Letters to the Editor

East Brunswick Moms Join Protest against Insufficient Gun Laws

Congresspeople Bonnie Watson Coleman and Reed Gusciora are joined by East Brunswick/Middlesex County activists. Credits: Moms Demand Action

Two things consistently happen after a mass shooting: Everyone offers thoughts and prayers, and gun sales go up. 


When is the appropriate time to discuss changing gun laws and addressing the public health epidemic that Americans are faced with?  Seems like this questions is always in the air. 


After mass shooting like Sunday’s in Las Vegas, the opposition says that this is not the appropriate time.  We mourn and we pray and we remember the fallen.

Sign Up for E-News


When a shooter is being put on trial, the opposition says, “This is not the appropriate time, let victims and families focus on the trial”


When a victim like Rep. Steve Scalese comes miraculously back onto the Congress floor after a 3 month long recovery that is not even over….The CONGRESS FLOOR, the opposition STILL SAYS “This is not the appropriate time”!


And when some days go by without a high profile shooting like Sunday’s, or Orlando, Or Arlington, Or Charleston or Sandy Hook or Aurora, when it’s only a typical day, when the usual 93 people that die EVERY day in this country, the opposition then says “What gun violence problem?  There’s nothing to see here.  Let’s work on something more appropriate.


But it’s those times, when the unheard 93 people a day die that the gun lobby and NRA leadership do their worst work. 


You do not need a permit to concealed carry or open carry a rifle or handgun in Nevada.  You do not need to register your gun in Nevada.  You are not forbidden to have assault weapons in Nevada.  You can use a bump stock to make your semi-automatic fire like an automatic while still keeping the rifle “officially” a semi-automatic. 


Moms had successfully pushed an initiative to require background checks for ALL gun sales, including private sales.  In a state with such lax gun laws, a secure background check system is even more impotent.  While it’s wonderful that it passed last year, it has been over 10 months and there has been NO movement on putting that in place.



During Sunday’s shooting and even at the Alexandria attack of the Congress members, the first thing eyewitnesses reported with the sound of gunfire.  Hearing where it’s coming from and knowing to duck and cover can be the difference between life and death. ” the gun lobby is pushing for legislation to deregulate silencers for the first time in 80 years. The guise of “hearing protection” is a distraction from the fact that the gun lobby has seen a turn down in gun sales for the first time in years and silencers are the largest growing arm of gun manufacturers.  Making it easier to buy a silencer from a private seller will only end up with deadlier weapons being used by dangerous people who are not interested in gaming and hunting, There is a reason military use ear protection, not silencers and it’s because they work better!


Nevada is a state that has reciprocity.  Meaning states from the other 29 states that share it can honor each other’s Concealed Carry Permits.  This by no means is to say that they share requirements to get a permit.  Each state is very different, some, like Nevada requires no training.  Some states have very strict requirements, like Illinois.   But right now, Congress is working on Federal Concealed Carry Reciprocity.  Making every state honor every other’s concealed carry permit state.  NJ has the fourth strongest gun laws in the country.  How effective will they be if this passes!


So the answer to my original question, “When is an appropriate time to start talking about gun violence”? The answer is now, and tomorrow and every day after that that people are being taken from their families.  We must rescue meaning from these horrific shootings and take action that could save lives in the future.  We are not talking about taking people’s guns, or abolishing the Second Amendment.  The NRA leadership uses that to divide us.  The vast majority of gun owners and NRA members know that universal,  loophole-free background checks are reasonable.  Regulating silencers is reasonable.  Banning bump stocks is beyond reasonable!  If they believe in state’s rights because every state has different terrain and culture, they’d keep it the way it is.  But, that’s not why they want reciprocity.  The gun lobby sells guns to those who want to feel more powerful in their lives. Then they sell more guns to the people who need "protection" and want to able to” stand and fight" against the first group of people they were sold guns to!  First they sell anger, then they sell fear!


Moms Demand Action will be fighting just as hard tomorrow as we did yesterday.  And while, of course, our thoughts and prayers are with the people in Las Vegas, we will honor them with action and the promise that we are not stopping until this hateful gun culture that is uniquely American and killing our people has stopped!  Anything LESS than fighting as hard as we can as often as we can would be an insult to those taken.  And should be deemed by all of us inappropriate timing.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for 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:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

East Brunswick

FBI Agent Charged with Photographing a Woman in a Store Dressing Room

July 20, 2018

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - When a woman was changing in a dressing room of an Edison clothing store, she did know that she was being photographed against her will by a federal officer.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department said today that a FBI Special Agent has been charged with illegally photographing a 22-year woman in a dressing ...

East Brunswick's Ethan Reiss Saves the History of Who We Are

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - To some people, lists of names and pictures of locations just create a jumble of information and a confusing mass of facts.  To Ethan Reiss, a historian from East Brunswick who is working to keep facts alive, these bits and pieces come together to form a picture of who we are based on who we were in the past.

Reiss, the administrator of the popular "You Know ...

East Brunswick Council Candidates Respond to Mayor Cohen’s Comments in Recent TapInto Article

July 18, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ- Councilwoman Camille Clark and Council Candidates Curt Philipczak and Dhar Khona released the following statement in response to Mayor Cohen:

“While the TAP article and the Mayor focus on the semantics in differentiating between the phrases and terms “Redevelopment Zone” and “other” new construction, the end product is the same.  Simply ...

Learn How to “Ace The Interview” at the East Brunswick Public Library

EAST BRUNSWICK—Looking for a new job? East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) is here to help. The library offers a special program called “Acing the Interview” on Saturday, July 21 at 10:30 am, which is designed to help jobseekers.

“Acing the Interview” focuses on what many feel is the most stressful part of the job search process: the ...

Learn About Food Preservation at the East Brunswick Public Library

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission are presenting the special program “Food Preservation 101” at the library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) on Wednesday, August 1 at 7:00 pm.

“Food Preservation 101” covers the basics of food preservation. The program is led by Shailja Mathur and ...

People I've Known and Been: Little by Little by Rich Little

People I've Known and Been: Little by Little by Rich Little (Dog Ear Publishing, 2015)


Rich Little is a national treasure; a living encyclopedia of movie stars, comedians, and former presidents all wrapped into one dynamic package. Recently, my husband and I had the good fortune to see Little perform at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, where he has been doing his uncanny ...

Lucia, Lucia by Adriani Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2003)


If a summer romance novel is what you are craving to read as you sit by the pool or beach, Adriana Trigiani's Lucia, Lucia is a perfect choice. Set in 1950 New York City, the novel is about a young woman, Lucia Sartori, who is determined to have a career and be able to support herself, an unusual choice for a girl who was ...

To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...