Selectmen embraced common sense on guns

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I am writing to commend the Greenwich Board of Selectmen and First Selectman Peter Tesei for embracing common sense gun reform.

Separately, the board passed 3-0 a strong resolution against illegal guns, public safety and for working with federal, state and local leaders to combat gun violence. After some confusion, First Selectman Peter Tesei became an honorary coalition member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group formed by Mayor Bloomberg and others in 2006.

Greenwich joins 18 other municipal leaders from Connecticut in joining Mayors Against Illegal Guns, including chief elected officials from Stamford, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Weston and Bethel. These are all local communities impacted by the senseless violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

The Greenwich Board of Selectmen also endorsed universal background check for gun purchases, a common sense proposal bogged down in Congress and special interest politics even though it has the support of 93% of the American people. Greenwich is making forward looking steps to prevent possible future outburst of violence and suffering by victims families. All these common sense solutions work within the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a leading voice for common sense gun control, exposing the causes of gun violence and deserves our support. This is truly a bipartisan issue, with support from Greenwich Republicans including the state legislative delegation for the gun reforms passed in Hartford this spring.

I praise First Selectman Peter Tesei for joining this bipartisan spirit and joining the movement with other local leaders to find solutions to gun violence and improved public safety at a time when special interests have Congress frozen in gridlock and unable to find common sense solutions to senseless gun violence, where ever it may occur whether in Aurora, Colo., Newtown and, in the future, possibly even in our beloved town.


Robert Nixon
Old Greenwich

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