MAYOR BOLLWAGE URGES CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES TO ENDORE COMMON-SENSE GUN LAWS

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE URGES CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES TO ENDORSE COMMON-SENSE GUN LAWS

 

ELIZABETH, NJAUGUST 2, 2012 – Mayor J. Christian Bollwage said members of Congress, including some from New Jersey, have failed to stand up to the gun lobby and fight for common-sense gun laws.

“This is a moderate state, and we have little patience for ideologues. So it surprise when legislators from right here in New Jersey are voting for irrational gun measures on Capitol Hill,” said Bollwage.

Bollwage added that voters need to be asking tough questions during this election season, and he highlighted the efforts of Michael Pohle, who lost his son in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.

“Michael Pohle, has circulated a powerful letter to all congressional candidates in the state,” said Bollwage. “He’s asking candidates to go on the record in support of policies that will keep guns out of dangerous hands. I should hope every single candidate replies to this message.”

Pohle sent his letter to the twenty-four major party candidates running for Congress in November. “ In the 113th Congress,”  he wrote, “will you actively push for common-sense measures to keep guns out of criminal hands?  Will you think twice before signing onto bills that value gun rights over human lives?”

On Tuesday, August 7 at 11:30 a., Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez will join Mayor Bollwage at a press conference on gun control legislation on the steps of Elizabeth’s City Hall at 50 Winfield Scott Plaza. 

“Gun violence is an issue that candidates need to address on the campaign trail,” said Mayor Bollwage, who is a long-time member of the national and bipartisan Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition.