Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver on Tuesday joined with family members from Newtown, CT who lost loved ones in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, as well as New Jerseyans for Safety from Gun Violence, to press for the comprehensive 22-bill package of gun violence prevention measures that the Assembly passed in February.
“When tragedy struck Newtown in December I thought we were finally at the tipping point as a nation. Sadly, I thought that this would finally be the clarion call we needed to put aside rhetoric and take decisive action to address gun violence.
“More than four months later we’re still struggling at both the state and federal level to reach a consensus on how we protect our children and our families from future tragedies.
“No amount of laws will ever eliminate gun violence but we can significantly curb the number of senseless deaths and heartbreak that American families have to endure. Establishing comprehensive, universal background checks and limiting high-capacity magazines are important first steps.
“Newtown and Tucson taught us that. Both times the shooter was reportedly prevented from claiming even more lives when heroes stepped forward to stop them while they attempted to reload.
“Those that want to argue that there’s no difference between a 10 and 15 clip magazine should ask the five extra families that have an empty space in their home and their hearts where a child or loved one once was,” said Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic).
Oliver urged the Senate and Gov. Christie to support the Assembly’s bill package, which has been widely hailed as the strongest and most comprehensive of the three proposals put forth.