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Memorializing Governor Kathy Hochul to proclaim June 2022, as Gun Violence Awareness Month in NY

Senate Resolution No. 2518 sponsored by Senator Zellnor Myrie.


MEMORIALIZING Governor Kathy Hochul to proclaim

June 2022, as Gun Violence Awareness Month in the

State of New York


WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize

official months that are set aside to increase awareness of serious

issues that affect the lives of citizens of New York State; and


WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its

long-standing traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body to

memorialize Governor Kathy Hochul to proclaim June 2022, as Gun Violence

Awareness Month in the State of New York, in conjunction with the

observance of National Gun Violence Awareness Month; and


WHEREAS, According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were

approximately 40,000 people killed by guns in the United States in 2019;

and


WHEREAS, According to Gun Violence Archive (GVA), a nonprofit

organization that tracks media and law enforcement reports of shootings,

at least 15,208 people were killed by guns in the United States in 2019,

not including suicides; and


WHEREAS, Gun-related deaths are the leading cause of death for

American children, including approximately 3,400 gun-related homicides

for 2019; and


WHEREAS, The New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services

reports that in 2019, of the nearly 70,000 violent crimes committed in

New York State, nearly 8,000 involved a firearm; and


WHEREAS, Gun violence continues to be a devastating crisis

throughout the state with an increase of shootings and murders typically

occurring in the summer months; and


WHEREAS, The damage caused by gun violence is not limited by gender,

race, sexual orientation or ethnicity; and


WHEREAS, The effects of gun violence extend far beyond those struck

by a bullet; and


WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater public awareness of

this serious issue including prevention, intervention, education and

outreach; and


WHEREAS, Increased awareness and coordination among all stakeholders

is critical to the prevention of gun violence, the equal protection of

our citizens, and to ensure our state's safety for our youth; now,

therefore, be it


RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to

memorialize Governor Kathy Hochul to proclaim June 2022, as Gun Violence

Awareness Month in the State of New York; and be it further


RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be

transmitted to The Honorable Kathy Hochul, Governor of the State of New

York.


Adopted May 10, 2022.