Newtown Massacre Prompts Gun Control Rally in Teaneck

Dozens gathered at a Cedar Lane rally to call for stricter gun laws and an end to violence following elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

Residents rallied Saturday night in Teaneck to call for stricter gun control laws in the wake of a shooting rampage that left 20 children and six adults dead at a Connecticut elementary school. 

The crowd, organized quickly through the Internet and by the Ethical Culture Society, held candles and carried signs calling for tighter regulation of firearms and an end to gun violence.

Teaneck resident Jim Norman said he hoped to continue holding rallies and push elected leaders to act. 

"We feel it is time to move from mourning to action," he said. "This is the first in this area of what we hope will be non-stop action until America comes to its senses." 

Norman, a parent who said he was brought to tears by the killings, called for restrictions on the purchase of military-style weapons. Adam Lanza, identified by state police as the 20-year-old Newtown gunman, killed 26 people at the school with a high-powered rifle, shooting children as young as six multiple times and inflicting what the state medical examiner described as "devastating" injuries. 

Weapons linked to the shooting were legally registered to Lanza's mother Nancy, who he killed before opening fire at the school, according to reports. 

The national debate over gun control has emerged following other mass killings in recent years, but did not produce any major revisions to federal gun laws. Norman said a strong public outcry was the only way to force policy changes. 

"It won't make a difference unless people rise up and make it make a difference and that's what we're doing," he said of the Teaneck effort. 

Art Vatsky, of Teaneck, pointed to the efforts of state and congressional leaders. 

"This gratuitous bloodshed with automatic weapons, quantities of ammunition and body armor was not meant to be protected by the Second Amendment," he told Patch after the rally. 

While the Newtown rampage marked another grim milestone - the deadliest mass shooting at a U.S. elementary school - a Brooklyn social worker at the rally said young people were impacted by violence on a daily basis. 

"I've been in schools where every year there's another murder from a student, to a teacher to a mother of a child," she said. "I want us not to forget about the kids everyday who are dying."


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Esther Sandrof December 17, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Robert Ehrich - You are absolutely right. The massacre in which 13 people were killed and 29 people wounded in 2009 could have been avoided If only someone had a gun at Fort Hood.
John Santaella December 18, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Oh, please! Let's stop this 'if more people were armed' nonsense. A few months ago there was an incident in NYC near the Empire State Building where an individual targeted one person and killed that person. Nine other people were injured by gunfire and they were all shot by cops who are trained with weapons. So, please, let's think this through. In Aurora the same argument was presented. I guarantee if people in the movie theater had been armed the bloodshed and death would have been greater.
John Santaella December 18, 2012 at 01:35 AM
And this should show us something, that even in places where people are trained in the use of weapons these weapons are not carried around.
Legal Notice December 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Political grandstanding in Teaneck is a Joke. Teaneck an ultra liberal enclave ghetto has zero effect on public policy in America. Americans voted last week with their wallets when they purchased all the Guns in Southern Walmarts last week. They know about Obamas hypocrisy arming the mexican Drug cartels with Machine guns in. As a legal matter we already have the strictest gun control laws in the union. The second Amendment aint about duck hunting and is going no where so get over it. Take some of the $ 300 k that the fat school Supers get and hire an armed guard for $ 40 k
John Santaella December 23, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Armed guards? Are we still calling for more guns? Retired cops so they can double dip? No thank you.


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