Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset County High School Democrats SC HSD) today called on county, state and federal leaders to take common sense action on gun violence in the United States, and in particular on school violence.
“The school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 teachers and students is the 18th this year alone,” said Jason Lam, president of the Somerset NJ High School Democrats. “Any high school student can see that guns are a serious threat to our safety, and it’s shocking that our government is unable to take action.”
The SC HSD supports the national movement generated by the response of the Parkland survivors, and will have members participating in the National School Walkout on March 14, 2018 and attending the national March for Our Lives on March 24th in Washington D.C.
“Too many times after a mass shooting there is a lot of talk for a week or two, and then the country moves on to other issues. Nothing changes,” said Lam. “This time we students aren’t going to let that happen, and we are going to make sure gun and school safety stay in the public’s eye until we get some action.”
In addition to the Washington DC rally, the SC HSD are dedicated to moving gun and school safety forward by electing more Democrats in Somerset County, including two Freeholders, defeating Representative Leonard Lance, and reelecting Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and Senator Bob Menendez.
“The Republican Party has blocked common sense gun regulation for decades, and the only way to ensure there is action is to elect Democratic majorities,” said Lam. “We’re proud to have worked hard to elect Governor Phil Murphy and expand New Jersey’s Democratic majority and will continue to work to build Democratic majorities at every level to ensure action is taken.”
For students and their supporters who are unable to travel to DC, the Somerset County High School Democrats, Somerset County Young Democrats and the Somerset County Democratic Committee will be holding the Somerset County March for Our Lives rally in conjunction with the national March on March 24. More information will be available in the coming weeks.
“We’re so proud of these young people taking a stand against gun violence, and not letting the adults pass the buck again,” said Peg Schaffer, Somerset County Democratic Chair. “Now it’s up to the adults to actually do something more than offer thoughts and prayers.”
The Somerset County High School Democrats have more than 200 members in four Somerset County schools, including Bridgewater High School, Watchung Hills High School, Ridge High School, and the Pingry School.
Students and their supporters interested in joining the Organizing Committee for the Somerset County March for Our Lives rally, or in starting a High School Democrats organization in their high school, please contact Jason Lam at [email protected] or Executive Director Nathan Rudy at [email protected].