Mass shootings in Cumberland County reignite gun control debate | Local News
Bridgeton, the town just 3 miles from Fairfield, has had at least six reported shootings in 2021, according to press records. In the same period last year, the city had four.
The Giffords Law Center ranks New Jersey second in the country in terms of the force of gun law.
Despite this, the state also ranks third in gun deaths per 100,000 population.
Still, Murphy called for more action at a press conference Monday at the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office.
BRIDGETON – “18, 19, 20, 21 …” Terence Ridgeway counted out loud, breathless, as he used his …
“It’s a nation awash with guns, and we’re not an island,” Murphy said. “And we’re not immune, as was proven two nights ago. There are still too many people with easy access to guns who should never have access to a gun. “
During his COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, a member of the media asked the governor a question regarding blacks having easier access to guns in New Jersey. Murphy denied any racial bias and doubled down on his Monday comments.
“We fundamentally believe that fewer guns in our state means a safer state,” Murphy said. “It has nothing to do with the color of your skin, who you are as an individual, what ethnicity. … Fewer guns is a safer state. “
As might be expected, the response to these comments has been divisive, with some feeling that Murphy wants to punish legal gun owners for the actions of illegal owners.