Rain or shine: Team 26 cyclists, congress members scheduled for Morristown gun reform rally, April 26

team 26 poster 2019


Organizers of  the Team 26 rally for gun reforms say it’s on, rain or shine, at Morristown’s town hall today, Friday, April 26, 2019, at 5 pm.

The cyclists from Newtown, CT — scene of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre–will be making their seventh annual stop in Morristown.

Reps. Mikie Sherrill (D-11th Dist.) and Tom Malinowski (D-7th Dist.) plan to greet them.

In past years, the cyclists have continued to Washington DC. This time, they will roll from town hall on Saturday at 8 am bound for Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, where 11 people were shot dead in a synagogue last October.

Friday’s event, called The We Are One Ride, is organized by the Morris County chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Chapter spokesperson Jeri Patasnik explained it this way:

The event serves as an reminder to our legislators that the American Gun violence epidemic is far from from. We will continue to fight for common sense gun safety solutions that would save countless lives and close dangerous loopholes in our current system.

We are nonpartisan. A common misconception is that we don’t support the second ammendment. We do support this, but believe owning a firearm comes with responsibility.

Our focus is on the people obtaining firearms, not the guns themselves. We try to educate through our Be Smart program. We use our grassroots power to try to effect change on local, state and federal levels.

Unfortunately, the media, too often, shy away from the topic of daily gun violence. Thoughts and prayers accomplish nothing, nice as they may be. We must take action to a eradicate  senseless daily American gun violence that kills far too many of our loved ones.

This uniquely American problem will not fix itself. I know that just being an American makes me 25 times more likely to be shot to death then someone in any other developed nation, and I refuse to except that as the status quo. We deserve better. Our loved ones are better.

Devastating as it may be, gun violence is highly preventable with common sense gun solutions, especially Red Flag Laws. We need to stop the violence BEFORE it happens, especially when people exhibit signs and behavior of violence. We just don’t want criminals, people with a history of violence or domestic abuse, or people with a dangerous mental illness to obtains firearms.

We hope this event urges our law makers to finally pass common sense gun legislation that would close dangerous loopholes in our current system and save countless lives.


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