By Jeri Patasnik
It is imperative that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally acknowledges the urgency of the gun violence epidemic by bringing HR8 to the floor for a vote.
Senator McConnell has had over 300 days to introduce this gun sense legislation, which would save lives by requiring backgrounds checks on all gun sales.
Each day he neglects to act, 100 more Americans will die by gun.
McConnell has the power to let our elected officials pass smarter gun laws, but even in the wake of recent mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso, Odessa and our very own Jersey City, he’s choosing not to act.
On Dec. 10, 2019, four lives and families were destroyed during the Jersey City mass shooting. This anti-Semitic attack robbed our community of three civilians and Detective Joseph Seals, beloved husband and father to five.
As Eytan Stern Weber, a Moms Demand Action Lead and Jersey City resident said at the the We Are Jersey City Vigil, “We do not have to live like this. We do not have to die like this.”
New Jersey residents are still reeling from attacks on the South Side of Jersey City where, according to Stern Weber, “gun violence is so unbelievably common, yet so under-reported.”
So, I say this to you, Mr. McConnell: How many more Americans must die before you take action? How many more shootings must we endure?
Fortunately, New Jersey is among the states with the strongest gun sense laws and overwhelming support from Governor Murphy, AG Grewal, and William Castner, Gun Violence Advisor.
Every day, neighboring states with weaker laws threaten the safety of every New Jersey resident as guns continuously flow into our state, circumventing our gun violence prevention legislation. Without federal legislation, our hands are essentially tied.
The gun lobby, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and President Trump think we’ve stopped paying attention. Let’s prove them wrong and use our grief and rage to fuel action.
Please write, call, and tweet your Senators to demand they enact life-saving, smarter gun laws now! Text “CHECKS” to 644-33 to send a direct message to your senator.
Then, text “READY” to 644-33 to join us, Moms Demand Action! You do not need to be a mother to be a Mom; you just have to believe in our mission to reclaim America’s safety.
Jeri Patasnik of Morristown is Morris County Communication Lead for Moms Demand Action.
Editor’s note: The views expressed above are the author’s, and do not necessarily reflect those of this publication.