Paulmeno thanks Tesei for action on illegal guns

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I would like to thank the first selectman for adding Greenwich to the list of towns and cities across America who stand united against illegal guns and against guns continuing to be sold to people who should not have access to them.

Universal background checks are essential to reducing gun trafficking and the prevalence of guns in the hands of people who should not own them. There have been more than 7,000 confirmed gun-related deaths just since the Newtown massacre. Where  is the outrage? Why do we sit back and accept this?

We must be proactive to reduce gun related deaths and gun violence that has become so prevalent in our country. I thank the first selectman for doing the right thing.

This bipartisan view that is gaining ever increasing support as the numbers of gun-related deaths continues to rise across our great state and our great country. In joining this movement, the first selectman, contrary to views presented by other commenters, took no stand on behalf of Greenwich to remove guns from law abiding citizens who have shown no reason that they should not own a gun.

I support the position that legal gun owners should not be criminalized. I too owned a gun at one point.

In a letter to the editor on Aug. 15, Mr. Lucarelli credited me for “goading” the first selectman into joining with other town/city leaders based on my one-minute comment at the Selectmen’s meeting, but credit for the petition presented to them was the arduous work of Jonathan Perloe, Dan Edelstein, Kelly Bridges, Elizabeth Perry and dedicated others who worked to form the Greenwich Coalition Against Gun Violence and prepared and defended their excellent presentation to the three selectmen.

They deserve the credit due. I also never wrote an Op Ed on this topic as Mr. Lucarelli noted. Thank you Mr. First Selectman for doing the right thing.

 

Stephanie Paulmeno
Greenwich

 

The author is the Democratic candidate for first selectman.

 

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