“I’m bringing together a diverse panel of students, educators, members of law enforcement, public officials, and inviting all community members to share their perspectives,” Ryan said. “Our hope is to form a coalition of concerned citizens dedicated to addressing gun violence.”
KINGSTON, N.Y. >> Pat Ryan, one of seven Democrats seeking the party’s nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. John Faso in the fall, will host a town hall event Tuesday on preventing gun violence.
“As a combat veteran and son of a public school teacher, gun violence prevention is deeply personal to me,” Ryan said in a press release Wednesday. “I’ve been outspoken on this issue and recently published an opinion piece advocating for a comprehensive set of common-sense solutions to our nation’s gun violence problem.”
The Town Hall event will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the second-floor community room of the Kingston Library, 55 Franklin St. A five-member panel will participate, including Common Council Majority Leader Reynolds Scott-Childress, D-Ward 3, and Juan Figueroa, a retired state trooper who plans to challenge Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum for the Democratic nomination for sheriff in the Nov. 6 election.
Ryan, who lives in Gardiner, said the community is ready for a change and needs its leaders to stand up. Ryan said he has also invited Faso to attend.
“After the horrific attack in Parkland, Florida, just a few weeks ago and the nationwide March for Our lives last weekend, the students of Parkland and the Town Hall Project have called for community events in every congressional district across the nation,” Ryan said. “Rep. Faso says that he cares about preventing gun violence, yet we haven’t heard of any plans from him to hold a town hall.”
…Ryan has said he supports banning assault weapons and instituting universal background checks. He said he supports banning bump stocks and high-capacity magazines, as well as preventing straw purchases and closing gun-show loopholes.
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