New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) joined the State Legislators Against Illegal Guns (SLAIG), elected officials, and gun safety advocates at a press conference on December 12 at New York City Hall to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Keith Daley, an 8th grader, spoke of the importance of gun safety laws for a safe future.

Keith Daley, an 8th grader at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Manhattan, spoke of the need for gun safety laws for a safe future.

NYC Public Advocate-Elect Letitia James.

NYC Public Advocate-Elect Letitia James addresses the crowd.

The attendees honored the victims of the shootings and the thousands of Americans who lost their lives to gun violence this past year.

They renewed their call for Congress to enact sensible gun laws and pointed to the NY SAFE Act–enacted just weeks after the Sandy Hook tragedy–as a model gun safety law. 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said, “New York’s families and neighborhoods are safer because our state passed the strongest gun laws in the nation. Although it is difficult to think that one year has already passed since the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook, the best way to honor the memory of those we lost is to take action to prevent future senseless violence.”

Click here for NYAGV’s complete press release about the event.

Gun safety advocates joined NYAGV and public officials at City Hall.

Gun safety advocates joined NYAGV and public officials at NY City Hall.

NYAGV's Leah Gunn Barrett opened the program to commemorate the one-year anniversary of  Newtown.

NYAGV’s Leah Gunn Barrett opened the program to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Newtown.