Spitzer Expresses Support For "silent March"

Attorney General Spitzer today expressed his support for the "Silent March" anti-violence demonstration.

Spitzer joined thousands of other New Yorkers in donating a pair of shoes for the event, which are being used to illustrate the extraordinary number of Americans lost to gun violence each year.

"This is a moving tribute to the New Yorkers of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds who have been the victims of gun violence," said Spitzer. "It is imperative that we work together to make our homes, schools, streets and neighborhoods safer. These shoes will serve as a grim reminder of the more than 30,000 Americans lost each year to gun violence."

Many of the shoes used in the display are from victims of gun violence and their families. Some include notes and pictures of victims.

New York recently became the first state in the country to sue gun manufacturers when Spitzer filed a lawsuit against gun manufacturers and wholesalers seeking to change their conduct. The lawsuit seeks to change the way the companies do business, to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and children, and make firearms safer for legal gun owners and their families.

Several of those currently involved in the "Silent March" are the relatives of homicide victims who joined Spitzer when he announced the gun industry lawsuit.

The "Silent March," will take place the nominating conventions of both political parties. The events are being organized by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and other anti-violence groups.