ELIZABETH — A 21-year-old woman was killed in the city this weekend, bringing the number of homicides this year to 14. There were five homicides in 2009, and 15 in 2008.
Council candidate Marvelis Perreira says that the city has experienced far too many senseless deaths and it needs action to prevent crime.
“As a mother, I am making a key issue of the threat posed by gun violence and other crimes, which have been ignored by City Hall for too long,” said Perreira.
“We need tougher enforcement of existing statutes and we must close senseless loopholes in federal laws that allow many firearms to slip into the underground market.”
Perreira, who is running against Fifth Ward Councilman Bill Gallman, is the only council candidate calling for a federal ban on handguns to prevent the weapons from getting into the hands of youths on Elizabeth’s streets.
“Let’s face it, if young people did not have access to deadly firearms, they would not be able to shoot one another,” she said. “Parents have buried too many children to let another day go by without action.”
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