RAHWAY, NJ – Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle was among 13 Union County mayors on Wednesday who signed a statement of principles as part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun safety coalition committed to removing illegal guns off the streets.
Brindle attended with Westfield High School students David Sherwood, Briana Brown, Katie Clark and Will Rackear, some of the student organizers from Westfield’s "March for Our Lives." She, and other mayors who attended, discussed how to prevent gun violence.
“It was a privilege to stand beside my fellow mayors of Union County, as well as our student leaders in Westfield, to join the bipartisan coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns in support of common-sense gun solutions,” Brindle said.
In a letter to the editor written earlier this week, Brindle said it is important to deliver young people a promise of safety.
“The youth of America sent a clear and pointed message that they will no longer sit on the sidelines while their lives and the safety of their schools are at stake,” Brindle wrote. “They have shown us a way out of this uniquely American nightmare – unrelenting engagement and activism to ensure their murdered friends will not become one more statistic.”
In signing the statement of principles, Brindle and the 12 other mayors agreed to work together to find ways to advance the following principles: target and hold accountable irresponsible gun dealers, extend background check requirements to all gun sales, oppose all federal efforts to restrict cities’ right to trace data, work to develop and use technologies that aid in illegal gun detection, supports all local state and federal legislation that targets illegal guns and invite other cities to join them in this effort.
The event, held at Rahway's Hamilton Stage, was organized by Union County Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.