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.

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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