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Governor’s Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence

By Catherine Yang
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 19, 2012 Last Updated: December 26, 2012
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Snow covers a sculpture of a gun with a twisted barrel on the grounds of the United Nations last year in New York. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Snow covers a sculpture of a gun with a twisted barrel on the grounds of the United Nations last year in New York. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK—Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a $2 million initiative on Saturday to create community-specific, anti-gun violence strategies with a targeted ad campaign, toll-free tip line, and intervention programs.

“Although the crime rate in New York state has dropped 60 percent, making it the safest large state in the country, we must do all we can to stop the violence and make sure our residents are protected and our streets are safe,” Cuomo said.

Half of the initiative funds will be granted to communities most affected by gun violence—Newburgh, Albany, Schenectady, Brownsville, the Bronx, and Manhattan—to create strategies with the help of prominent academics to implement them.

The governor had previously awarded SNUG (which gets its name from the word “guns” backward) with funds and found that the “violence interrupters,” or peers and often ex-offenders who try to mediate potential disputes, have been successful in lowering violence. Similar community-based programs will continue to be funded and SNUG program managers will be submitting their results by the end of the fiscal year.


A toll-free gun tip hotline is also being launched, where individuals can call 1-855-GUNS-NYS to provide information on illegal guns.

 



  • Janet Sipe

    If you really want to solve the problem then Stop the following;

    Big oil polluting water supply with chemicals that have long term damaging affects.
    Fluoridation and other deadly chemicals routinely put in our water supply.
    The spraying of aluminum and other deadly chemicals in our atmosphere.
    GMO – Genetically Manufactured Organisms – in farming and food supply.
    The spraying of pesticide.
    The experimental use of new technologies like HAARP on the American populous.
    The over use of drugs from what is laughingly called health care.
    Stop the drug pushers from drugging our children. Our children are being murdered, we need to come together and stop the insanity!


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