The following is a letter to the editor submitted by Ed Gross, chairma of the Bergen County Coalition Against Gun Violence:
I am writing to applaud the Teaneck Town Council for their decisive vote to endorse the state's new anti-gun violence resolutions. As the chair of the group behind the effort to gain endorsements, I think the Council deserves the town's praise and gratitude for their stand on this issue. Their desire to promote safety from gun violence accurately represents the overwhelming majority of Teaneck residents. Five other Bergen County towns have already endorsed the resolution we proposed and many others are considering it.
Eighteen Bergen County mayors have joined NYC Mayor Bloomberg's non-partisan group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Those who oppose common sense restrictions including universal background checks and the banning of assault weapons and high-capacity magazine clips have no factual ground to stand on.
Throughout the civilized world and right here in New Jersey it has already been proven without doubt that such restrictions reduce violence and that the sure result of the presence of guns in our homes is an increase in the murders and suicides of household members.
The Bergen County Coalition Against Gun Violence