We at New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and Youth Over Guns are deeply saddened by the mass shootings this weekend in Brooklyn and California that killed four and injured dozens more. From coast to coast, gun violence continues to destroy American communities on a daily basis, in tragic events that do not always make national headlines.

On Saturday night, gunfire disrupted the annual “Old Timers Day” in Brownsville, Brooklyn–a community celebration that draws thousands–killing one and injuring 11. On Sunday, a shooter opened fire at a community food festival in Gilroy, California, leaving three dead and at least a dozen injured. In the U.S., community festivals, concerts, schools, houses of worship, and other safe spaces are being ravaged by fear and bloodshed.

While we’ve made tremendous progress in New York, we must continue to advocate for strong gun laws–both on the state and federal levels–and for community-based solutions to protect our communities from gun violence.

Just today, Governor Cuomo signed into law two of NYAGV’s priority bills to strengthen our background check system and ban bump stocks. Four other state bills are currently awaiting the Governor’s signature.

Please support our push to enact these and other life-saving measures.

With gratitude,




Rebecca Fischer, Executive Director