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Times Union: New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Petition Albany

Albany Times Union

May 9, 2016

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Petition Albany

By Lawrence White

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is a statewide advocacy group working to reduce gun violence through advocacy and education. The group is designed to encourage action, influence public opinion that will lead to policy change. With a primary focus on New York State, the organization also advocates at the local and national levels for sensible gun laws, policies and practices to protect New York State residents from gun violence.

On May 3, 2016 supportive State Lawmakers including Assemblymembers Amy Paulin, Michelle Schimel, Brian Kavanagh, Patricia Fahy, Phil Steck, and Senators Jeff Klein, and Daniel Squadron joined approximately 170 high school students from New York City who traveled to Albany to urge lawmakers to support gun safety measures. They held an afternoon press conference in the Well of the Legislative Office Building, 198 State St., Albany NY.

The students, many of whom have experienced gun violence first hand, related their stories to lawmakers and asked them to find solutions to reduce the flow of illegal guns into their neighborhoods. They will also be launching a social media campaign, “#FollowTheGun”, to help track not just where guns come from and where they ultimately end up.

The students also delivered thank you cards to legislators who have voted for gun safety legislation including the SAFE Act and Nicholas’s Law child safety law.

“These young advocates are from public high schools in Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn where gun violence is a sad part of everyday life,” said Leah Gunn Barrett, NYAGV Executive Director. “Albany Day gives them a unique opportunity to share their personal stories and to ask their representatives what they are doing to address gun violence.” Shaina Harrison, NYAGV Program Director, said, “The ReACTION Youth Program gives these young people the knowledge, skills and confidence to become lifelong advocates. They understand that power comes not from a gun but from using their voices to call for meaningful change.”

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