Government

Summit Residents Part of Gun Control Advocate Protest at Congressman Lance’s Office

9cb9f41d3caafea5efbf_a02bcf00910f4e5bd546_f8297bc0db2e6ee12c78_65c59e7810c3a7db0f11_588a13d2cb078fa8fe9f_DSC_2305.JPG
Gun control advocates protest in front of Congressman Leonard Lance’s office on North Avenue. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
c50362911114265a27f6_a7c698c7ea284ffa8b87_beed090d6a71dbb5593f_DSC_2302.JPG
Gun control advocates protest in front of Congressman Leonard Lance’s office on North Avenue. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
9cb9f41d3caafea5efbf_a02bcf00910f4e5bd546_f8297bc0db2e6ee12c78_65c59e7810c3a7db0f11_588a13d2cb078fa8fe9f_DSC_2305.JPG

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 20 gun control advocates of all ages participated in a protest in front of Congressman Leonard Lance’s office Wednesday morning.

Supporters of the NJ Million Moms March Chapters, partnering with the Unitarian Church in Summit, Moms Demand Action and unaffiliated supporters were encouraged to attend as part of a larger campaign Wednesday by MMM and Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Chapters to demonstrate at Republican Congressional district offices across the country.

In a letter to supporters encouraging them to attend, NJ Million Mom March Chapters President Carole Stiller explained, “We are demanding that lawmakers allow a vote on legislation to expand Brady background checks to all gun sales and close the Terror Gap which allows persons on the NO FLY list of suspected terrorists to continue to purchase guns. On Tuesday, the House was scheduled to vote on a Terror Gap bill that was almost useless, one developed by two Congressmen on the NRA’s A-List.  At the end of the day, there was 'no' vote.  The pressure we are putting on Congress to do the right thing is working. We are continuing our efforts in NJ with the following event.”

Sign Up for E-News

Soon after protesters gathered on North Avenue in Westfield, (coincidentally, next to union workers rallying outside of State Senator Tom Kean Jr.’s office), Miller told the group, “We’re just here for a peaceful demonstration today. I hope to keep it that way.”

Most of the protesters, including Republican voter Lacey Rzeszowski of Summit, were unaffiliated with any particular advocacy group, Rzeszowski noted. The Hilltop City mom had helped spread the word about Wednesday’s event.

“I’ve absolutely hit my limit,” Rzeszowski said. “Every situation that’s occurred, whether it’s sitting in a high school being terrorized, on a college campus, dancing in a club or walking down the street — we’re all at risk. My children who are teenagers literally don’t know what it’s like to live in the USA without this level of gun violence. It’s for our generation to change. It’s for our legislators to change.”

Phyllis Sank also came from Summit to let Congressman Lance know how she feels.

“The Second Amendment has been taken and twisted into something it was never meant to be,” Sank said.

Miller and a few other protesters were eventually invited into Lance’s office to speak with members of his staff.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Summit

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_37b1d582821947944262_c6711052bf7af8828231_storytime_0317

Thu, April 26, 10:00 AM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

Spanish Storytime

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_1cef87cbdacf9defb471_c9d423b6982ac3168cd6_adobestock_53537383_storytelling

Thu, April 26, 10:00 AM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

Ages 1-5 yrs.: Spanish Storytime

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_59bc41786cfb3abe3b6a_f0a7bc50aea6d2cb93e4_book_with_flower

Thu, April 26, 4:00 PM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

Grades K-5: Serendipity

Arts & Entertainment Education

Summit Police Blotter

April 11, 2018

3/13 - Jayhee Cho, 32, of Summit was arrested and charged with criminal mischief. Mr. Cho was processed and released with a pending court date.

3/13 - Aseyefigh K. Papanye, 30, of Brooklyn, New York was arrested and charged with theft of credit cards, fraudulent use of credit cards, theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking, obstruction of the administration of the law, and possession of ...

Audio: Point View's Dietze Reviews Tech Alternatives to FAANG Stocks

April 25, 2018

Point View Wealth Management's Founder, President and Chief Investment Strategist, David Dietze, live on Bloomberg on earnings season, FAANG stocks, and how to make money for the rest of the year!:

ptview.com/medias/tv-radio

For nearly 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio ...

Video: Point View's Petrides Says Oil Price Hysteria Unwarranted, Talks Tech

Point View Wealth Management's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, live on BNN Bloomberg discussing stocks with oil near $70 per barrel and major Tech earnings this week:

ptview.com/medias/tv-radio

​​​​​​For nearly 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio management ...

Fear of Rising Rates? Remember The Reason You Own Bonds

If the current interest environment has you concerned about your bond portfolio, remember why you are investing in bonds.  The role bonds, or fixed income, play in a portfolio is not solely based on performance.  Bonds are used to offer stability, particularly when stock market volatility is rising. Rate hikes can dampen bond performance, but keep perspective on how rising rates impact ...

Cluelessly Clueless

I teenaged my way through high school under the assumption that my parents had no idea what I was doing.  I like to think I was pretty good at withholding information and presenting situations in ways that were other than they really were.

 

Still, sometimes they found things out.  Like the time my friends plopped me on our front door step at one o'clock in the morning ...