Moms Across US Join NJ Groups in Petition Drive Calling for Gun Control

The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America wants to send a message to recently appointed Sen. Jeffrey Chiesa.

The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is partnering with several New Jersey-area organizations on a grassroots petition urging incoming U.S. Sen. Jeffrey Chiesa to vote in support of what it calls "common-sense gun violence prevention legislation."

The gun-control advocates are working with Garden State groups including Ceasefire New Jersey, the Bergen County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Joint Action Committee, Every Child Matters and Coalition for Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund to convince the government to expand criminal background checks for the purchase of firearms.

“Sen. Frank Lautenberg leaves a long and enduring legacy of voting for gun laws that protect all Americans from gun violence, in particular children and domestic violence survivors,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Though it will be difficult for an interim senator to fill Sen. Lautenberg’s shoes, our organization and the mothers of America will hold Sen. Chiesa accountable for voting with gun sense.”

A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 96 percent of New Jerseyans support expanded background checks.

“Incoming Sen. Chiesa has the rare chance to honor Sen. Lautenberg’s legacy, reflect the clear views of the people of New Jersey and
influence legislation to curb gun violence,” said Jaime Bedrin, a chapter leader for the New Jersey chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “This interim appointment is a critical vote should a vote on gun issues return to the Senate floor before a new senator can be elected to Sen. Lautenberg’s seat. We implore Sen. Chiesa to listen to New Jerseyans and continue the work Sen. Lautenberg started on background checks for private gun sales.”

Chiesa, since January 2012 the state's attorney general, was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to fill Lautenberg's Senate seat until citizens elect a replacement in a special oct. 26 election.

Founded five months ago, shortly after the , Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America now has more than 100,000 members in more than 90 local chapters in 40 states.

Tom June 13, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Frankly in Essex County I believe people would be safer if they were allowed to carry guns many of the criminals out there have guns
Iuhiihbih June 13, 2013 at 02:04 PM
How about these Moms get together and demand action against the patently unconstitutional and arbitrary licensure process in the state of nj. If abortion seekers were forced to jump through the hoops that lawful gun license seekers were, there would be a public outcry from these hypocrites.
Fred June 13, 2013 at 05:45 PM
How about “Moms for the Legalization of Drugs” as more than half of the murders with firearms are gang/drug related? These “entrepreneurs” are not able to turn to the justice system to enforce their contracts and therefore settle disputes with firearms. Eliminate the profit motive, and the violence will also go away (not to mention the number of folks that are in prison for victimless crimes). How about “Moms for the Furtherance of the Constitution” supporting the rights of law abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons to defend themselves? After all, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed! Why is that so hard to understand?
Fred June 13, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Starting new group - "Dads Demand Action for Concealed Carry in NJ and Across America". Petition to come at later date. Please stand by.
radioactive June 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM
It's a shame that if the watered down, B.S., Obama failure, do nothing background check bill had passed, many of these groups would be satisfied and have moved on.


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