Rep. Maloney joins march to end gun violence
New York—Today Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined the advocacy group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for their third annual Brooklyn Bridge March and Rally to end gun violence. Maloney, along with hundreds of people fighting to eliminate gun violence from our country, marched from Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn Heights to City Hall. Prior to the march Congresswoman Maloney made remarks to the gathered crowd. Below are the remarks as prepared:
“For the third time in three years we’re here, together, in New York to show our support for sensible gun safety laws. And yet for three years the gun lobby and its allies in Congress have blocked even the most modest of efforts, like keeping more cop-killing bullets off the streets.
“This year alone, more than 4,000 Americans have been killed with a gun, including over 950 children and teenagers. These aren’t just statistics; they are our brothers, our sisters, our sons and daughters. Gun deaths now outpace traffic fatalities in our country. Good thing the gun lobby doesn’t sell cars, because if it did we probably wouldn’t have seat belts.
“We have more gun-related deaths than any other developed country. We have four times the death rate of Canada. It’s time we started cherishing the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Lives, literally, depend on it.
“Let’s invest in public health research to study gun violence. It’s an epidemic when more children die from gunshot wounds than cancer. Let’s close the gun show loophole and require universal background checks!
“Let’s take action to keep guns out of the hands of stalkers and abusive dating partners! Let’s make trafficking in guns a federal felony! Let’s be smarter about keeping guns out of the hands of children and prevent unintentional shootings by investing in technology and gun safety! We know who stands in our way: it’s the NRA, it’s the manufacturers who profit from the sale of guns, and it’s the right-wing politicians who put their interests before public safety.
“Today we march together and speak with one voice to let them know: we will not back down from this fight. It may take years, it may take decades, but the tens of thousands who senselessly lost their lives at the barrel of a gun will not be forgotten.”