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Christie Announces New Task Force Aimed at Preventing Violent Crime

NJ SAFE will analyze data from numerous sources to provide recommendations on issues like gun control.

In an effort to address and understand the root causes of violent crimes, and in response to President Barack Obama's recent proposed assault weapon ban, Gov. Chris Christie announced the development of a new task force Thursday afternoon called the NJ SAFE Task Force.

By creating NJ SAFE, Christie said he hopes to take a comprehensive look at where gun control, addiction, mental health, and school safety in New Jersey intersect. While the state has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, Christie said his hope is that the task force will focus on real, common sense measures that could be appropriate for New Jersey moving forward. 

The bipartisan task force is comprised of six members and is being co-chaired by two former New Jersey Attorney Generals, Peter Verniero and John Degnan. The two chairs, along with members, Dr. Manuel Guantez, James Romer, Evelyn Sullivan, and Brian Zychowski, represent experts in the fields of mental health diagnosis and treatment, addiction services and treatment, gun control and law enforcement, and school safety. 

According to a release, the creation of the NJ SAFE Task Force represents a follow through on Christie's public commitment to understand the cause of crime in society, including but not limited to gun crime, ownership and trafficking. The task force is expected to deliver a report containing recommendations to Christie within 60 days.

Obama's gun control plan, announced Wednesday, includes a reinstatement of a lapsed ban on assault weapons, a 10-round limit for gun magazines, and the requirement that all prospective buyers be subject to background checks before they can purchase a gun, among other provisions. 

In the aftermath of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that left 28 dead, including 20 children, . When it comes to preventing violence and mass shootings, society needs to address and overcome the stigma of mental health and also consider the portrayal of violence in various forms of media, including video games.

BobDee January 19, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Don't be silly, then they would be getting at the "root" cause of all this violence,,,this way with new "task forces" they can expand the police state and take more of our rights in the name of "saftey" or "it's for the children."
My2cents January 22, 2013 at 07:43 AM
I've never seen such fear, hatred, prejudging, and pessimism among any group of people as I see in you gun-supporters. Get the facts before you spew venom.
Toolman January 22, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Ok 2cents here is the change you have been waiting for……To the gun-supporters “they are my guns, my bullets and it is My Right to protect my family when the law can’t. Let’s forget the 2nd amendment for a minute Lets say officer 1 spots a suspicious bulge someones pocket pats him down and finds a 22 the first person bought in will be the ACLU reminding the police about the persons 4th amendment rights against illegal search and seize sure and wait let us not forget how the person was profiled because of his ethnic background the fact that he is hanging on the street corner at 3:30 in the morning is not suspicious. Please the goal should be to get the guns away from the criminals and not make criminals out of law abiding responsible gun owners.
AJM January 30, 2013 at 03:36 PM
SPOT ON!!! criminals will always find a way to make/get illegal guns! Leave our 2nd Amendment ALONE! If you dont want a gun...dont buy one! More ppl are murdered in the UK with knives than are ppl in the US by guns.
AJM January 30, 2013 at 03:49 PM
TOOLMAN...I completely agree! The liberals and the left want to violate the constitution unless it suits their needs. Maybe the 2 senators leading the charge should LEAD BY EXAMPLE and give up their UNRESTRICTED CCW permits that allow them to carry anything anywhere they want. It is our right and embedded in every human to protect their family so if the gun haters and left wing liberals and media do not agree maybe its time for them to move to the U.K. or any other place that has disarmed their citizens and left them helpless. Almost every civilization that ultimately disarmed it's citizens has in some way further oppressed them or committed genecide. How about the poor Korean Immigrants in Cal during the riots that protected themselves and their AMERICAN DREAM because they owned AR15's. Or the 15 year old that saved his sister and himself when the 2 slime bags attempted to break into their home. A gun is useless much as a hammer, baseball bat and so in. In the hands of a person hell bent on committing a crime anything can be used as a weapon. What next??? Lets be real and realize that banning is not the solution. Background checks and a federal/national database is a great platform to start with!

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