Statement from Mayor Adams and Chairperson Maloney on the Oversight Committee Hearing on the Gun Violence Epidemic

June 9, 2022

NEW YORK –New York City Mayor Eric Adams and U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, released the following statement after yesterday’s Oversight Committee hearing on the epidemic of armed violence:

“Yesterday we heard the heartbreaking stories we have sadly heard too often and too often. An 11-year-old girl who witnessed the murders of her teachers and classmates had to smear a friend’s blood on her body to play dead so she can survive. In a single day, the parents who celebrated their daughter’s induction into the honor roll learned that they will never be able to see her achieve her dream of becoming a lawyer. pediatrician who lost five of his patients in a single day described in gruesome detail the carnage wrought by the gunman’s AR-15 And a Buffalo mother is now feeling shrapnel from an AR-15 high explosive shell that will be at ever embedded in her son’s body each time she cleanses his wounds. Each of these people spoke with one voice and made it clear: We need action on gun safety for good. meaning, and we need it now child As elected officials, it is our duty to answer their call and work to build a world where they never have to see these horrific events repeat themselves.

“While New York City has already adopted many gun safety measures, guns from other states with lax gun laws continue to flow into New York along the ‘iron pipeline.’ But last night the House of Representatives took a crucial step to cut off the flow of illegal guns by passing the “Protecting Our Children Act,” which would make interstate gun trafficking a standalone federal offense. The bill also includes other necessary measures some of which are already law in New York as a minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle. Now is the time for each of us to decide where we stand on the issue of gun violence. We both stand with the vast majority of Americans, which is why we are committed to working together and with the New York City Congressional delegation to ensure that this is not the last step to ensure the safety of New Yorkers.

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