GAG-NY Ends 2018 with Riveting Action at Grand Central, Looks to 2019
December 29, 2018
In a sea of commotion, commuting & congestion we take a moment to remember & honor children we have lost to gun violence.
As 2018 comes to an end, it was important that Gays Against Guns New York do one last meaningful protest activity this year.
With all the things in need of attention, gun violence prevention has been the focus of the volunteering and activism for many of our members. And we are grateful to all those who participated in this event to highlight our worsening gun violence epidemic.
Once again, many participated as "Human Beings", who are silent protesters dressed in white to represent a specific person lost to gun violence. The victims we highlighted today were children lost to gun violence and we protested at Grand Central during rush hour. We got a lot of attention and engagement.
Looking back at 2018, there were some major positive steps even while the rates of gun related deaths continued to rise.
In the 2018 elections Democratic politicians fully embraced gun violence prevention and for the first time it was seen as a winning issue instead of a political third rail. And, gun violence prevention was a winning issue.
Continued From Above
Once again we had horrific mass shootings in 2018, but this time the focus stayed on gun violence prevention. We even had national school walk outs and a massive marches inspired and led by the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland Florida in response to shootings.
"We know we will continue volunteering and protesting to combat this public health issue in 2019. Please - and we ask you sincerely - join us".
Again, nothing major happened legislatively at the federal level except the recent bump stock ban, but many states passed gun safety laws. This included states such as Vermont and Florida that typically do not embrace any laws restricting gun ownership.
We saw more physicians embrace gun violence prevention as a public heath issue and even begin advocating for gun violence prevention.
The Democratic majority in the House and in states like New York State where legislative and executive branches were elected often on platforms promising improved gun laws. So we look forward to substantive legislation in 2019.
We know we will continue volunteering and protesting to combat this public health issue in 2019. Please - and we ask you sincerely - join us.
Wishing you and yours a Happy, Safe, and Gun Violence Free New Year.