SOMERSET, NJ - In light of recent mass shootings incidents, Franklin Mayor Phil Kramer joined more than 200 other mayors in signing a joint letter to Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, calling on them to bring the U.S. Senate back into session right away to take action on gun safety legislation.

"A mass shooting rate in America that is greater than one per day is astonishing," Kramer told TAPinto. "The pain and suffering are intolerable. The changes this letter calls for simply make sense. The letter advocates background checks, preventing dangerous individuals from getting guns, stopping unlicensed transfers and helping the police trace crime."

The letter, written on behalf of the United State Conference of Mayors is signed by Republican and Democratic mayors, including Mayor Dee Margo of El Paso, Texas and Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio where two of the most recent mass shooting incidents took place.

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“The mayors urge members of the Senate to consider passing two bipartisan bills that previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives: H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Check Act of 2019, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019," according to a Thursday news release from the United States Conference of Mayors.

“H.R. 8 would close serious loopholes in the nation’s background check system for gun purchases, and H.R. 1112 would lengthen the background check review period deadline,” they said.

The full text of the letter can be found here.

New Jersey is one of two states with an A rating from the Gifford Law Center's "Gun Law Scorecard" for having some of the strictest laws in the nation. Even with the second toughest set of laws in the country, gun violence is no stranger to the state. 

Locally, there have been multiple shooting deaths in recent months. The most recent shooting occurred mid-July. Police are also investigating shots being fired on King Road. 

Crime Stoppers of Somerset County, Inc. recently increased the reward money to anyone with information leading to the arrest and indictment of the individual or individuals responsible for the homicide of David D. Anderson. Police are also still investigating the shooting death of Dominic J. Frederick.

Kramer says in Franklin public silence is one of the main reasons police can't solve the crimes.

"At the local level it’s about gun violence," Kramer told TAPinto. "When there are gun crimes in Franklin the police usually can figure out who did it very quickly.  They do a good job. Too often however, people are not willing to speak on the record and thus the assailant gets away with it. This prevents the police from ending the cycle of violence."

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