CHATHAM, NJ - The Borough of Chatham Council passed a resolution proclaiming June 7, 2019, as National Gun Violence Awareness Day at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

“We can, and we must build a brighter future for our children and for our citizens,” Carolyn Dempsey, borough council member, said.

The Chatham Township Committee passed a similar proclamation at its most recent meeting.

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Dempsey talks about gun violence in the video below

The resolution was presented by Crystal Paone and Jamie Mclaughlin, two long-time citizens of Chatham and members of an organization called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Rather than combating gun violence in general, this organization focuses on local efforts that can be made to make schools a safer environment, and mobilize mothers across towns to work for a safer and more secure future.

Crystal Paone speaks about gun violence at the borough council meeting

Mclaughlin has been a citizen of Chatham Township for years now, and have worked for towns across Morris County and New Jersey, in general, to adopt the proclamation of gun violence awareness day as the first Friday of June.

Mclaughlin wears a pin with her brothers face on it; a loved one whose life was lost to gun violence and whose memory serves as an inspiration for this leader to continue her fight for awareness. Chatham is the location of the 12th proclamation for National Gun Violence Day in Morris County alone, and the movement to wear orange and grow awareness for gun violence has increased exponentially across the country.

Dempsey presented this resolution to the Chatham Borough Council with a story from her own life of the fear behind a gun violence attack. She stated that this proclamation could “Shine a light on the epidemic of gun violence in our nation” and serve to be a platform for awareness not only in the New Jersey area.

Dempsey along with council member Thaddeus Kobylarz presented Paone with the certificate of the proclamation, who accepted it on behalf of Moms Demand Action. 

The ceremony then closed off with the recipient describing the importance of this proclamation, illustrating the simplicity of wearing orange to raise awareness for change, and to commit the community to do more to get involved to prevent gun violence.