The New York chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of the Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots networks, released the following statement applauding New York Governor Kathy Hochul for announcing a comprehensive public safety plan aimed at reducing gun violence across the state during her first State of the State Address. The strategies include investing in innovative and effective law enforcement strategies like strengthening crime gun-tracing efforts, providing additional training for law enforcement on red flag laws, and improving crime data analyses and intelligence. The strategies also focus on creating and expanding on community-based violence intervention programs.
“As we enter the new year, it is crucial that we continue to prioritize the safety of New York communities and combat gun violence from the ground up,” said Barry Graubart, a volunteer with the New York chapter of Moms Demand Action. “We are heartened to see Governor Hochul reaffirm New York’s status as a leader in the gun violence prevention movement with the announcement of these new public safety strategies.”
“2021 was a devastating year for gun violence, and underscored the urgent need for a whole-of-government response at this critical moment,” said Nick Suplina, Senior Vice President for Law & Policy at Everytown for Gun Safety. “Governor Hochul’s new public safety plan focuses not only on gun trafficking and crime reduction strategies, but also the importance of community-based solutions in meaningfully addressing this crisis. We look forward to continuing our work with Governor Hochul to help keep New Yorkers safe.”
In an average year in New York, 829 people die by guns and 2,607 people are wounded. Gun violence costs New York $5.9 billion each year, of which $321 million is paid by taxpayers. More information about gun violence in New York is available here.