FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Max Samis, Press Secretary
Brady Campaign Statement on Trenton Arts Festival Shooting
Washington, D.C., June 17, 2018 - Early this morning, yet another community was rocked by the news of a shooting that left 20 injured at an all-night arts festival in Trenton, NJ. While details are still coming in, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued a statement expressing outrage at yet another mass shooting in America.
Brady co-president Kris Brown stated:
“We have reached the point where a mass shooting of over 20 innocent people - including members of our law enforcement - is a news blip. No other nation would tolerate even one such incident without stepping up and protecting its people. This is unacceptable, and it’s long past time for our elected officials to stand and say ENOUGH.”
Brady co-president Avery Gardiner added:
“The ‘guns everywhere’ agenda pushed by the gun lobby doesn’t create a safer America - it creates a more violent nation where art festivals, schools, movie theatres, concerts, nightclubs, and almost every public venue are no longer safe. There’s no other public health epidemic that we would choose to simply ignore, but gun violence is absolutely an epidemic blighting our nation. These tragedies simply cannot continue.”
This past week, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed a package of gun safety bills into law, including an extreme risk protection order and expanded background checks, codifying all three points of the Brady three-point plan. As today shows, it will be imperative for the state to begin enforcing the new laws as soon as possible to protect its citizens.
Carole Stiller, President of the New Jersey Brady Campaign/Million Mom March Chapters, noted:
"For a shooting like this to happen in our own neighborhood is simply devastating. We are so thankful that our friends and family members who were at ART ALL NIGHT are safe, but we grieve for the injured. The Trenton community is strong, and we will continue our efforts to end gun violence here, across New Jersey, and all throughout the country - but this tragic event is proof that we simply must do more."
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced one of the largest national protests of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.