(TRENTON) – On April 15th, Governor Phil Murphy hosted an in-person event in Newark, focusing on various initiatives to combat gun violence. Along with the Governor, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Burlington, Camden) spoke about continuing a path toward firearm safety measures for the residents of New Jersey.
Greenwald issued the following statement in regards to the press conference:
“Sadly, as we begin to return to ‘normal’, we are already seeing mass shootings back in our headlines and gun violence in our communities. In fact, in this last year we have seen more individuals killed by gun violence than we have in any year within the last two decades, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Cities in New Jersey followed this national trend, with fatal shootings increasing roughly 20%.
“It is clear our work to end the gun violence epidemic is not over.
“After eight years of inaction from the prior Administration and failures in Washington to enact meaningful policies to address this epidemic, I am grateful to have President Biden in the White House who understands the urgency of this issue nationally and Governor Murphy as a partner in this fight here in New Jersey.”