Sires: ‘Gun safety and reform are the most impactful paths toward keeping our communities safe’

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U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) says that in light of the tragedies in Boulder, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia, now is the time to double down on gun safety and reform.

U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8). Twitter photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“One week following the shooting in Atlanta, which led to the senseless deaths of eight people and showed us once again the tragic consequences of hate in our nation, another act of gun violence has left ten more dead in Boulder,” Sires began in a statement.

“These mass shootings are a particular American experience that our country has failed to take any meaningful action to end … Gun safety and reform are the most impactful paths toward keeping our communities safe, and we know that safety measures are effective at preventing gun violence, because every other developed nation has gun safety measures in place, and doesn’t experience U.S.-levels of gun violence.”

The congressman continued that “we are well beyond the point” where thoughts and prayers from leaders are enough to halt mass shooting, which is why a new gun safety bill expanding background checks – approved by the House earlier this month – needs further action.

“We need to do much more; these latest events demand our attention and action to meet the moment, and pass urgently needed gun reform.”

Last week, Robert Aaron Long, 21, is accused of fatally shooting eight women, six of whom were of Asian descent, who worked at three different spas in the Atlanta area.

This drew responses from elected local leaders in Jersey City and Hoboken, as well as on the state level.

Today in Boulder, Colorado, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, was arrested after allegedly opening fire at a grocery store, with the victims including the store manager and a local police officer.

According to authorities, Alissa is now facing 10 counts of first-degree murder, as CNN reported.