Lance Responds to Letter on Gun Control Issues

February 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

To the Editor:

I had the honor of meeting Ms.(Lori)  Bennett and four other representatives of NJ Residents for Action where for more than one hour we had what I thought was a cordial and frank discussion on the issues surrounding gun control and gun violence in America.  

During the meeting I expressed my willingness to consider a number of gun control measures as part of a comprehensive, anti-violence effort this year.

Sign Up for E-News

I restated my support for a comprehensive study of our laws aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, potentially including closing gun-show loopholes and tightening the background-check process on gun sales as well as examining our current entertainment culture where Hollywood and video game makers tend to de-sensitize gun violence.  

Committees of jurisdiction in both the U.S. House and Senate are currently working on legislation in these particular areas and I pledged to carefully review these measures upon completion of the committees' work.

I also pointed out that the House Energy and Commerce Committee — of which I am a member – will take a lead role in examining the current state of federal mental health research programs and what role mental illness played in the tragedies in Newtown, Aurora, Tucson and at Virginia Tech.  

My committee is already working closely with the Obama Administration on proposals both new and old to better identify and treat people with mental health problems.  

For example just last week the Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) listing eleven recommendations made by President Bush following the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings that dealt with mental health issues and asked HHS Secretary Sebelius to provide status updates on each by Feb. 21. 

“In order to determine what actions were taken after previous tragedies, and whether those actions were effective, the committee seeks information on the status of HHS’s efforts to implement the recommendations made in the 2007 Report following the Virginia Tech shootings," the letter said.  I hope to keep all constituents informed and updated on our efforts.

I do firmly believe that the solutions are as complex as the problems themselves.  And while no set of laws can eliminate evil in the world, we as a Nation have an obligation to work together and remain focused on the issue at hand – keeping firearms out of the hands of those in our society who wish to do harm.  

I respectfully hope Ms. Bennett and her group will be part of this effort.  

Leonard Lance
Member of Congress

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Four Years to the Day After Tragedy, Documentary 'Newtown' Screens in Summit Dec. 14

December 7, 2016

SUMMIT, NJ - 'Newtown', a documentary by Kim A. Snyder that chronicles the aftermath of the deadliest shooting of schoolchildren in American history -- a shooting that took the lives of 20 elementary school children and six educators -- will be screened locally on December 14 at MONDO. The film's showing coincides with the four-year anniversary of the tragedy in Newtown, CT, ...

Berkeley Heights PAL Runners Win Team 11-12 Boys USATF Regional Championships

On November 20th, hundreds of runners lined up for the Junior Olympics Cross Country Regional Championships in Greystone Park in in Morris Plains, New Jersey. It was blustery cold, winds were upwards of 30-40 miles per hour and the grounds where covered with sleet.

The 11-12 3000 meter Boys WolfPack runners of Patrick McGrath, Chris Marinko, Nick Yarad, Jackson Levine, and Aidan Linde were ...

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Welcomes Chief Operating Officer 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ –  The Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is pleased to welcome Richard J. Levy as its Chief Operating Officer. Levy brings decades of management experience, most recently as the CEO of Myelin Health. 

“On behalf of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, we are pleased to welcome Rich to our management team as our ...

Speaker Ryan Signs Lance Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Vice Chair of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, today joined U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan as he signed off on Lance’s  Consumer Review Fairness Act.  Lance’s consumer protection legislation passed both the House and U.S. Senate and now heads to President Obama.  The legislation will allow ...

Our Town

December 5, 2016

To the Editor:

The past few years have brought on a numerous number of debates, the Redevelopment Act, new town hall, change in our downtown area, the Supreme Court ruling on COAH to name a few. Many of you know I do not agree with some of the above BUT I am only one person. I have learned to sit and study the different situations to understand them by researching.
The other thing that we ...

Letter to the Editor by Edmund Tom Maciejewski

Dear Editor,

 

In accordance with a ballot question that was passed in November 2005, Berkeley Heights switched from a Township Committee form to a Mayor-Council-Administrator form of government under the Faulkner Act or OMCL ( Optional Municipal Charter Law ).

There are 4 categories of municipalities under the Faulkner Act. The Mayor-Council-Administrator form that was chosen by ...

BH Town Council, Where's the Zero?

To the editor: 

In a recent Mayor’s Roundtable, the town council mentioned that Berkeley Heights uses zero-based budgeting. The Nov 17, 2016 stream of the Mayor's Roundtable explained the budgeting process and made it clear that Berkeley Heights is not using ZBB by any definition of the term.  

Our council used to have five or six budget review meetings to publicly go ...

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...

The Mayor's Roundtable November Edition

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mayor's Round Table is a monthly show hosted by Dr. Donald DeFabio, who sits with Mayor Robert Woodruff to talk about current issues that affect the township as well as answer questions submitted by citizens. 

Included in this episode are discussions regarding the next step to creating a Peppertown Park committee; Board of Education ...

Shannon's six week transformation story

Shannon just finished her 6 Week Transformation, here were her results: 

Dropped 2 Pant sizes
Energy Level went from a 2 to a 9
Confidence level from a 5 to a 9

She was very happy and satisfied with these results, but the best result was taking her focus off the scale! For years Shannon only measured her success for her health by weight loss.

When we sat down in the ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_96fe69a843c33a88747d_dab3f69e0779f6f216b2_merry_fitness

Wed, December 7, 5:00 AM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Merry Fitness – A Program To Get You Through The ...

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_6435a3c7c84d3883aa2e_animal_shelter

Wed, December 7, 5:00 AM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Give Back & Help a Local Animal Shelter

Giving Back

Carousel_image_a88a67d7c51fc2b1361c_2b4f9e1efe9242037202_bridge

Wed, December 7, 12:00 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Duplicate Bridge at the Y

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, December 7, 12:00 PM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Enhance Fitness

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_d5ddab0d259a295c0a15_20d17dee9fefa83e1abc_mahjong

Wed, December 7, 12:30 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Mah Jongg

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, December 7, 6:00 PM

Union County College, Cranford

Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) -- ...

Education

Which is Best: Lump Sum or Pension Annuity?

Is a lump sum offer from an employer a better choice than a pension annuity for life? The former provides an immediate up-front amount (say $300,000), but the pension annuity gives you a stream of payments for life (example: $1,350 per month). A number of employers dangle a lump sum offer to employees in part to remove future liabilities from their balance sheets. It’s tempting for ...

Chris Brown Named President at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties is proud to announce the appointment of Chris Brown to President of the 21-office real estate brokerage headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey. Previously serving as Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager, Brown is a member of the company’s ownership team along with Bill Keleher, Seymour and Nancy Litwin, and Steve Janett.

Local Students Lend a Hand at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Gov. Livingston seniors Hannah Probst and Gillian Mitreuter walk in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade for the second yea.. Last year they were a part of the 'All star' baseball clown group and this year they were a part of the first ever Girl Scout float group.

"It was such an honor walking with the Girl Scout's inaugural float as we were both Girl Scouts ...