June 20, 2016- Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) and advocates for reducing gun violence held a press conference calling for action in the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Orlando, FL last week. Representatives from The Coalition for Peace Action, NJ Million Mom March, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Garden State Equality and the Islamic Society of Central Jersey were also in attendance.
The press conference focused on the impact that gun violence has had on different communities throughout the country, including the LGBT community. Pallone and Watson Coleman called on Congressional Republicans to support common sense measures such as banning those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms, banning assault weapons and requiring ID for online ammunition sales.
“The idea that a ‘good guy with a gun’ is the only thing that can stop such carnage is fantasy,” said Reverend Robert Moore of the Coalition for Peace Action. “In Orlando, an off duty police officer was present when the shooting started. But after firing initial shots, he had to retreat as he was vastly outgunned. Even when two other officers arrived for back-up, they were unable to stop the shooter. There are additional common sense measures that could help prevent future mass shootings, such as excluding those on the terrorist watch list from being allowed to purchase guns; and the bill in the NJ legislature to remove guns from those involved in domestic violence situations.” (Read Complete Article)