NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Westchester United, a consortium of congregations and community groups in Westchester County, today hosted gun violence victims police chiefs and elected officials at New Rochelle’s Lincoln Park, the site of a shooting last month where three people were injured.
Speakers included Mary Ann Watkins whose nephew was shot and killed in Yonkers this April and Deacon Nathaniel Adams, of Shiloh Baptist in New Rochelle, whose nephew was accidentally killed by an Automatic Rifle elsewhere along with clergy and police chiefs.
The group will announce the "Do No Stand Idly By Campaign", a national bloc of over 60 gun buying police departments seeking change in the gun industry.
The bloc is endorsed by New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye Brook, as well as governors, mayors, county executives and police chiefs from over 60 jurisdictions in 13 states, as well as the U.S. Conference of Mayors including New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.
The event in New Rochelle was part of a series of coordinated events in several states where leaders and public officials sought to initiate a conversation with the major manufacturers of firearms serving the American market.