After the Orlando nightclub massacre in June 2016, hundreds of SOMA people rallied in South Orange saying enough is enough and that we need Congressional action for common sense gun laws. What we got from Washington was cowardice.
Since that deadly June day, some 480 days ago, we've had 521 mass shootings in this country. And our elected leaders are telling us now is not the time to talk about gun legislation. Again cowardice and lack of leadership.
We know the real facts: more than 100,000 people are shot each year, 33,000 of them fatally. Americans are 25 times more likely to be killed by a gun than in other developed nations. And Congress prevents the Center for Disease Control and Prevention from researching the link between gun violence and public health.
Let's not let the politicians in DC get away with this any longer. We need more than sympathies and condolences. We cannot accept zero action from Congress.
We need universal background checks; a ban on assault weapons; stronger gun trafficking laws to prevent gun running between states; and laws preventing domestic abusers from owning guns.
I am a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and have lobbied in Washington and Trenton for stronger laws. I will not give up until we make the gun law changes that are necessary.
We must get rid of those who side with the gun industry over the health and safety of our families and communities. No action by Congress requires action by the people.
Join with Moms Demand Action and other groups fighting against the power of the NRA.
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