Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou Statement Supporting Student Walk Out Opposing Gun Violence
Albany, NY – Today, the New York State Assembly paused and walked out during session proceedings in solidarity with students participating in the #ENOUGH National School Walkout. Across the nation, students walked out in remembrance of the students who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman High Douglas High School and to pressure Congress to pass gun control legislation. In response, Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou released the following statement:
“For 17 minutes today, as students across our country walked out of their classrooms, we did the same to solemnly remember and honor the lives of the 17 students whose lives were lost when a gunman opened fire on their campus just over a month ago. Since this tragedy, these young students have stepped up to demand that their voices be heard. As students poured out of schools and classrooms in waves, some of them even chanting ‘enough is enough,’ we can see just how many young people feel affected by the long list of gun violence incidents. School should be a safe place. Parents should not be afraid to see their kids off to school, and it shouldn’t be commonplace for students to practice lockdown drills.
"In the Assembly, we have passed legislation aimed at preventing guns from falling into the wrong hands. It’s time for the State Senate to join us in passing these measures. Our students and our children are our future – and today, they rose up and walked out to tell us that they’ve had enough of this senseless gun violence and that they will not live in a constant state of fear.”