Plainfield, NJ – Earlier this month, the United States witnessed multiple acts of hate and violence which led to the untimely deaths of over 30 people in Ohio and Texas. Because of the ease of accessibility to firearms in the United States, guns fall into the hands of people with ill intentions, allowing mass shootings to occur as frequently as they do.
In this year alone, the United States has been exposed to over 250 mass shootings. There have been more mass shootings than there have been days in 2019. Shootings have taken place in schools, houses of worship, concerts, and places of employment. The places that people are meant to feel safe in are now targets for individuals that are not meant to hold firearms.
Under the leadership of the President of the U.S Conference of Mayors, Mayor Bryan K. Barnett, over 200 United States mayors have signed a bipartisan letter to the Senate Majority and Democratic Leaders, urging them to call the Senate back to Washington and take action on these two bills.
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp has joined with these mayors to bring much needed attention to gun reform bills H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Acts of 2019. The H.R. 8 bill would close loopholes in the background check system, and the H.R. 1112 bill would lengthen the background check review period deadline. These bills were passed earlier this year, but there has been no further action to make them into laws that can prevent acts of gun violence.
“This is an epidemic, like the plague that wiped out millions of people,” said Mayor Adrian O. Mapp. “If we don’t take immediate action we are sanctioning the hunting of American citizens by people unfit to bear arms. If we don’t take action, we are complicit in the murder of our fellow human beings. I will continue to fight until we see action to implement common sense gun reform laws.”
Every legislative action trickles down to even the smallest of neighborhoods. Lobbying to turn these bills into laws can lower gun-violence statistics nationwide while creating safer cities, towns, and communities. The City of Plainfield stands with United States Conference of Mayors to combat gun violence and protect all who live in the United States.
Please click here to read the bipartisan letter: