Violence prevention is the name of the game not just in New Jersey but
throughout the country. The recent school shooting in Newtown sparked
intense motivation within lawmakers all over the country. The Obama administration
has even already announced its intention to limit access to certain firearms.
Now, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has announced that he wants the
issue of violence and guns looked at in his state. A task force called
NJ Safe will study issues related to incidents of violence such as mental
illness, guns, addiction and more. After about two months of research,
the task force will present recommendations meant to make New Jersey a
safer state for all, including school children.
Gov. Christie faces great pressure to strengthen the already strict gun
laws in the state. He so far is refusing to make any rash changes to the
law, even after New York has done so this week. The NJ Safe task force
is his way of addressing an issue that so many of his constituents are
With the legal changes in New York, the president's recent announcement
regarding assault weapons and now a controversial NRA ad, it is nearly
impossible to get away from the topic of gun violence. There are more
than two sides to the issue. What is important is for New Jersey and for
lawmakers everywhere to fall on the side of justice, the side of not just
supposedly protecting society from violence but protecting it from unreasonably
losing certain rights as well.
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Source: The Star-Ledger, "Christie announces task force to reduce violence in N.J.; calls NRA commercial
'reprehensible,'" Christopher Baxter, Jan. 17, 2013