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Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr Will Travel to Washington to Discuss Gun Laws

Mahr along with eleven other New Jersey mayors will meet in Cranford on Monday before heading to Washington to meet with members of congress about gun control laws.


Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr will travel to Washington on Wednesday as a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns to petition members of congress to implement stricter gun control laws.


Mahr, along with eleven other New Jersey mayors, will meet in Cranford on Monday to discuss their plan to tackle the issue. Also, the mayors will show members of the media at the Cranford Municipal Building a public service announcement featuring the family members of victims of gun violence and gun violence survivors.

The mayors intend to demand from congress that military style weapons be taken off the streets and guns stay out of the hands of criminals.

These twelve New Jersey mayors make up a group of 70 members from NJ in the coalition. Throughout the United States there are nearly 800 members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

At the Cranford Municipal Building on Monday, Jan. 14,  Collen Mahr, Cranford mayor Thomas Hannen, Roselle mayor Jamel Holley, Former Governor Jim Florio, Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich and Michael Pohle, a Flemington resident who lost his son in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, will speak to the media beginning at 10 a.m.

firedup49 January 12, 2013 at 11:55 PM
She doesn't speak for me. I want to know what they are going to do about mental health issues. If you look majority these shootings had to do with the shooter mentally unstable or on some sort of mediation for it. Even the Columbine shooters were on medications. I believe in the 2nd amendment. I am not a member of the NRA and I do not own a gun
Fedup American January 14, 2013 at 01:51 PM
What a mindless mayor we have in office. Goodbye second term!! Are the people that are all taking part of this pow wow under the illusion that people are in the streets with semi automatics killing people? Their plan is to disarm innocent law abiding Americans of their lawful guns with the delusion that it will stop thugs from killing . Thugs will not turn their guns in you morons!! How about facing the Global Crime Syndicate that hijacked our country and doing something to get them out of our country, out of our pockets, and out of our lives. Perhaps you can confront Obama and ask him why he spent American tax payer dollars to buy thousands of guns to then ship to the Mexican drug cartels so that he can blame the deaths on the 2nd amendment.
Fedup American January 14, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Google: "Democide" The American government whom was hijacked by the crime syndicate known as the Federal Reserve private banking cartel has cause more deaths around the world than anything else in world history!!! Thats a fact jack!!! Want to stop killings then look no further than the tyrannical federal government.
Tired Taxpayer January 14, 2013 at 06:17 PM
I didn't realize Fanwood was so dangerous! Please tell us the Mayors of Newark and Camden are going - at least they have some real experience of communities suffering from daily gun violence. (I really respect Mayor Mahr - just puzzled why she would take the time to go to this.)
Curious Citizen January 14, 2013 at 06:39 PM
If mental illness is the root cause of mass shootings, then you must advocate locking up anyone with any degree of mental illness. That is the only way shootings such as this could be addressed. Everyone advocating mental health solutions doesn't realize what they're really saying is to lock everyone like this up. You shout down your neighbor threateningly, you're locked up as a potential shooter; you have high-functioning autism, but have anger issues, lock 'em up 'cause they might obtain access to a weapon. I don't see how I can read this and similar advocate claims any differently. Please explain if I'm wrong. Holmes was a highly intelligent, educated young man until weeks before the Colorado shooting. His friends thought he was off-kilter and 2-weeks before he sent a strange SMS to one of them. Unless you abandon this guys constitutional rights at this point and immediately and without due process, lock him up, he still commits the crime. The CT guy was never in the system nor, from what I have read, showed any violent propensities. What about the guy in SP who physically grabbed a teenage ballplayer last year - does he get locked up now too? Where is the line drawn? Very curious as all I see are platitudes about 'mental health' being the cause in the media and from posters.
Nicole Bitette (Editor) January 14, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Hi Tired Taxpayer, yes those mayors are also included. We just focused on Mahr, Hannen and Holley since they are of Union County. The coalition is nearly 800 members across the country.
Tired Taxpayer January 14, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Thanks - and glad to see that Mayors from towns in NJ that have real gun violence problems are going. With only a dozen Mayors attending from NJ - still puzzled why the Mayor of Fanwood would go. Sounds like a junket. Cuold you provide a complete list?
Nicole Bitette (Editor) January 14, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Hi Tired Taxpayer, 12 is the number of mayors from NJ who attended the meeting in Cranford (we'll have a full story on that meeting up soon). Here you can find a list of all the mayors who are members of the coalition... http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml#NJ.
Robert G. Petix January 14, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Unfortunately, we will never be able to eliminate mass killings. The most recent tragedies should serve as the impetus for meaningful reasonable discussion and reform. The answer is not to punish law abiding gun owners, but rather to focus on improving our public policy on mental health and banning the most unreasonable firearms like those that overwhelmed the LA Police Department during a robbery a few ago. Sadly, in a sense, victims of gun violence are unwitting soldiers who die for our Second Amendment Rights.
C January 15, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Fanwood, has no gun crime and is a square mile. I don't understand what she has to offer? Maybe she just wants the chance to meet Obama and get some photos.
Nicole Bitette (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Hi everyone, here is the article from the meeting of the mayors in Cranford. http://scotchplains.patch.com/articles/mayors-rally-to-end-gun-violence
