Use N.J. as example

of responsible gun laws

This is an open letter to Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd.

As a strong believer in our Constitution and all of its amendments, I urge you to take a stand in the House in favor of the kind of sensible gun regulation that has served New Jersey well. Please advocate for the responsible gun regulation that makes our state a beacon, protecting our Second Amendment right to bear arms, but also requiring meaningful background checks to ensure that only responsible citizens have guns.

New Jersey, thanks to the wisdom of our representatives, protects its citizens from assault weapons, large-capacity ammunition clips and hollow-point bullets. Such ordnance is best reserved for law enforcement officers and the military. Our state carefully checks backgrounds of gun permit applicants to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and those who would harm others. Our laws rigidly punish those who commit crimes with guns. We have come together to prevent tragedies.

I respectfully urge you to call national attention to the leadership and foresight of New Jersey in the area of responsible gun ownership. Your voice will be the voice of many overwhelmed by the mass murder of 20 of our nation's youngest, who are our future.

JOSEPH RODGERS

Northfield

Reforms can honor

the dead of Newtown

When I was in college in New York City, a plaque on one of the buildings marked the site of the infamous 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, which killed 146 people, mostly young female garment workers.

The factory doors were locked and many women jumped to their deaths. This unspeakable catastrophe was the impetus for new government-imposed safety standards and building codes. The response was swift and gave some meaning to the deaths of the innocent victims.

We are now at a crossroads concerning gun violence. Twenty angels have been murdered by a disturbed person using a semiautomatic weapon that used 30-round magazines of ammunition. One of these 6-year-old innocent victims had 11 bullets pierce his tiny body. The gun "rights" fringe claims this is not the time to discuss gun legislation. If not now, when? The legislators bought with National Rifle Association money have, apparently, taken a vow of omerta.

This carnage must stop.

Why does any reasonable citizen need a semiautomatic assault weapon? Why does anyone need body armor unless they intend to have a shootout with police? Why are some vendors at gun shows exempt from requiring federal background checks?

It will be argued that guns don't kill people, people kill people. But why do we make it so easy to kill scores at a time? We will never erase violence. There will always be evil among us. But we can make it more difficult to buy, own and possess a semiautomatic killing machine. The time has come to make the NRA irrelevant.

Please join me in calling our lawmakers to task so that the memory of the 20 fallen angels in Newtown, Conn., will have some meaning other than a plaque at the Sandy Hook elementary school.

JOHN O'DONNELL

Cape May Court House

Examine violent games,

mental health services

What's changed?

In the wake of the horrible massacre of school children in Connecticut, we ask why.

We have always had guns in the United States. It's part of our heritage and one of our basic rights.

In recent years, as these massacres have multiplied, young emotionally troubled males who commit these murders have had access to violent video games while they have been denied access to mental health services until they commit crimes.

In any analysis about solutions to reduce these terrible murders, we should be sure to include reviews of these two factors.

SAM BROWN

Cape May Court House

Technology could make

more secure gun locks

Like many of my fellow Americans, I was shocked by the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

In an age of smart phones and keys with computer chips in them that start our cars, why isn't there a technology to create a smart gun? With a computer chip, a firearm could be enabled or disabled with a key or an app from a smart phone.

ERIC SALTZMAN

Bradley Beach

Obama showed

his emotional side

I watched President Barack Obama speak in Newtown, Conn. He had tears in his eyes that he wiped away. It gave me tears also. It shows that Obama is a real human being, and I admire him for his concern for those in Connecticut.

Bless all those people who were affected by this terrible massacre.

HARVEY SMITH

Somers Point