Statement: We Are Devastated and Outraged by the Mass Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

We are devastated and outraged by the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio this past weekend, the 250th and 251st mass shootings of 2019. Once again, innocent lives have been taken from us. Once again, families are shattered by horrific acts of violence.

We at Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ extend our deepest sympathies to the innocent victims who were senselessly gunned down in two American cities. We stand with the people of El Paso and Dayton and offer our sincere condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones impacted by these terrible tragedies.

Since the Parkland, Florida massacre in 2018 our CRC/Greater MetroWest Teen Task Force for Common Sense Gun Reform has been actively lobbying legislators in Washington D.C and Trenton to make our country safer. We are proud of our high school students for keeping this important public safety issue on New Jersey legislators’ radar and working to create a safer future.

They need our help.

While the State of New Jersey has some of the strongest gun safety laws in the country, there are thousands of illegal weapons that pour into New Jersey from other states along the 1-95 corridor, what’s called “the iron pipeline.” Sadly, New Jersey has the distinction of being a leading importer of illegal crime guns, falling victim to gaps in the national background check system and other states’ weak gun laws.

It is time for us to act in solidarity to address this national crisis.

Together, we can pressure our state and federal lawmakers to pass legislation we know will make New Jersey and our country safer. Please contact them today and demand the following common-sense gun control laws and mental health reforms to prevent more bloodshed.

  • Expand background checks and waiting periods for gun purchases, including trade show purchases and private sales.
  • Prohibit the purchase of military-style firearms, including assault weapons, high capacity ammunition magazines and bump stocks.
  • Raise the age requirement to purchase firearms to 21.
  • Require the integration of mental health records with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System across all states.
  • Improve the ability of mental health professionals to provide prevention and early intervention services for children and families.
  • Provide adequate funding to ensure that every person in need has access to quality mental health care.
  • Authorization and funding for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to research the effects of gun violence.

 

HOW TO CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS

   DC office  NJ office
 Senator Cory Booker  202-224-3224   973-639-8700 
 Senator Bob Menendez  202-224-4744   973-645-3030 
 Rep. Josh Gottheimer  202-225-4465   973-940-1117 
 Rep. Tom Malinowski  202-225-5361   908-547-3307 
 Rep. Albio Sires  202-225-7919   908-820-0692 
 Rep. Donald Payne Jr.  202-225-3436   973-645-3213 
 Rep. Mikie Sherrill  202-225-5034   973-526-5668 
 Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman  202-225-5801   609-883-0026 

 

When we stand together we can accomplish so much more. We are greater together!

 

Scott Krieger             Dov Ben-Shimon
Federation President             Federation CEO/EVP