NYAGV continues its activities at the community level, participating in several recent forums on gun violence with local organizations and elected officials in Rochester and Buffalo.
“With our strong grassroots presence in Western New York, we have dispelled the gun lobby myth that Upstate New Yorkers don’t care about gun violence prevention. They care passionately and support New York’s existing gun safety laws and are helping us advocate for additional measures such as firearm safe storage,” commented NYAGV Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett.
Documentary Screening in Rochester
On January 19 in Rochester, Barrett participated in a discussion after the screening of “No Control,” a documentary film about gun control and gun rights in the U.S. The event, held at the Little Theater, was attended by 85 NYAGV members and supporters.
Buffalo Panel with Senator Gillibrand
On January 15 in Buffalo, Paul McQuillen, NYAGV Upstate Coordinator, was a panelist at U.S. Senator Kristin Gillibrand’s gun trafficking forum at the True Bethel Baptist Church. Other speakers included Erie County County Executive Mark Polioncarz, and Buffalo Council President Darius Pridgen.
At Buffalo’s Merriweather Library on January 20, NYAGV sponsored a discussion on the impact of gun violence. Panelists included NYAGV’s Barrett; Jim Kennedy, Western New York Director for Senator Kristin Gillibrand’s office; photojournalist Joe Quint; NYAGV’s Paul McQuillen; and Gary Pudup, NYAGV Western New York Coordinator, gun owner, and former police officer.
Commenting on these recent events, McQuillen said, “We’re encouraged with the overwhelming reception we’ve received. Gun violence prevention activism in Western New York is alive and growing.”