Statement by Assemblymember Hunter on the Need to Act on Gun Violence

We are 147 days in 2022, and there have been more than 213 mass shootings. Not even two weeks after the racist Buffalo shooting, 19 children and two teachers were brutally gunned down in an elementary school. Across the state, New Yorkers are filled with sadness and righteous anger as our nation keeps experiencing these cold-blooded massacres of innocent men, women, and children.

Our hearts are constantly being broken by seeing the pictures of the innocent victims of these monstrous shootings.The futures of innocent children are being stolen, the lives of adults are being cut short, and our brave men and women of law enforcement have to respond to horrific scenes. Enough is enough.

For too long, our elected leaders have offered thoughts and prayers after these horrific events while opposing efforts to save lives. As elected representatives, it is our obligation to heed the will of New Yorkers and enact commonsense gun reform.