In Advance of National Night Out Against Crime, Maloney, Adams and Gun Control Advocates Push Local and Federal Agenda to Curb Gun Violence

Aug 4, 2015
Press Release

New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams have joined with Public Advocate Letitia James, Vice-Chair of the New York State Democratic Committee Trudy L. Mason, and local gun violence prevention supporters from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence to advocate for local and federal action to curb gun violence following a particularly violent weekend that left three people dead and 16 wounded.  New York Police Department statistics show that there have been 669 shooting incidents that have killed or wounded 794 people since the beginning of this year.

“The bloodbath has got to stop,” said Congresswoman Maloney.  “I have compiled a list of major shootings in the U.S. involving 3 or more victims this year, and it is clear that this is a problem that has affected every part of the country. Nearly 170 people have died in over 40 separate incidents. We cannot continue to allow the loopholes that allow dangerous people to get a gun, regardless of their history of violence. We cannot keep imposing minor penalties for gun trafficking. We must stop shortchanging the background check system.  Most of all, we need common-sense regulations that will protect Americans from gun violence – including smart gun technology to keep children and thieves from using a borrowed or stolen gun, better research about ways to curb gun violence, closing the gun show loophole and banning large ammunition magazines. Tonight during the National Night Out Against Crime, I will be calling for federal legislation to get guns out of the hands of criminals and off of our streets.”

"Gun violence has created rivers of bloodshed that stain streets from Brooklyn to Chicago, from Lafayette to Tucson, from Aurora to Newtown,” said Brooklyn Borough President Adams. “The path of a fatal shot does not end in the body of a slain victim; millions of bullets continue to wreak havoc and grief for families and communities across America. We need a 'Vision Zero' for ending the disease that is gun violence, and it will take lawmakers, clergy, police, and everyday people working together to bring about a full cure. I ask all New Yorkers to Take Five to Save Alive, simple steps that will make a giant leap in saving lives."

NYC Public Advocate Letitia James said, "Our nation is continuing to bleed from shooting after shooting, and we must do everything we can to take on the scourge of gun violence. We must get guns off our streets, and off our department shelves. New York City took historic action last week when our largest pension fund started the process to divest public dollars from gun retailers and ammunition. But our federal government must act and pass gun safety legislation so that all Americans are protected from weapons that are causing deadly violence."

Leah Gunn Barrett, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence said, "While New York has made great progress in recent years reducing gun violence, it is still unacceptably high and New Yorkers continue to suffer. This weekend's mass shooting in East New York graphically shows how gun violence devastates communities. Once again, we appeal to Congress to follow New York's lead and at a minimum pass universal background checks on all gun sales and stiffen penalties for gun trafficking, making it a felony. In addition, Congress should immediately lift the nonsensical ban on funding gun violence research which has been in effect for nearly 20 years, during which time over 600,000 Americans have died from gun violence. Finally, we must educate community members, especially our youth, that power comes from their ability to advocate for themselves and their community and not from the barrel of a gun."

Background:

Congresswoman Maloney is a longtime gun-control advocate who is currently lead sponsor of five gun violence prevention bills in Congress:

  1. H.R. 2380: The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2015
  2. H.R. 2612: To authorize $10 million annually to fund gun violence public health research
  3. H.R. 2613: Handgun Trigger Safety Act of 2015
  4. H.R. 2546: Firearm Risk Protection Act of 2015
  5. H.R. Forthcoming: Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2015

Borough President Adams, a former police officer, has issued a report, Take Five to Stay Alive (attached hereto), with five simple steps to help reduce the impact of gun violence in New York.

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