks Concurrence Vote Passed - House (Vote: 279 - 147) Voted: Yea
Monk December 18, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Increasing gun controls across the entire populace seems a little like ObamaCare — mandating 100% participation when it's not really necessary. So, every citizen must lose a little freedom/property to ensure that a few people experiencing severe mental illness, economic distress, drug addiction, etc. find it more difficult to cause mayhem ... with guns. Other violent acts go unaddressed. Or are other regulations coming?
Jean Seals January 19, 2013 at 11:47 PM
As a gun owner, I don't plan 2 give up my right 2 own a gun 2 protect my family.As a child, we hunted 2 put food on the table, we respected guns. But I c NO use 2 own assault weapons .Any 1 who ownes a gun MUST respect it. We travel alot on our motorcycle, & everywhere we go ppl have permits 2 carry guns 4 proctection from the BAD guys. When ppl want 2 do harm, they will find a way. I could go on & on about the reasons 2 legally have a gun, but enough said.


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