Moms Demand Action Bergen County chapter holds rally for stricter gun laws around country

The Bergen County chapter of Moms Demand Action braved the rain in Fairlawn to express their anger and demand for gun reform.

News 12 Staff

May 28, 2022, 9:18 PM

Updated 758 days ago

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A group of Bergen County mothers held a rally Saturday demanding stricter gun laws around the country in the wake of recent mass shootings across the nation.
The Bergen County chapter of Moms Demand Action braved the rain in Fairlawn to express their anger and demand for gun reform.
"It happens in this country, more than in any industrialized country in the world because we have such easy access to weapons of war and to guns in general," said Larisa Mendez Downes, of Moms Demand Action Bergen.
The rally comes in the aftermath of two of the latest mass shootings. In Buffalo, New York, 10 people were fatally shot while grocery shopping and in Uvalde, Texas, 19 children and 2 teachers were killed inside a classroom.
The group gathered along Fairlawn Avenue under the rain to wave signs while chanting "gun reform now."
"This is what democracy is all about. It's about being heard and showing up," said Fairlawn Mayor Kurt Peluso. "In New Jersey, we're ahead of the curve with legislation. We're where we need to be, but it's really at the federal level where we need to see changes."
"The states are a patchwork of gun laws and what we want is basic common sense background checks, which most of Americans support, but there's about 50 senators who refuse to do that because they continue being NRA lackies. They are beholden to the gun lobby," Mendez Downes said.
According to gunviolencearchive.org, here have been over 200 mass shootings across the nation just this year and almost 50 just this month. Those in attendance said enough is enough.
"You can be told how many times it's a once in a lifetime thing before it's a pattern and before you have got to do something," said Montville resident Will Kerin. "I'm turning 21 next month and I've lived through countless tragedies, countless school shootings, countless mass shootings."
The group told News 12 they wanted the rally to be less about making speeches, and more about saying the names of mass shooting victims.
Organizers said they wanted the rally to be less about speeches and more about the people who were victims of mass shootings. One of the chants was a list the names of those who were killed in mass shootings in the United State over the past few years.


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