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Getting Involved in the Gun Control Debate in Brooklyn: Who Is Working On the Issue?

By January 10, 2013

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Find out about gun control in Brooklyn, who and where to get connected to advocacy groups, and more. For instance:

  • Best bet: Join the state's biggest gun control advocacy organization, which was born in Brooklyn in 1993 after a homicide in Prospect Park, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. They're asking people to make 20 calls in 20 days.
  • Sign up online in support of Mayor Bloomberg's initiative to regulate assault weapons and more; sign up on DemandaPlan.
  • Join the Brooklyn chapter of the One Million Moms for Gun Control, newly formed in the wake of the Newtown shootings.
  • Find out about the Brooklyn-born "shoes" campaign, Silent March, which is reactivating after Newtown.
  • Join with local churches, synagogues, Quaker organizations and other faith communities who are demanding stricter national gun regulations.

Since the Newtown CT shootings, the issue of the proper role of firearms in American society, from the meaning of the Second Amendment to the question of why consumers can buy assault weapons so easily, to the wisdom of having armed security guards in schools, has roiled the nation. And in Brooklyn, we regularly hear about shootings, from the "Russian roulette" Thanksgiving day shooting of an 18 year old, to last week's homicide in a Clinton Hill diner.

After Governor Cuomo's speech last night, gun control is on the definitely on the table in Albany. Want to get involved? Now's the time....

 

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