The Gun Violence Problem
When felons, the adjudicated mentally ill, domestic violence criminals and other prohibited people have such easy access to firearms, something is terribly wrong. Mothers, fathers and children die every day in America because guns are in the wrong hands. More American citizens were killed by guns in the last thirty years than were killed in all the battles in all the wars our Nation has fought since 1775.
On a bright April day in 2007, 32 students and faculty were murdered by a mentally ill student with a high powered weapon at Virginia Tech. Americans are murdered with guns at the rate of 32 people a day- gone because of guns in the wrong hands. No matter how you analyze the problem the results are clear: gun violence occurs with alarming regularity all across the country. And if guns are in the wrong hands, the gun violence will continue.
Yet Washington and Albany continue to ignore the death and injury and the suffering of thousands of families. In fact, the Washington and Albany culture of 'never do today what you can put off until tomorrow' has made the problem worse.
New York has strong sensible gun laws intended to keep us safe, but we are punished by the weak gun laws of other states and non-existent and lax enforcement of laws at the federal level. All Americans deserve the right to be safe and free from gun violence but the reckless inaction of elected officials threatens that freedom. Read below to learn more about the causes of gun violence, how lax policies impact New York and the sensible solutions NYAGV is fighting for.