TempestEye January 15, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Gun control seems to be a bit of a red herring issue with respect to this particular incident. Additionally, stricter gun control is, by definition, only going to effect those who seek to purchase guns legally. I would therefore ask Mayor Mahr to consider that industry regulation is probably going to be mostly ineffective in this regard, and to wonder whether this is not just an opportunity to advance a political agenda.
The Cynic January 15, 2013 at 09:51 PM
This is ridiculous! One of a handfull of NJ mayors and Fanwood sends one. For such a small town there are no economies of scale. How much per resident will this cost? What percent of the mayors budget does this represent? For a much larger town or city I would not find this totally stupid. But with little funds and gun problems why does the mayor take this action. She will have NO impact on anything that happens in the future regarding gun legislation. Is she representing the town of Fanwood or just herself; I believe the latter. She probably did not have a vacation last year and wants the town to pay for a get-away. How many hours a year does the mayor spend in her job and what percent will this represent. It surely appears that she cares more about herself and her agenda than she does about the towm. Mayor...stay home and tend to the business of your small town!
firedup49 January 16, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Curious Citizen..... James Holmes was seeing psychiatrist months before the shooting.
Just the facts January 16, 2013 at 02:30 PM
It never ceases to amaze me, as demonstrated by the comments here, that our elected leadership or any citizen for that matter, can have but one perspective or can only be involved in one item at any given time. To address several points raised in this string; I agree that mental illness issues, guns, taxes, etc. all need to be addressed and believe it or not believe that our mayor is capable of taking on more than one task at a time. As an ordinary citizen I might be motivated to attend, but the opportunity is only open to Mayor's, so, I for one am glad her reasonable and intelligent voice will be among those heard. So, for her to attend a meeting in Washington is just another issue she must feel is important enough to spend her time and energy. Furthermore, guns do come into Fanwood! Just only last summer there was a gun incident whereby a resident took some shots at a neighbors fence and let's not forget a tragic murder/suicide that occurred less than 10 years ago in the borough. Additionally, we live adjacent to Plainfield, a city, not unlike Newark and Camden with a recently rising incident of gun violence, how long before some of that spills over into the borough. Finally, unless you stay within the borough limits 24/7 guns are everywhere. This is not about just protecting Fanwood residents in Fanwood, but whereever we may travel. So, if our Mayor wishes to use her time to speak out on issues that are important to her and others...let it be!
The Cynic January 16, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Should the mayor want to focus on prolife/prochoice, progun/antigun, evolution/devine creaton, gay marriage/anti gay marriage, legalize pot/anti pot, etc., etc......... would you still say "let it be"? Let's be realist.......the mayor of Fanwood will have zero impact on this issue. She should dedicate her efforts to those that will have an impact; and those are town issues.
Just the facts January 17, 2013 at 01:33 PM
I absolutely would say "let it be!" To quote Margaret Mead "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." Mayor Mahr or any individual for that matter never does it alone, but, if her voice can be raised to mobilize others into action...then I for one say more power to her!
firedup49 January 17, 2013 at 09:32 PM
I am tired of his arrogance of bullying. How come nothing is ever said about the over millions of gang members with illegal guns. What about those children. Over 95% of gun-related crime is caused by gang activity (FBI Uniform Crime Statistics, 1976-98) It is much larger now So why are we going after the law abiding gun owners that follow the rules? Maybe easier to have a scape goat. How appalling I have never owned a gun, but respect good citizens
not quite so firedup January 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM
@Firedup49, No one is going after law abiding citizens. Your comments are a library of hate against anything Obama does. Does our citizenry need clips that hold 20, 30, 100 rounds at a time? You say that from '76-'98 gun crimes by gang activity was over 95%. You then say it's much larger now. How much larger can it be? 120%? Did you know Bush called for an assault gun ban in '04? Or that Reagan did in '85? Were you appalled then? Let me quote someone who I believe you think is pretty smart. "Agreed... Why do we let these small group of crazies rule. Time for them to stop picking out pockets. It's time for me to say "Oh no you don't"". That was your quote from 2 days ago on the article about plastic bags. Now the majority of the country agrees with your quote.....only it's about the NRA and their advocacy of a return to the wild west.
firedup49 January 18, 2013 at 08:55 PM
It is the gun owners right to have as many clips, and not to restrict a responsible gun owner what they can have. updated: 2012 Some 33,000 violent street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs with about 1.4 million members are criminally active in the U.S. today. Many are sophisticated and well organized; all use violence to control neighborhoods and boost their illegal money-making activities, which include robbery, drug and gun trafficking, fraud, extortion, and prostitution rings. http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/vc_majorthefts/gangs The killing of children and others have been going on for years in Chicago Plainfield Camden and other cities. The outrage is there not with law abiding citizens
not quite so firedup January 18, 2013 at 09:26 PM
@Firedup49. Hogwash. It is NOT a gun owner's right to have as many clips that they want or the number of rounds. Should we be allowed a shoulder mounted rocket launcher? Machine gun? Both are regulated. I am in agreement with you that gangs or anyone else who uses a fire arm while committing a crime should receive severe and long term punishment. The controls that are being put in place or may be put in place will not have an immediate impact on these killings as we have seen a "bankrun"-like rush to procure these weapons by the survivalists and those who believe that government drones are coming for them. It will take time, but when will the stopping of the ability to wipe out a classroom full of students and teachers without reloading be accepted by this minority of "gun rights at all costs" group?

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