NYC Students Speak Up About Gun Violence
NEW YORK--Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined gun violence prevention advocates and New York City students for a listening session on gun safety in schools. The students voiced their concerns and asked a panel of experts questions about how to get involved in the fight against gun violence. The panel included Debbie Weir, Senior Managing Director at Everytown for Gun Safety - Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Shaina Harrison, Program Director at New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, and Council Member Ben Kallos.
More than 7,000 children have been killed by gun violence since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.
"Gun safety reforms should be at the top of Congress' to-do list. Children's lives are being cut short, while the GOP refuses to stand up to the NRA,” said Rep. Maloney. “We need to stop sending thoughts and prayers without actions to make schools safer. These students, and all the students across the country making their voices heard, are inspiring our nation. They aren't just the future's leaders, they're today's leaders. Congress should be following their example."
Congresswoman Maloney has long supported sensible gun safety reforms, starting with support of The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, named for President Reagan’s press secretary, Jim Brady, who suffered grievous injuries in the assassination attempt on the President. That law provides for background checks for most handgun purchases, and has stopped thousands of dangerous individuals from buying firearms.
Since that historic legislation, Congresswoman Maloney has pushed several key bills to crack down on gun violence by making gun trafficking a federal crime, allowing federal public health agencies to conduct research into gun safety, closing the gun show loophole, and supporting innovative “smart gun” technology. She has also cosponsored legislation to require universal background checks, limit the number of rounds in magazine clips, and renew the expired assault weapons ban.