BOULDER, Colo. — JUST after Christmas, Veronica Rutledge of Blackfoot, Idaho, took her 2-year-old son to a Walmart store to spend holiday gift cards. As they strolled by the electronics section, according to news reports, the toddler reached into his mom’s purse and pulled out a handgun that she legally carried. He pulled the trigger once and killed her.
This coming Monday morning, I will join several elected officials, Police chiefs, and religious leaders from throughout our region, as we together call on gun manufacturers to partner with us to improve public safety. Our press conference here in New Rochelle will be one of several around the country, all spearheaded by the “Do Not Stand Idly By” campaign, a nation-wide effort, endorsed by the U.S . Conference of Mayors, to utilize the gun purchasing power of the public sector to encourage common-sense safety measures.
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.
NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — You could call it gun control without legislation. Local governments that buy handguns for their police departments are asking, as customers, for a change in the way that gun makers do business.
As CBS2’s Lou Young explained, the gun on a New Rochelle cop’s hip is a Glock semi-automatic. When it’s time to replace the weapon though, that just might change, depending on the attitude of the gun maker.
“We want to use the power of the market place. The power of the free market,” New Rochelle Mayor, Noam Bramson explained.
RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- The Rye Brook Police Department has joined an effort to encourage gun manufacturers to play a part in reducing gun violence.
The effort is spearheaded by Metro Industrial Areas Foundation and its local affiliate, Westchester United, a network of churches, synagogues and other faith-based community organizations who work together to generate social change. The groups are working to form coalitions of communities to begin conversations with gun manufacturers about safer gun distribution practices and ways to reduce gun violence.
Newtown: A Year Later
by Pastor Jim O'Hanlon
Like many parents, dropping my children off at school last December was a stressful experience.
After last year's tragedy in Newtown I felt an urgency about the need for common sense gun regulations. It was quickly apparent that any new Federal regulations were unlikely and while some states took action that alone was never going to be as effective. The idea that we needed armed guards at our schools was not really a solution to my mind.
11 dicembre 2013
The days after the Newtown massacre, I, like so many religious and civic leaders, had the difficult task of meeting with scared parents and frightened students about the school shooting. There was nothing I could say that could possibly console them or alleviate all of their fears. My role was primarily one of listening and helping people find words to describe what they were feeling.