Resolution J1412-2013

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

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  • May 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 7, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 19, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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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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