Letter to the Editor: League of Women Voters Position on Gun Control

LWV urges fellow citizens in our communities to join with them to lobby for the passage of laws that better protect all citizens from violence by weapons of assault.

To the Editor:

The shooting of school children at the Sandy Hook School is, unfortunately, just one of a string of horrific incidents where an assailant used assault weapons to indiscriminately kill and maim.  We urgently need common sense solutions to the gun violence that is plaguing our nation.

The members of the League of Women Voters of Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Summit urge all elected officials - and at all levels of government - to work together to adopt measures that will ban assault weapons.  We need laws that place limits on magazine size and close the gun show loopholes so that buyers of guns everywhere must undergo thorough background checks.  There should be no special protection of the gun industry.

Our position on gun control is based on a nationwide League of Women Voters consensus reached by the League's more than 140,000 members and supporters in 1990. Based on this position, we have acted in support of the assault weapons ban, legislation requiring all dealers to run criminal background checks at gun shows, and in opposition to laws that grant special protection for the gun industry.

We urge fellow citizens in our communities to join with us to lobby for the passage of laws that better protect all citizens from violence by weapons of assault.


Sharon Davis, President

The League of Women Voters,

Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Summit

Bobby January 25, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Since we're in new jersey, hence, democrat silence and media treason its important to get the word out on our NJ Senator... a predator!!! FBI mum on allegations Sen. Menendez 'received the services of young prostitutes' in Dominican Republic By Judson Berger Published January 25, 2013 FoxNews.com Sept. 27, 2012: Sen. Robert Menendez speaks in Sayreville, N.J. (AP) The FBI is declining to comment on newly emerged documents that appear to show the agency investigating allegations that Sen. Bob Menendez "received the services of young prostitutes" while in the Dominican Republic -- a charge the senator's office has rejected for months.
Paul B Raynolds February 18, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Unfortunately, Ms Davis talks about "assault weapons" but like most people who favor an assault weapons ban, has no idea what she is talking about. There is no such thing as an "assault weapon" as this is a term conjured up by gun control activists to demonize a whole host of firearms they don't like. There are assault rifles but when talking about the civilian market, these are virtually all semi-automatic rifles. Thus they are not "weapons of war" or "military" guns. Moreover, most AR's are chambered for the .223 Remington round that, by rifle caliber standards, is relatively underpowered. By way of example, people don’t hunt deer (or other large game) with AR rifles because the cartridge isn’t big enough to bring them down. There is a reason that the 223 Rem round is described as a “varmint” round. My question for Ms Davis is what does she hope to achieve by “banning” them? After all, Connecticut already has such a ban on the books yet the rifle used by Mr. Lanza was not covered by this legislation. In addition, crimes committed with rifles of any kind make up a miniscule percentage of all crimes committed with a firearm.


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