New Video Features NY High School Students Discussing Gun Violence Epidemic

News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

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April 20, 2018

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NEW VIDEO FEATURES NY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DISCUSSING GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC 

Students Call for Common Sense Gun Reforms, Continued Civic Engagement During Roundtable with AG Schneiderman at Bard HS Early College

Video Released on 19th Anniversary of Columbine Shooting

NEW YORK – Today – on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released a new video featuring New York high school students discussing the gun violence epidemic and the common sense reforms necessary to keep them and their classmates safe. The video includes excerpts from a roundtable with Bard High School Early College Manhattan students hosted by Attorney General Schneiderman following last month’s student walkout on March 14th.

“They’re just common sense laws that we’re fighting for,” says student Ana Guaba in the video. “We do not need an assault rifle or a semiautomatic gun in the streets. You do not need that for self-protection.”

Student Livia Miller recalls the moment she learned about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida: “We were having a meeting, and he got this text, and said, ‘Oh my god. There’s a shooter at my friend’s school’…  It is always scary, but it’s never felt one degree of separation away from the unthinkable happening.”

“These students are building a movement that will change our communities and change our country,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “The gun lobby may think that they can wait out these protests and keep on profiting from business as usual – but they’ve never faced opponents like these students before. Every public official should hear these students and take their message to heart: Pass common sense gun reform. There are no more excuses for delay. Our children will not – and should not – forgive us if we keep failing to protect them from these entirely predictable and preventable attacks.”

Click here to view the video on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. A transcript of the video is available below.

Attorney General Schneiderman has continued to fight for common sense gun laws in New York and on the federal level, part of broader efforts to keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence. The Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force has focused on taking violent gun traffickers off our streets, and his statewide gun program has taken nearly 1,700 unwanted guns out of our communities to date. Attorney General Schneiderman developed Model Gun Show Procedures, a series of safety procedures for gun show operators in New York State, and announced new policies to help social media sites curb illegal sales of firearms on their platforms. In 2016, the Attorney General released a first-of-its-kind analysis of tens of thousands of “crime guns” recovered by law enforcement, illustrating gun trafficking trends that undermine New York’s sensible laws.

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MINNA BACHMAN, STUDENT:

Kids hurt for other kids. This kind of transcends, at this point, state borders, and red states, blue states. Kids are kids. It’s this beautiful moment of unity.

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Across New York, students have been organizing to demand action to stop our national epidemic of school shootings.

New York AG Schneiderman sat down with a group of NYC public school students pushing for change.

LIVIA MILLER, STUDENT:

We were having a meeting, and he got this text, and said, “Oh my god. There’s a shooter at my friend’s school.” And my first thought was, “How is that possible?” I was in seventh grade for Sandy Hook. I remember that was my first time hearing about a shooting in a school and it was horrifying, and it is always scary, but it’s never felt one degree of separation away from the unthinkable happening.

ANA GUABA, STUDENT:

They’re just common sense laws that we’re fighting for. We do not need an assault rifle or a semiautomatic gun in the streets. You do not need that for self-protection. I don’t think anyone here is trying to take away anyone’s 2nd Amendment right. We’re not saying, “There should be no guns in this country.” We’re not saying that. We’re simply saying, “There are guns that do not have a place in our society today.”

ATTORNEY GENERAL SCHNEIDERMAN

I think you can demand a lot more from elected officials, Democrats and Republicans. And that’s how you establish a permanent voice. Just get into the practice of doing it. Organize trips to people’s offices. If you show up and say, “We want to see what you’re doing on this.” That moves it up on their list. That means they’ll talk about it more. They’ll do more. They’ll look for victories. So, you know, it can happen. I think it’s partly a matter of using your voices. It’s really the key to sustaining this.

MAYA BRADY-NGUGI, STUDENT:

I completely agree. I think that moving forward, the biggest thing that we have to do is encourage other kids to be civically engaged and to contact their representatives and officials. And for us, creating a movement that can go beyond our state and beyond our city. And inspire other kids to lead actions like this. I think that is what’s most important to me in these next coming months. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

 

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