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We CAN prevent mass shootings.

We CAN prevent mass shootings.

Yesterday in Parkland, Florida, at least 17 high school students were massacred by a gunman with an AR-15 assault weapon and multiple rounds of ammunition. Once again, easy access to guns caused senseless death, trauma, and grief. The “thoughts and prayers” of elected officials have done nothing to prevent mass shootings and they won’t prevent the next... Read More
NYAGV Statement on the Parkland, Florida, School Shooting

NYAGV Statement on the Parkland, Florida, School Shooting

Although facts are still developing, reports have confirmed that a gunman armed with an AR-15 assault weapon shot and killed at least 17 students yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. “Once again, we grieve for the victims and their families in the aftermath of yet another horrific school shooting,” said Rebecca... Read More
We CAN Do Something to Prevent Mass Shootings

We CAN Do Something to Prevent Mass Shootings

The “thoughts and prayers” of politicians will do nothing to prevent the next mass shooting. Or the next. Or the next. The truth is, much can be done to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals–and to help prevent the carnage that Americans fear each day, whether they’re at church, in school, at work, or... Read More
“You won’t truly understand gun violence until you see the Newtown documentary.”

“You won’t truly understand gun violence until you see the Newtown documentary.”

That’s what Esquire magazine said about Newtown, a new documentary about the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. The film documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose, and it weaves an intimate story of community resilience.“Why is this story... Read More
NYS Assault Weapons Ban Passes Supreme Court Challenge

NYS Assault Weapons Ban Passes Supreme Court Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 20 refused to hear appeals that challenged assault weapons bans passed by the states of New York and Connecticut. Its refusal allows the weapons bans to stand. After the Sandy Hook shootings, both New York and Connecticut passed legislation that prohibited the possession of some semiautomatic “assault weapons” and... Read More
Sign the petition to ban assault weapons!

Sign the petition to ban assault weapons!

NYAGV, along with a broad coalition of almost 100 advocacy groups, is sponsoring a petition to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. These weapons of war are made for battlefields, not our schools or our churches or our gathering places. Read More
Assault weapons bans work: Let's pass one now!

Assault weapons bans work: Let’s pass one now!

The Orlando shooter was able to massacre scores of innocent people because he was able to purchase a military-style assault weapon. Assault weapons and high-capacity magazines were illegal from 1994-2004, when Congress and the George W. Bush administration allowed it to expire. A new report, “Mass Mayhem: Mass Shooters and Assault Weapons,” by the non-partisan Citizens Crime... Read More
Doing nothing is unacceptable.

Doing nothing is unacceptable.

Assault weapons are weapons of war, designed to quickly kill large numbers of people–and they’ve become the weapons of choice in mass shootings, from Newtown, CT, to San Bernardino, CA, and now to Orlando, FL. Due to Congress’s inaction, these military-style weapons are still available to civilians, and innocent American citizens continue to fall victim. Don’t do... Read More