Going into my last year of high school there has been a lot on my mind: applying to college, passing my classes, studying for AP tests, and the looming fear of gun violence at school.
Just over a month ago, a man was arrested outside Tamaques Elementary School in Westfield, only 30 minutes away, with a loaded .45-caliber handgun and 130 rounds of ammunition. Thankfully the police were quick to the scene, but it confirmed the fears my classmates and I feel every day: the horror stories we read about in the news can happen here. We’ve had our own scares even here in Morristown, from students posting threats and weapons on social media to the discovery of bullets on our football field. Being at school feels unsafe.
That’s why I’m so frustrated that our Assemblyman, Anthony Bucco, has voted over and over against common-sense gun safety. He’s voted against mandatory background checks for all gun sales and against keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and the mentally ill. He even voted against establishing gun-free zones around schools! He’s repeatedly received a perfect score from the NRA.
Candidates for Assembly Lisa Bhimani and Darcy Draeger are dedicated to ending gun violence and will fight for gun safety policies that will keep our students safe at school. No one should have to be afraid in their own classroom. I’ll be voting for them this November, and I hope you will too.