A group of gun violence survivors joined lawmakers in Manhattan Wednesday to call out Congress for laying down to the NRA.
The “sit-in” at Carl Schurz Park on E. 86th St. was led by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) who demanded that House Speaker Paul Ryan hold a vote on legislation aimed at tightening background checks and preventing terror suspects from buying guns.
“We are here to say, enough is enough! Enough moments of silence,” Maloney told her supporters. “We've had 11 moments of silences on the floor of Congress. Yet no votes against gun violence. We want real action. We want votes.”
“Enough of the gun lobby telling us that only more guns will stop the bloodshed,” Maloney added.
Kim Russell, 47, said she fears that the man who shot her in the head in Atlanta 17 years ago will be able to buy a gun when he leaves prison in a few years.
The event, one of dozens of similar demonstrations held across the country, came a week after Democrats staged a 25-hour sit-in on the House floor to protest congressional inaction on gun violence.
Marie Delus, a 48-year-old ex-Marine, said she supports the Second Amendment and stiffer gun regulations to prevent senseless killings like that of her 19-year-old nephew who was gunned down in Queens in 2008.
“The reason I lost (him) is because there is no gun safety regulation in the United States of America. We need Congress to stop being scared, to stop being intimidated by the National Rifle Association and to come together with the 90% of Americans who want (gun) safety in this world. It needs to stop.”