Gun Control Group host rally in Ridgewood , invites stereo typing and criticism
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, Proponents of gun control came to the Christ Episcopal Church in Ridgewood Sunday night ,in an event was called the “Stand up for Gun Sanity” , organized by the Bergen County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence asking supporters to lobby their legislators to support a package of bills that would make New Jersey’s gun laws even more strict.
The Bergen County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence was formed in response to the shooting in Newtown, Conn., to promote gun control legislation in New Jersey.
The event featured many prominent Democratic politicians including Rep. Bill Pascrell, Senate majority leader Loretta Weinberg and Sen. Robert Gordon.
While we applaud the noble goals of the coalition, the holding an anti gun violence event in low gun violence Ridgewood seemed to invite all the stereo type criticism being leveled at these groups across the country .
Why is it that it took the killing of a bunch of “white” kids in suburbia to get politicians all geared up for gun control when the simply facts are according to the Children’s Defense Fund “The top cause of death for black teens ages 15 to 19 was gun homicide and most of these homicides are gang related.Noon of the proposed legislation does anything to thwart gang violence or even address it.
Rep. Bill Pascrell should be keenly aware of this given the neighborhood he claims to represent . So why did it take the killing of dare we say “rich white kids” , for him to step up? We would suggest looking for wealthy campaign donors may have played a factor .
The next major significant criticism is that Connecticut already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country and none of the proposed changes would have stopped the events in Newtown. Looks at Chicago with some of the strictest gun laws on the books having over 5,000 people killed due to gun violence.
Bad news for politicians is according to a recent Gallup Poll only 4% of Americans think gun control is the most Important Issue , The issue for most Americans , not politicians and media is the ECONOMY .