Written by Opinion Wednesday, December 19, 2012 12:00 am
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To the editor:
Who can stand the horror from the news this past week, the execution-style killings of 20 innocent children and eight adults at a school in Newton, Conn. Think again. This past year, nearly as many were killed in Atlantic County.
You would think that the wanton destruction of human life in our own backyard would raise our collective consciousness, but it hasn’t. Atlantic City and Pleasantville, where most of the killings have taken place, seems remote from Margate, Northfield and Linwood, but geographically and spiritually it isn’t. A killing in this community is a loss to us all, a potent message to the world our vital tourist region, the lifeblood of the citizenry here and the state of New Jersey is not safe. Gun violence harms our families and community – and our pocketbooks.
The people in this community seem disconnected at times by social class and race, but all of us are connected by the senseless loss of life by guns. As we all share the grief and sadness at what happened in Connecticut, let us finally realize that common-sense gun control protects our community and helps it prosper.
Let us empower ourselves and do at least one thing. Call Congressman Frank LoBiondo at (609) 625-5008 or (202) 225-6572 and tell him we want common-sense gun control to protect Atlantic County and the United States of America.