Target: Robert D. Jackson, mayor of Montclair, New Jersey
Goal: Praise the township of Montclair, New Jersey for its gun buyback program, which will also raise money for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
Ever since the recent tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, gun control has been a topic at the forefront of political debates. Several cities and towns have launched gun buyback programs in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook, but Montclair, New Jersey has gone one step further: for every dollar the township uses to buy back a gun, a dollar will be donated to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Montclair deserves recognition for its proactive and compassionate response to the heartbreaking events in Newtown. Sign the petition praising Montclair for its buyback program and charitable donations.
In the wake of Sandy Hook, several anonymous donors in Montclair came forward to propose a gun buyback program to Montclair officials. The donors provided $10,000 to fund the program. Robert Jackson, mayor of Montclair, has thrown his support behind the idea: “We’ll be getting guns off the street and we’ll be helping out Newtown,” he said, adding that he hopes to raise $10,000 for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
Although gun buyback programs have been widely criticized as incapable of addressing the root of the problem of gun violence in America, they are still steps in the right direction. While many argue that law-abiding citizens, not criminals, will turn in their firearms, the fact remains that gun buyback programs decrease the number of firearms in the hands of the general public. For people like the Sandy Hook shooter, who used guns stolen from his mother’s house, even the return of guns by law-abiding citizens would make it more difficult to obtain firearms.
The Sandy Hook School Support Fund is the result of a partnership between United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank that aims to “provide support services to the families and community that has been affected.”
Gun buyback programs are by no means the most comprehensive response to gun violence. They may not even be the most effective. However, they constitute concrete steps toward building safer communities. Montclair’s program, with its added commitment to supporting those affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy, is admirable for both its ambition and its compassion. Sign the petition praising Montclair for its gun buyback program.
Dear Mayor Jackson,
I am writing to express my support for Montclair’s proposed gun buyback program, which will also help to raise money for those affected by the recent tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
In the days following the shooting at Sandy Hook, there has been an overwhelming push among politicians and everyday people alike to do something in response. While many cities and towns have launched gun buyback programs or reaffirmed existing ones, Montclair’s program aims not only to focus on a broad curtailment of gun violence but to acknowledge and support those who have felt the effects of gun violence in their lives.
Montclair’s buyback program is admirable not only for its ambition but for its compassion, and I thank you for reaching out to others in need while taking steps to prevent future events like Sandy Hook.
[Your Name Here]
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