June 27, 2018

Gun Violence at Art All Night Reminder Of Need for Common-Sense Gun Laws

To the Editor:

When every crowded event brings with it the fear of gun violence, it is time for change. When our children are lined up against the wall in alphabetical order for lockdown drills, it is time for change. When a depressed teen can reach for an easy, lethal option and be added to the 62 percent of gun deaths that are suicides, it is time for change. Every week, tragedy reminds us that guns are in our communities and in the wrong hands.

Earlier this week, shots rang out at the Art All Night event in Trenton. Over one thousand people faced gun violence at a community event. Moms Demand Action volunteers, artists, neighbors, and children dove for cover or ran for their lives. Twenty-two people were injured, among them a 13-year-old child.

In New Jersey, we are fortunate to have some of the nation’s strictest gun laws. Thanks to Governor Murphy who recently signed legislation to require criminal background checks for all gun sales and prohibiting high-capacity magazines, we are a little safer.

It is not enough. I support the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms, but I also support common-sense gun laws and will vote to keep my community safer. Will you? I urge you to connect with your local chapter of Moms Demand Action and see how you can take part in the movement to end gun violence.

Susan Adams,

Member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America