NewYork~ Today, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and Congressman Hakeem Jeffris, gathered with city leaders, members of the LGBT community and gun safety advocates to demand Congressional action on gun safety reforms and remember the 49 people who were murdered and 53 wounded in the attack in Orlando. The attack, by a gunman using a semi-automatic assault weapon to murder members of the LGBT community, was the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
The members of Congress were joined by Public Advocate Letitia James, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, Manhattan District Attorney and co-founder of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence Cyrus Vance, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Members of the New York City Council Dan Garodnick, Stephen Levin, Margaret Chin, Costa Costantinides, Ben Kallos, members of the LGBT community Michael Mallon and Bryan Ellicott, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Leah Gunn Barrett, Regional Organizing Manager for Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Kim Russell, Donna Dees from the Million Moms March, and Monica Atiya from Organizing for Action-New York.
The group called on Congress to enact common sense gun safety reforms including: renewing the Assault Weapons Ban (H.R. 4269), prohibiting people on the terrorist watch list and those convicted of hate crimes from buying guns (H.R. 1076 & H.R. 4603), lifting the prohibition on federal public research on gun violence (H.R. 2612), and requiring universal background checks for all gun sales (H.R. 1217)
“Gun violence is an epidemic in our country,” Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney. “We just had the deadlist mass shooting in American history in Orlando when a man full of hate murdered 49 people because of their sexual orientation. That was on top of another 6,000 people who had been murdered by guns this year. This country needs to wake up and pass meaningful gun safety reform like renewing the assault weapons ban and keeping guns out of Congress have blocked us even having a vote on these bills is a degrace. These reforms won’t imfringe upon the Second Amendment- hunters don’t need assault rifles- but they will save lives”
“All of us mourn the loss of life in Orlando, but thoughts, prayers, and moments of silence are no longer sufficient,” said Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez. “Enough is enough. There is a range of policy options Congress could adopt that would make a difference. Restoring an assault rifle ban and preventing those on the FBI Terror Watchlist from purchasing guns are common sense first steps. If House Republicans fail to act on ideas like these, they are abdicating their fundamental responsibility to keep the American people safe.”
“Since the Pulse Night Club Shooting in Orlando that killed 49 LGBT & Latino people and injured many others, we have witnessed the work that still needs to be done not only for the LGBTQ community,.” said Secretary Stonewall Democrats of New York City Bryan Ellicott. “We also need to figure out how to deal with the continuing problem of gun violence in this country. We need 100% full equality under the law for all members of the LGBTQ community. Especially those who are transgender and gender non-conforming. We need gun control laws that will keep guns out of the hands of those who wish to do harm to ALL communities especially because of who you are or who you love. We need to join together as a community of human beings and stop pointing figures and come up with the solution so this stops happening”