WASHINGTON (NEWS10) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on the U.S. Senate to include funding for gun violence prevention and support services in the next coronavirus relief package.
The stay-at-home orders have led to an increase in truancy among youth due to school closures, unemployment, and housing and food insecurity — factors that have increased community gun violence.
Sen. Gillibrand is asking for $250 million to help support community-based violence intervention programs.
“The coronavirus outbreak has only amplified the gun violence epidemic in our country and it’s time we implement common sense solutions to a problem that affects communities across the country. I will continue fighting to keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence as we fight this pandemic.”Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
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