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Gun Legislation Reform Advocates Meet With Mayor Warren

Sep 23, 2015

Moms Demand Action organizers Shannon Watts and Janina Bandi with Mayor Lovely Warren
Credit Moms Demand Action

After the Genesee Street Shooting, Mayor Lovely Warren announced she would be working with other New York Mayors to end gun violence.

On Tuesday the Mayor met with one advocacy group, Moms Demand Action, which formed in response to the Sandy Hook Shooting in 2012.

Janina Bandi is an organizer. She says local politicians have a lot of power to address gun violence.

"Mayors have an incredibly important stand in their communities. They know their communities better than anybody else and if they come together and talk about and find solutions and implement them, they can have an incredibly high impact on this issue."

Moms Demand Action is a national organization with one chapter in New York City. Bandi says they are looking to expand to Rochester because she thinks the city is primed for the movement.

"There is a lot of passion, a lot of good ideas, a lot of questions, a lot of people who want to do something but because this is such a huge issue we need to give people directions."

Bandi says there is power in grassroots organizations like hers to make legislative changes. She says the group focuses on lobbying for legislation like closing loopholes in background checks.