East Brunswick: Rep. Watson Coleman Hosts "Students Speak" Town Hall on Gun Violence

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Credits: official photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following the mass shooting two weeks ago in Parkland, Florida and last week's vigil to support legislation regulating gun purchases and increasing mental health treatment, East Brunswick has become a center of activism.

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) will host 200 students, educators, parents, and community members from school districts across the state for a town hall in East Brunswick to discuss Congress’ inaction on gun safety in light of 27 school shootings this year, including the incident at Parkland, FL that left 17 students and school personnel dead.  The event will be held at the East Brunswick community Center on Cranbury Road.

Watson Coleman will be joined by Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of New Jersey State Police in his first public event since being appointed, East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen and The College of New Jersey Clinic Director Dr. Jennifer Sparks.

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“Our youth deserve the opportunity to positively shape the world they will soon lead," said Watson Coleman. Young people are making their voices heard loud and clear across the country, and I am proud to be held accountable by young leaders who are demanding real action that will ensure protections for their schools and communities. I'm honored to represent New Jersey in Washington but, at the same time, I am frankly ashamed of the response by my Republican colleagues on guns - their inaction and hollow promises are a slap in the face to the American public. Democrats have put forth countless bills in Congress to improve gun safety, including my Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act. We must do what we can to stop the gun epidemic that has plagued this nation. New Jersey has an opportunity to continue its leadership on policy solutions to reduce gun violence. We demonstrate every day that the will of the people should always supersede political interest groups - the lives of our children depend on it." 

The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act would require federally licensed ammunition dealers to confirm the identity of individuals who arrange to purchase ammunition over the internet by verifying a photo I.D. in-person. The bill would also require ammunition vendors to report any sales of more than 1,000 rounds within five consecutive days to the U.S. Attorney General, if the person purchasing ammunition is not a licensed dealer.

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