Resolution J5211-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 2014 as Gun Violence Awareness Month in the State of New York

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  • May 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 29, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 20, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim June 2014 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 2014 as  Gun  Violence
Awareness Month in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  According to the Department of Criminal Justice Services, in
2013, there were 335 homicides by a firearm in New York City  represent-
ing 52% of all murders in the state; 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,  The  Center  for Disease Control reports gun deaths in urban
areas are much more likely to be homicides, while  suicide  is  far  and
away the dominant form of gun death in rural areas; and
  WHEREAS, Furthermore, Caucasian Americans are far more likely to shoot
themselves,  and  African  Americans  are  far more likely to be shot by
someone else; and
  WHEREAS, According to the New York Police Department,  African  Ameri-
cans,  who represent 23% of New York City's population, made up 63.8% of
the murder victims and 73.9% of the shooting  victims  from  January  to
June 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  African  American men between the ages of 16 and 37 comprise
40% of those murdered in New York City in 2012, and 86% of  these  young
men  were  killed  with a firearm, a statistic showing that a dispropor-
tionate share of gun violence continues to be experienced by members  of
our minority community; and
  WHEREAS,  The Department of Criminal Justice Services affirms in 2012,
firearms accounted for 31.1% of domestic violence incidents in the State
of New York, and 27.5% of domestic violence incidents in New York  City;
and
  WHEREAS,  The  damage caused by gun violence is not limited to gender,
race, sexual orientation or ethnicity; and
  WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater  public  awareness  of
this  serious  issue  including  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  2014  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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