Editorial: On gun violence, what next?
Perhaps inevitably, the debate over gun violence in New Hampshire has become a long, angry referendum on Sen. Kelly Ayotte – her vote on gun control measures in the U.S. Senate, her town hall meetings in the aftermath and her recent column describing her views.
Residents on both sides of this issue continue to weigh in – not to mention out-of-state partisans hoping to boost or sink Ayotte’s political future.
Is there more we should be doing?
After the Sandy Hook massacre and other senseless mass killings, are there practical steps to be taken at a state or local level to make our communities more safe?
Those are the questions being asked by the Temple Beth Jacob Social Action Committee in Concord and The Project for Safer Communities NH, an organization formed in January to serve as an umbrella group for planning and sharing information on this issue.
Together, the two groups are planning a gun violence prevention forum next month as a way to start a community conversation.
The event, planned for June 2 at 10 a.m., will include a panel discussion with Concord police Chief John Duval; state Rep. Stephen Shurtleff of Penacook, sponsor of the Stand Your Ground repeal bill; Dr. Mark Ciocca, a mental health professional and member of the Firearm Safety Council; and Judy Stadtman, co-founder and director of the state chapter of the Project for Safer Communities.
(If you’re interested in attending, email Jon Bresler at jbresler@
By the time June 2 rolls around, of course, it’s quite likely that both the U.S. Senate and the New Hampshire Senate will have failed to make any progress on this issue for this legislative session. But the issue of preventing senseless violence and mayhem will not have gone away.
Advocates for sensible gun control measures may not yet have scored a legislative victory. But they’ve put the issue on Americans’ radar. Given the outpouring of anger in recent weeks, it’s clear citizens are still groping for solutions. The forum is a practical place to start.