Calls for action to reduce likelihood of future mass shooting

NJEA’s officers issued this statement of condolence following the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas late last night. NJEA President Marie Blistan, Vice President Sean M. Spiller and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty extended their sympathies to the victims and their families and called for a renewed focus on ways to reduce the likelihood of future shootings of this nature.

“On behalf of the 200,000 members of NJEA, we express our deepest condolences to the victims of this terrible crime. Our thoughts are with the families of those who were killed, as well as the hundreds of people who were injured in Las Vegas.

“We know that our members will be called upon today to comfort students who are scared and concerned by the news of yet another mass shooting. As always, New Jersey’s education professionals will handle that challenge with grace and courage, helping their students understand and process this terrible situation.

“We also know that thoughts and prayers are not an adequate response to an event like this, which is another in a seemingly unending series of violent gun attacks in America. As a nation, we must take action to reduce access to the types of weapons so often used to murder scores of our fellow citizens. We must acknowledge the need to make our public spaces, including schools, safer.

“We call on Congress to move beyond the partisan divide on guns and enact commonsense legislation that will make all Americans safer by reducing the proliferation of and access to the types of weapons used in these attacks. We owe it to our children to start the process today of building a safer world for them tomorrow.

“We have gathered and shared resources for our members and others to use when talking about this shooting. And, as always, we will continue to advocate and work for safer schools and communities for our members, our students and all of our neighbors. We must work together to build a society where crimes like this are not so tragically commonplace.”

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