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June ‘Gun Violence Awareness Month’

Rochester Mayor Thomas S. Richards has proclaimed the month of June as “Gun Violence Awareness Month” in Rochester as part of a statewide effort to bring needed attention to the destructive costs of gun violence.

“I am proud to join other New York communities and state leaders to shine a spotlight on the horrors of gun violence,” Richards said. “Illegal guns have plagued our streets for far too long and they have contributed to the deaths of too many lives full of promise. Anything we can do to end this pain and suffering is a valuable and worthwhile undertaking.”

The statewide campaign is being led by Assemblyman Karim Camara, D-Brooklyn, and Sen. Ruth Hassel-Thompson, D-Mt. Vernon. June was selected because gun violence typically peaks in the summer months.

It is anticipated that “Gun Violence Awareness Month” will evolve into an annual event and include special programming throughout the month. Visit to read Richards’ Proclamation.