FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27, 2022
Boulder. Aurora. Las Vegas. Orlando. San Bernardino. Charleston. Sutherland Springs. Poway. Parkland. Sandy Hook.
The Uvalde massacre is the second mass school shooting to rock the country in 10 days following an attack at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. This school shooting reminded the nation of the horrific mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 children and six adults dead, and the Columbine High School shooting of 1999 that killed 12 students and one teacher. Across America, parents are raw with fury, anguish and hopelessness; students are paralyzed with anxiety and fearful of returning to school. As usual, elected officials from across the country have sent an outpouring of sympathy to the victims of the shooting, and supporters of stricter gun safety laws and regulations voiced outrage that a killer used firearms in yet another school massacre. Unfortunately, Congress has declined to pass significant new gun legislation after dozens of shootings.
In the aftermath of another school massacre, we ask, what are we going to do as a country? The Hispanic Bar of New Jersey demands that Congress act now. We need to strengthen our gun safety laws and make schools safe again, while at the same time finally develop a plan to address an obvious mental health crisis in our country. It is time for Congress to enact bipartisan gun safety legislation. The President of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, Tabatha L. Castro, had this to say: “Time and again, we are heartbroken by the news of another mass shooting. We must do everything in our power to keep these tragedies from happening. We must take action on gun control now. We will continue to call on our federal leaders to do more, because our nation’s current stance for preventing gun violence is unacceptable. Our children should not suffer. We mourn with the people of Texas and the families who have lost their loved ones.”
About The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
Founded in 1980, the HBA-NJ is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association that is comprised of attorneys, judges, law professors, law students, and other professionals who share a common interest in addressing the issues affecting Hispanics within the legal community.
The purpose of the Association is to serve the public interest: (i) by cultivating the art and science of jurisprudence, (ii) by advancing the standing of the legal profession, and (iii) by preserving high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy among Hispanic lawyers.
Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
P.O. Box 25562, Newark, NJ 07101