Long Island Students Keep Focus On Gun Violence Prevention With Rally

Parkland victim family members will be featured speakers

The March 24 March for Our Lives events had 2 million participants worldwide. (Photo by Kimberly Dijkstra)

A large group of passionate Long Island high school students are holding a Rally to End Gun Violence on Sunday, July 29, at 12 noon, at Breezy Park in Huntington. The rally is the second event that this group of students have hosted to highlight the need for common sense gun safety reform. The first event was held at Farmingdale State College, cohosted by Congressman Tom Suozzi, as a part of the March for Our Lives nationwide rallies on March 24, 2018. More than 1,500 attended the Farmingdale rally.

The students asked Suozzi to again help them hold another rally as a way to keep the focus on the need for gun violence prevention. The students met weekly and formed committees to organize the rally, including choosing speakers, creating a program, designing digital content for the rally’s social media and promoting the event.

The students will meet at Oakwood Park at 12 noon and march together to the rally at Breezy Park. Believing that voting is the only way to make their voices heard and get a needed change on this important issue, the group will provide voter registration to attendees and encourage them to vote in November.

Several students will be speaking at the rally, along with Suozzi, and relatives of Parkland victims Scott Beigel and Jaime Guttenberg—Beigel’s niece and parents, Lucy Peters, Linda Beigel and Michael Schulman; and Guttenberg’s uncle, Paul Guttenberg.

The student planning committee is partnering with former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ organization, Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, as well as Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and March for Our Lives-LI.

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  1. Here’s an idea to reduce gun violence and other kinds of violence that NRA types and anti-gun violence advocates can agree on. The United Nations’ World Health Organization says every year billions of dollars are being spent on injuries related to punching incidents. Punching incidents often escalate in to using more deadly weapons – guns, knives, etc. So if you can reduce punching incidents, it should reduce gun violence and other types of violence, including domestic violence. Also, by reducing domestic violence it should reduce the number of people who commit gun atrocities and other types of violence because those who commit such atrocities are likely to have grown up in homes where they were exposed to domestic violence. One Punch Homicide was made to reduce punching incidents, it’s getting great reviews, and it can be seen free online.

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