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Pallone and Woodbridge Students Discuss Solutions to Reduce Gun Violence

March 13, 2018
Press Release

Long Branch, N.J. – Today at Woodbridge High School, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) met with students to discuss the gun violence epidemic facing our communities every day. According to the Center for Disease Control, New Jersey had 475 firearm deaths in 2015.

“The common theme here is guns,” said Pallone. “America’s gun violence crisis is not normal - and it’s not inevitable. Americans are 25 times more likely to be killed by a gun than people in other developed nations. In fact, no other country like ours comes close.”

“I am concerned that President Trump, Secretary DeVos and Republicans in Congress are failing to listen to students throughout this country who are courageously speaking out on gun violence. We cannot bring about serious change without actually addressing the availability and capabilities of the weapons that have been used in numerous mass shootings and on our streets.”

Congressman Pallone supports numerous common sense solutions to reduce gun violence and help keep our children safe.

They include:

  • An assault weapons ban, which will ban weapons of war like the AR-15, which has been used in mass shootings in places like Las Vegas, Aurora, Newtown, & Parkland. 
  • Increasing penalties for “straw purchasers” who illegally purchase firearms with the intent to sell or gift them to individuals who should not have them.
  • Regulating the sale of firearms at gun shows and online, requiring a background check on all purchases (currently not required by many states).
  • Banning high capacity magazines.
  • Regulating the online sale of ammunition, conversion kits (to turn into military-style rifles), and large capacity ammunition feeding devices.
  • Allowing the CDC and other government agencies to use federal dollars to research gun violence and gun violence prevention – which the gun lobby & @GOP has blocked for more than 20 years.

Last week he called for additional Energy and Commerce Committee hearings on the American gun violence epidemic, including explorations of: who gun violence hurts; whether mass shootings are becoming increasingly deadly; the distribution of guns, ammunition, and accessories through e-commerce, and whether federal agencies have the resources necessary to exercise effective oversight of such activity; and the extent to which social media may be increasing the hostility surrounding the gun debate.