Essex County Recognizes National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 2

Essex County Recognizes National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 2

Credits: Courtesy of Essex County NEWARK, NJ – During a special presentation on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders proclaimed June 2, 2018, as “National Gun Violence Awareness Day” in Essex County. The presentation took place at the Hall of Records in Newark, New Jersey. District 4 Freeholder Leonard Luciano along with At-Large Freeholder President Brendan W. Gill of Montclair offered remarks, thanking the Essex County Charter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for their vigilance in bringing awareness and common sense solutions to issues surrounding gun violence. Each year, 32,000 people in the United States are killed, and 80,000 are injured by gunfire; 11,000 people in the United States are killed in homicides involving firearms; and 21,000 people in the United States commit suicide by using firearms. Furthermore, 500 people are killed in accidental shootings. Since 1968, more people in the United States have died from guns domestically than have died on the battlefields of all the wars in United States history. And, according to data from Gun Violence Archive, there were 346 mass shootings, which describes incidents where four or more individuals were shot or killed in the same general time and location, in the United States in 2017. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows New Jersey had 485 firearm deaths in 2016. Also, in light of the many tragedies involving gun violence in recent days nationally, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders declares that […]

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