Mayor Steven M. Fulop
Joins National Bipartisan Coalition of Mayors Committed to Ending Gun Violence
In an effort to combat the senseless gun violence that
claims 33 American lives every day, Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop last month
joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the national bipartisan coalition of more
than 950 mayors in 45 states committed to keeping illegal guns and
military-style weapons off the streets and out of schools.
“I am proud to stand with the mayors of 950 other
communities in the United States in support of the coalition’s efforts to
remove illegal guns from our streets,” Mayor Fulop said. “My priority as mayor
is to make every neighborhood in Jersey City safe and it begins with curbing
Fulop was elected mayor on May 14th, 2013, and
took office on July 1st.
“Jersey City has been
a member of our bipartisan coalition since we started our work in 2006 and
we’re excited to welcome Mayor Fulop as our newest member today,”Mayor
Bloomberg said. “We look forward to working with him in the coming months as we
continue to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation that will help save
lives and keep our communities safe.”
One hundred and ten New Jersey mayors are currently members
of the coalition, which was founded in 2006 by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Since the horrific mass school shooting in December 2012 in
Newtown, Connecticut, more than 250 new mayors have joined the coalition’s
bipartisan ranks. The coalition also has more than 1.4 million grassroots
supporters, making it the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization
in the country.
Members include Democrats, Republicans, and Independents in
big cities and small towns. While their backgrounds may differ, on the issue of
gun violence they speak with one voice – united for the sake of public safety.
The mayors understand that support for the Second Amendment goes hand-in-hand
with the kind of common-sense gun policies that carry broad public support –
including among gun owners.
Under the watch of the 113th Congress, a total of 24,000
men, women, and children will fall victim to gun murder. Mayor Fulop and his
fellow coalition members are not willing to stand by idly. They have called on
Washington to take meaningful action to address the issue of gun violence in
America and they will continue to do so until progress is made. This includes:
every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check
military-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines off our streets
- Making gun
trafficking a federal crime.
Mayor Fulop is also urging colleagues, constituents, and
violence prevention advocates to sign the petition at DemandAction.org.