Hunter & Gun Owner Featured in “Aiming for Safety,our ”
To Be Shown at Summit Film Society on Dec. 14
Texas-born hunter and gun owner George Faison believes that six fixes to the nation’s gun laws will make us safer without taking away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.
His suggestions are featured in a short film, “Aiming for Safety,” which will be premiered at 7 p.m., Friday, December 14, at Mondo, 426 Springfield Ave. in Summit.
The eight-minute film, along with a discussion and call to action, is being shown as a remembrance of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting six years ago on December 14, 2012.
The program is free and open to the public. It is cosponsored by our Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit and the Film Society of Summit.
In the film, Faison speaks to a small audience of gunowners and other hunters. “I am fed up with mass shootings in public places and horrified by the daily shootings in our cities,” says Faison, who owns seven guns but feels the National Rifle Association no longer speaks for him.
Among his proposed changes are universal background checks for all gun sales, including on the internet, and a ban on assault weapons, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. “There should be mandatory buybacks of such weapons so owners are reimbursed at full value,” Faison says.
The evening will include a welcome by Rev. Robin Tanner, Beacon’s minister of worship and outreach; a homily by Rev. Rob Gregson, executive director of UU Faith Action New Jersey; and new information on current legislation by Carole Stiller, president of NJ Million Mom March of the Brady Campaign. Faison will take audience questions via teleconferencing, since he will be out of town for the premiere.
Former legislative candidate Lacey Rzeszowski will lead a call to action on behalf of Summit Marches On, a bipartisan group founded as a response to the January 2017 Women’s March on Washington. The group urges the audience to bring family photos or holiday cards to mail to the New Jersey Congressional Delegation asking for the passage of safe and sane gun laws during the first 100 days of the 2019-2020 Congressional session.
As part of the event, Elaine Lane of Irvington will display dozens of shoes around the Mondo building, representing New Jersey residents who have been killed by gunfire in the 20 years since the shooting death of her son David in 1998. The non-profit organization, David’s Shoes, was named in honor of her son, a teenager when he died.