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Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 2013 as Gun Violence Awareness Month in the State of New York

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  • 19 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 07 / May / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 07 / May / 2013
    • ADOPTED

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim June 2013 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 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 memo-
rialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 2013 as Gun Violence
Awareness Month in the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, In 2012, there were 407 homicides by a firearm in New York
State representing 59.6% of all murders in the state; and
WHEREAS, In 2011, the mean homicide rate in New York caused by a
firearm was 4.95 per 100,000; and
WHEREAS, In 2011, 73,833 people suffered from nonfatal firearms-relat-
ed injuries in New York; and
WHEREAS, There were 23 armed robberies for every 100,000 New Yorkers
in 2011; 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, Firearm homicide is the leading cause of death for African
Americans ages 1-44 nationwide; and
WHEREAS, African Americans, who represent 23 percent of New York
City's population, made up 64 percent of the murder victims and 71
percent of the shooting victims in 2012; and
WHEREAS, African American men between the ages of 16 and 37 comprise
40 percent of those murdered in New York City in 2012, and 82 percent of
these young men were killed with a firearm, a statistic showing that a
disproportionate share of gun violence continues to be experienced by
members of our minority community; and
WHEREAS, Guns are the most common weapon used in domestic violence
against women and access to firearms increases the risk of homicide by
more than 5 times; and
WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater public awareness of
this serious issue, and more must be done to increase activity at the
local, State and national levels; and
WHEREAS, This resolution, the first of its kind in New York, will
inspire a necessary discussion in our community on how we can harness
our resources to reduce gun violence to improve our state's programs in
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 Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 2013 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 tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York.

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