RAHWAY, NJ – Cranford Mayor Thomas Hannen, Jr. was among 14 Union County mayors who signed a statement of principles against illegal guns last Wednesday at the Hamilton House. The statement of principles is prescribed by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun safety coalition committed to removing illegal guns off the streets.

The event was held by Union County’s Mom’s Demand Action and cosponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The mayors gathered to give speeches, sign the statement and discuss how they can protect residents of their respective municipalities from illegal guns.                                                                                                          

“For too long, we have listened to news stories of Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Marysville and now Marjorie Stoneman Douglas,” Hannen said. “The list is extensive and way too long.”

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Similar to his remarks at the Union County ‘March for Our Lives,’ Hannen cited the song “Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, referring to the line “teach your parents well.”

“These students are now leading the way and holding all of us elected officials and parents accountable for doing something to stop the carnage,” he said.

In signing the statement of principles, Hannen and the 13 other mayors agreed to work together to find ways to advance the following principles: target and hold accountable irresponsible gun dealers, extend background check requirements to all gun sales, oppose all federal efforts to restrict cities’ right to trace data, work to develop and use technologies that aid in illegal gun detection, supports all local state and federal legislation that targets illegal guns and invite other cities to join them in this effort.

“President Kennedy talked about the torch having been passed to a new generation of Americans,” Hannen said. “The torch is now in our hands. How we pass it on to the next generation?”

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