RAHWAY, NJ - Summit Mayor Nora Radest will join 10 other mayors from Union County municipalities in signing the 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns Statement of Principles'. The 11 mayors will officially commit to the Statement of Principles and make brief remarks on April 11, from 7 - 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 nd 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 traffcking.
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 a integrated anti-gun violence initiative driven by 'Everytown for Gun Safety', a nonprofit organization founded in 2014 by former New York Ciy 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."
Of her participation, in an e-mail Radest told TAPinto Summit, "On April 11 at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ, I am proudly joining other Union County mayors to sign the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Statement of Principles. By signing this statement, we are adding our voices to the intensifying call to keep our communities free of gun violence and for our elected officials in Congress to finally take much-needed action to change laws and save lives."
Radest 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
Chris Bollwage, Elizabeth
Tom Hannen, Cranford
Allan Morgan, New Providence
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.