“Gun violence is the leading cause of death among young people, yet lobby groups try to obscure the cost of gun violence,” said bioethicist  Dr. Arthur Caplan. Dr. Caplan also believes that the health toll of guns needs to be studied and doctors should discuss guns with their patients.

Dr. Caplan was one of the speakers at “Kids & Gun Safety,” a free community event co-sponsored by NYAGV that was held May 14 at the North Castle Library in Armonk.

Assemblyman David Buchwald, bioethicist Dr. Arthur Caplan and  NYAGV VP Justin Wagner (shown L-R) were among the speakers.

(Shown L-R) Assemblyman David Buchwald, bioethicist Dr. Arthur Caplan, and NYAGV VP Justin Wagner were among the speakers.

The event focused on the dangers of unlocked guns in the home, and the need for a state child access prevention law.

CAP Law Needed

Unlike most other states, New York does not have a law requiring the safe storage of guns. NYAGV is advocating for A8293, the Child Access Prevention/Safe Storage Act–also known as “Nicholas’s Law.”

Justin Wagner, Vice President of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, commented, “New York is behind Mississippi, Texas and Utah,” Wagner said. “We have to fix this,” he added.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Assemblyman David Buchwald, one of the sponsors of Nicholas’s Law, also spoke at the event, which drew more than 50 attendees.