2016-07-06 / Features

Crowley’s Roundtable On Preventing Gun Violence


Rep. Joe Crowley was joined by gun violence survivors, advocates, and faith and community leaders at a roundtable discussion in his district office. Rep. Joe Crowley was joined by gun violence survivors, advocates, and faith and community leaders at a roundtable discussion in his district office. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, was joined on June 29, a National Day of Action, by gun violence survivors, community and faith leaders, experts, and advocates in a roundtable to discuss the need for action to prevent gun violence. Last week, Crowley joined his colleagues in a historic 26-hour sit-in on the House Floor to protest Speaker Ryan and House Republicans’ refusal to allow a vote on bipartisan legislation to address gun violence. During the sit-in, House Republicans recessed the House of Representatives without bringing gun violence prevention legislation up for a vote.

“From Queens to San Francisco, Americans’ outcry for action to prevent gun violence can be heard loud and clear,” said Rep. Crowley. “The American people have had enough, and I have too. All we are asking for is to hold a vote on commonsense gun violence prevention legislation, yet Speaker Ryan and House Republicans are refusing to do even that. Each year, over 30,000 Americans die from gun violence. This is a life or death issue, and the time for action is now.”

Crowley’s roundtable, held in his Queens district office in Jackson Heights, brought together representatives from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence; New Yorkers Against Gun Violence; LIFE Camp, Inc.; NYC Health & Hospitals’ Guns Down, Life Up program; the NYPD; Houses on the Moon Theater Company, and First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst, as well as a gun violence survivor and a family member of a victim, to discuss how they can work together to keep communities safe, raise awareness, and continue the push for much-needed solutions.

During the roundtable, Crowley, who moderated the discussion, shared his experience from House Democrats’ sit-in and renewed his commitment to continuing to press for action when the House of Representatives reconvenes in July.

“Gun violence is an epidemic that has plagued our nation for far too long,” continued Crowley. “Doing nothing is simply unacceptable. That’s why we will continue to demand that the House take a vote, and take a vote now.”

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