by Linden Councilman Derek Armstead
Enough is enough. How many more of our children have to die before Congress takes action?
We need to do more to protect our citizens, especially our children, from tragedies like the ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Columbine High School, a Colorado movie theater and sadly the list goes on…
At a very young age, I lost my uncle to gun violence and this past summer of 2012, I lost my 20- year-old cousin. Wake up America! Violent crime has become an epidemic, a contagious disease which has gripped our country with fear, frustration and anger. Look around! Gun violence is spreading like the plague, affecting families, communities all over the United States.
How many more lives have to be lost? How many tears have to be shed before we do something? The time is now, not later! Our leaders in Washington need to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics. The protection of the American people, especially our innocent children, should be our top priority.
How about reinstating the federal ban on assault weapons? How about reenacting laws that will ban the sale, import, transfer, and possession of assault weapons and high-capacity clips, magazines, and strips?
There is no easy answer. But it is important that we start somewhere. I am urging Congress to put politics aside, and do what is right to protect the American people.
I have created a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama. Will you sign it?
Derek Armstead represents Linden’s Fourth Ward on the City Council. He is married to a school teacher and they have four children: Abigail, 5, Twin boys Ryan and Ashton, 7, and Brianna, 15.