“The pandemic is changing crime patterns before our eyes,” said PAGV co-founder and co-chair, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. “Around the country, there’s been a surge in gun purchases and concern about unreported, or under-reported, crimes committed at home.”
“Gun buyback events are impactful tools for crime prevention and community building, especially in times of increased gun violence in our City,” said District Attorney Vance.
“Alongside our partners in the NYPD, we are committed to protecting our neighbors in Washington Heights and Inwood, and will do everything in our power to stop the violence that continues to harm those communities, even as crime continues to fall across Manhattan.”
“Gun violence in America is a national emergency. Every day the Senate puts off this debate is a day when someone in America will needlessly lose their life to firearms. That’s why prosecutors, charged with protecting public safety, urge the Senate to take action now.”
“Our nation’s children are growing up today in an America where mass shootings in our schools, houses of worship, workplaces and entertainment venues are common place—this cannot be.”