Governor Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced today that New Jersey would be awarding $20 million to hospitals to fund intervention programs to combat gun violence. Grewal said, "these programs" end “policies that have forced hospitals to discharge vulnerable victims back into the same environment in which they were injured.” Gov. Murphy echoed these statements by mentioning several of the programs, such as substance abuse treatment and tattoo removal, that can help reduce gun violence by targetting its causes.
Also on hand for the announcement was former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, a passionate advocate for gun violence prevention since being shot at an event in 2011, praised the state’s latest attempt to combat gun crime and said reducing gun violence should be a nonpartisan issue. “Now is the time to come together, be responsible. Democrats, Republicans, everyone. We must never stop fighting,” she said. “Fight, fight, fight!”