Governor Phil Murphy delivered his remarks today (Wednesday, May 25th) during a press conference following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
“Eleven days ago, it was 10 innocent shoppers at a supermarket in Buffalo. Yesterday, it was 19 beautiful schoolchildren and two educators in their classroom in Texas. An elementary school. Second, third, and fourth graders. Another day in America, another horrific act of gun violence enabled by the weak and feckless politicians kept in the holster of the gun lobby. As a father and as a human being, my heart is broken for the families who are reeling from this incomprehensible tragedy. But as an American, I am outraged and I am exhausted. I am outraged that our nation remains the only one in which the senseless murder of innocent children and their teachers is even tolerated. I am exhausted that we have another double-digit death toll and one side – one side – refuses to do anything. I am honored to stand today with Senators and Assembly members, and community and educational leaders, who are ready to do something. New Jerseyans who believe – as I do, and as the vast majority of New Jerseyans do – that enough is enough. That we don’t have to watch as more and more innocent people – including schoolchildren – are gunned down. That we can end this senseless and relentless cycle. For those of us standing here, we have had enough of thoughts and prayers. We have had enough of excuses and inaction. We’ve had enough of the deflections and enough of the delays. Congress has failed to lead time and time and time again, so it’s up to us to do the job others are too weak to do. I introduced the comprehensive Gun Safety 3.0 package over a year ago and this moment demands that the Legislature finally take action.”
Click here to view the press release published to the Official Site Of The State Of New Jersey.
Heartbroken by today’s elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. No child or educator should ever fear going to school, and no parent should ever fear sending their child to school. We must end our nation's gun violence epidemic.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) May 24, 2022