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Advocacy Group Visits Lance’s Westfield Office to Urge Support for Gun Laws

Sara Carpien

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 • 8:07pm

WESTFIELD, NJ –  Members of the advocacy group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America hand-delivered 3,026 electronically signed postcards to Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office at 425 North Ave. on Tuesday, urging him to support "common sense" gun reform measures.

Constituents were able to sign and send postcards to their members of congress online and, according to Everytown’s website, they “will deliver more than 2.4 million postcards to elected officials [nationwide] in the coming days."

Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety, a movement to end gun violence in America, "launched a postcard campaign to make it easy for Americans to automatically send postcards to their elected officials" in the wake of the Santa Barbara shooting of 20-year-old Christopher Michaels-Martinez, said Mandi Perlmutter of North Caldwell - NJ Chapter Leader for Moms Demand Action.

“Following the shooting in Santa Barbara a few weeks ago, Richard Martinez, the father of Christopher Michaels-Martinez, called on each American to send a postcard to every politician that they can think of with the words 'Not One More',” said Perlmutter.

“More than 625,000 Americans signed up to send these postcards. Everytown is delivering a postcard to their congressman, two senators and their governor. Today, we delivered the postcards to Congressman Lance’s office on behalf of more than 3,000 of his constituents,” said Perlmutter.

The postcards read:

Not One More.

EVERYTOWN for gun safety.

Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was killed in the May 23 shooting in Santa Barbara, said:

We don’t have to live like this. Too many have died. We should say to ourselves, ‘Not one more.’

I couldn’t agree more. That’s why I pledge to support local, state and federal candidates who will fight for common-sense laws to reduce gun violence.

“Clearly enough is enough … this issue is not going away," said Westfield resident and Board of Education member Mitch Slater, who helped deliver the postcards to Lance’s office along with wife, Leslie Dickstein. "Just because we have stronger gun laws [in New Jersey] doesn’t mean we can’t get illegal guns.”

According to statistics from Everytown’s website, “... more than 31,000 gun deaths happen every year” and “since the December 2013 shooting in Newtown, Conn. there have been at least 74 school shootings in America."

“This is not about the second amendment, this is not about taking any rights away. It’s just about saving our kids lives,” said Slater.

While Lance wasn’t present when the group arrived, his legislative aids were.

“They seemed impressed by the number of constituents who sent postcards,” said Slater.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a national grassroots, non-partisan organization and purports to be devoted to bringing "common sense" to the issue of gun violence in the United States.

“We’re not going away until they do something,” said Perlmutter. “We can do more and we want our elected officials to support common sense gun laws. Please sign up.”

Nearby, on Wednesday, Congressman Lance will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, July 2, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Mountainside Municipal Complex.

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