As President Obama stated yesterday, we will not allow a cowardly act of terror to divide our people or our nation. Today, we grieve with Orlando and the 49 families who are dealing with the violent and senseless loss of a loved one. And, our thoughts remain with the 53 others who were injured, many of whom remain hospitalized.
In the past decade, 320,523 Americans have died from gun-related violence. That’s more people than the population of any city in our state. And here in New Jersey, more than 70 percent of murders involve a firearm.
Think about that for a minute.
Americans across the country are wearing orange as part of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and I’m proud to stand with them in the fight for sensible gun violence prevention legislation.
Today marks the second annual national gun violence awareness day. The sad truth is that, in far too many communities across our state and our country, every day provides a painful reminder of the continued stain of gun violence.
It is a simple fact that guns are a leading cause of death in our country.
As President John F. Kennedy once said, “the cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it.”
From the battles of the Revolution that were fought in New Jersey to the shores of Normandy to the global fight against terrorism and all the conflicts in between, American servicemen and women have courageously given their lives to the cause of liberty and justice for all.
After leading a successful business career, Phil joined Howard Dean to help rebuild the national Democratic Party from the grassroots up. And then he answered President Obama’s call to serve our country as Ambassador to Germany.