RAHWAY, NJ - Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp will join other mayors from Union County municipalities in signing the 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns Statement of Principles'. The mayors will officially commit to the Statement of Principles and make brief remarks on April 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Hamilton Stage, Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway.
The Statement of Principles reads:
"Whereas: 30,000 Americans across the country are killed every year as a result of gun violence – including 12,000 who are murdered – destroying families and communities in big cities and small towns; and
Whereas: As Mayors, we are duty-bound to do everything in our power to protect our residents, especially our children, from harm, and there is no greater threat to public safety than the threat of illegal guns;
Now, therefore, we resolve to work together to and innovative new ways to advance the following principles:
PUNISH – to the maximum extent of the law – criminals who possess, use, and traffic in illegal guns.
TARGET and hold accountable irresponsible gun dealers who break the law by knowingly selling guns to straw purchasers.
EXTEND background check requirements to all gun sales, including the private sales that take place between strangers online and at gun shows
OPPOSE all federal efforts to restrict cities’ right to access, use, and share trace data that is so essential to effective enforcement, or to interfere with the ability of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to combat illegal gun trafficking.
WORK to develop and use technologies that aid in the detection and tracing of illegal guns.
SUPPORT all local, state, and federal legislation that targets illegal guns; coordinate legislative, enforcement, and litigation strategies; and share information and best practices.
INVITE other cities to join us in this national effort."
The Mayors Against Gun Violence platform is part of an integrated anti-gun violence initiative driven by ‘Everytown for Gun Safety' a nonprofit organization founded in 2014 by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
According to its website, 'Everytown for Gun Safety' is "a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives."
Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp said, “ I am proud to stand with my fellow Union County Mayors in this essential fight against illegal weapons and for common sense gun reform. We should never be satisfied with sending our children to school with a fear that they could possibly come under gunfire. We need to ensure that weapons only get into the hands of those who are equipped to handle them in a responsible manner. Signing this Statement of Principles is a start, and I am committed to fight until we begin to see change."
Mapp will be joined at the event by the following mayors:
- Suzette Cavadas, Union
- Shelley Brindle, Westfield
- Colleen Mahr, Fanwood
- Richard Huber, Springfield
- Christine Dansereau, Roselle
- Derek Armstead, Linden
- Carl Hokanson, Roselle Park
- Nora Radest, Summit
- Tom Hannen, Cranford
- Allan Morgan, New Providence
- J. Christian Bollwage, Elizabeth
- Raymond A. Giacobbe, Rahway
“Soon after the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition was formed, I became a proud member and continue to support the collective efforts to increase public safety as well as ensure that guns are kept out of the hands of criminals," said Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “AR-15s have no place in a civilized society and we, as elected officials, need to work together to increase the enforcement of gun laws in the United States.”
For those who wish to attend the event, reservations are available by visiting northeast-moms.ngpvanhost.com.
Hamilton State, Union County Performing Arts Center is located at 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway.
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