Gun Violence Prevention Organizations Release
2010 State & Federal Candidate Endorsements
(October 27, 2010 Queens, NY): New York’s leading gun violence prevention organization, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, joined with GunFreeKids.org this morning at a press conference in Queens to release joint endorsements of candidates running for state and federal offices. The advocates were joined by several endorsed lawmakers and highlighted candidates who demonstrated consistent support for strong gun violence prevention measures, while drawing a sharp distinction with those candidates supported by the gun lobby through endorsements and financial contributions.
Colin Weaver, Deputy Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, said: “Gun violence has forced too many parents to bury their children, taken the lives of too many police officers who pledged to protect our communities, and ripped apart too many families. The status quo is unacceptable. New York State cannot afford to have elected officials who ignore this tragic scourge on our state and its law abiding citizens.” Weaver continued “we need elected officials to become leaders in order to combat gun violence and these 2010 endorsed candidates have and will continue to do just that. The electorate needs to know which elected officials are leading the way to make our communities safer.”
Andy Pelosi, Executive Director of GunFreeKids.org, said “As we do every two years, our comprehensive questionnaire and review of past voting records provides a good window on where the candidates stand on the gun violence prevention issue. More importantly, our endorsed candidates have demonstrated their commitment to supporting life saving measures to reduce the threat of gun violence in our communities and are not beholden to the interests of the gun lobby.” Pelosi concluded “on November 2nd we hope that the voters in New York State pause to consider those candidates working to reduce gun violence.”
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