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OurLIC SPECIAL NEWTOWN REPORT: NYS Senator Michael Gianaris and Peter Vallone, Jr. on Guns and Gun Reform

In view of the tragic happening at Newtown, CT; and, calls for gun control legislation, OurLIC presents a segment of its August 7, VIDEO CONVERSATION with NYC Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr.

This article also contains links for parents from Assembly Member Cathy Nolan on helping children deal with the Newtown shootings.


NY State Senator Michael Gianaris



Full video coverage and follow up Q&A are available in the left column in 2 segments of approximately three to five minutes each.







Long Island City, NY December 13, 2012 -

The tragic killings in a Newtown, CT school prompts OurLIC to reach out to New York City elected officials.  NY State Senator Michael Gianaris and NYC City Council Member Peter Vallone Jr, Chair of the Public Safety Committee have already been seeking legislature to reform gun laws for NYC and NY State.

"How many atrocities are needed before we stand up and take action against the gun culture plaguing our nation?" asked Senator Michael Gianaris. "Newtown is only the latest of such avoidable horrors to visit our nation. My sensible gun proposals, which would make New York State the nation's toughest on guns, are the kinds of measures that must be passed to save the lives of innocent people. The passage of these proposals would make us safer from gun violence and keep such senseless, heartbreaking tragedies from repeating themselves time and again."

Senator Gianaris's has proposed a package of sensible gun bills that would do the following:

  •  Limit the purchase of a firearm to one per month;
  • Establish a universal background check for all gun sales;
  • Require prospective purchasers to obtain a firearm safety certificate;
  • Impose a 10-day waiting period to the sale of a firearm in order to give law enforcement officials enough time to perform a thorough background check of the prospective owner;
  • Close several gaps in the regulation of firearms and sale of ammunition, including mandating dealers to report all firearm and ammunition sales within 24 hours to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. Records of all sales must be kept on file by the state for at least ten years.

In August 2012, the New York Daily News published and article about Senator Gianaris' efforts to make New York the nation's toughest state when it comes to guns. [ N DAILY NEWS Article ]

Just a few days ago, Peter Vallone, Jr. announced his candidacy for Queens Borough President.

On August 7, 2012, OurLIC interviewed Vallone at the Astoria Park, Night Out Against Crime. He is Chair of Public Safety Committee of NYC City Council.  The interview led to a conversation about a package of bills that he and NY State Senator Michael Gianaris were proposing as legislation to regulate the sale of guns in NYC and NY State, as well as a discussion about Constitional issues vs Community values.

In view of the tragic happening at Newtown, and calls for gun control legislation, OurLIC presents the segment of the August 7, VIDEO CONVERSATION in which Peter Vallone, Jr. expresses his strong views, and refers to previously proposed legislation.  He also discusses the difficulty in gaining community and city control, because of the federal issues.

Since it is pertinent, the full interview from August 7, 2012 Night Out Against Crime is also presented with this article.

At his anouncement for Queens Borough President campaign, Vallone said “I LOVE QUEENS, AND I WANT TO KEEP FIGHTING FOR OUR BOROUGH.”

Isaac Carmignani, Co-President NYC Community School Board (CDEC) 30, alerts us about NOTIFY NYC. In January 2010, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Commissioner Joseph F. Bruno and Schools Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm announced that New York City public school families can sign up for Notify NYC updates for emergency situations at their children’s schools by phone, text message, or e-mail.

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan has passed along some excellent links on how to help our kids (and ourselves) deal with the Newtown shooting.

From Noah Gotbaum ....Here are some thoughts and some excellent links on how to help our kids (and ourselves) deal with the Newtown shooting. The first link from the National Association of School Psychologists is particularly good.  These were passed on to me by a friend whose children attend a private school here in NYC.. 

Tell the children that we shall all do everything we can to keep them safe

Listen to their questions and answer them clearly and simply, if we can.  They may return to us later and repeat their questions, many of which may be factual, and they may have different feelings and reactions from ours.  We should try not to impose our own horror and fear on them.

Limit their exposure to television and other forms of news that will go over the shootings again and again.

Consult guidelines (see links below) from such organizations as the National Association of School Psychologists and the Child Mind Institute.  They have sound advice for talking to children about such matters and observing their behavior.

Let the school know if you have concerns about a child's reaction to the shootings.  Do not hesitate to consult a psychologist or counselor, especially if unusual behavior persists.







NY State Senator Michael Gianaris

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