Cancel the gun show scheduled for January 11, 12 and 13, 2013
  • Petitioning The Board of Directors of the Saratoga Springs City Center

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The Board of Directors of the Saratoga Springs City Center

Cancel the gun show scheduled for January 11, 12 and 13, 2013

    1. Susan Steer
    2. Petition by

      Susan Steer

      Saratoga Springs, NY

As members of the local community, we are urging you to please cancel the gun show scheduled for January 11, 12 and 13, 2013 at the City Center. The residents of this community are still shocked and horrified about the shooting and killing of 26 young children and adults that occurred just last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our feelings are still raw. This shooting is especially frightening given the fact that in the past year, a local man threatened to torture and kill elementary age school children at a school here in Saratoga County. The thought of allowing NEACA to hold a gun show at the city center just a few weeks after the shooting where a person could purchase military style, semi-automatic weapons, shocks our conscience and shows a lack of sensitivity to the residents of Newtown who are still deeply mourning the loss of their loved ones. While it may come at a financial cost, out of respect for those young children and adults who died and for those who lost loved ones, we urge you to incur that cost and cancel the gun show. Since the shooting, three gun shows have thus far been cancelled in Danbury, Ct., and Poughkeepsie and Suffern, NY. We urge you to do the same. Please give our community some time to take a breath and have a conversation about whether we want to be a community that will support an event where these types of guns may be sold. Thank you.

To:
The Board of Directors of the Saratoga Springs City Center
Cancel the gun show scheduled for January 11, 12 and 13, 2013

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      Make the change you want to see!

      A violent ex-tenant used his firearm against his girlfriend to make her afraid!

      Facts about violence and gun violence:

      The presence of a firearm in a home with domestic violence can transform an argument into homicide in a fraction of a second. Firearms and domestic violence are a lethal combination, for example injuring and killing women,children and bystanders every day in the United States.

      In one study of 25 high income countries, the United States represented just 32% of the female population but accounted for 84%of all female firearm homicides.

      A gun is the weapon most commonly used in domestic homicides. In fact, more than six times as many women are murdered by guns used by their current or former intimate partners than are killed by male strangers’ guns, knives or other weapons combined.

      332,014 people died from guns between 2000 and 2010 in the U.S.. That number is greater than the populations of U.S. cities such as St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.

      31,328 people died from gun violence in 2010, or roughly 1 every 17 minutes.

      A gun in the home makes homicide three times more likely, suicide up to five times as likely, and accidental death four times higher than in nongun owning homes.

      Access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner homicide more than five times than in instances where there are no weapons, according to a recent study. In addition, abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse on their partners.

      Over 40 percent of guns sold in the U.S. are done so without a background check.

      Gun Violence & Women

      94% of female murder victims killed by men are killed by a man they

      knew. In other words, females are 16 times as likely to be killed by a male acquaintance than by a male stranger. In 2010, 1,017 women, almost three a day, were killed by their intimate partners.

      In 2010, 52 percent of female homicide victims killed by men were shot and killed with a gun. Female intimate partners are more likely to be murdered with a firearm than all other means combined.

      Women suffering from domestic violence are eight times more likely to be killed if there are firearms in the home.

      The Facts on Women, Children and Gun Violence

      Handguns are more likely than rifles or shotguns to be used in homicides in which men kill women. In 2010, handguns were used in 70 percent of cases where

      men used firearms to kill women.

      In 1998, for every one woman who used a handgun to kill an intimate acquaintance in self defense, 83 women were murdered by an intimate acquaintance using a handgun.

      Access to firearms increases risk of intimate partner femicide more than five times

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      Gun Violence & Children

      2694 children and teens died from guns in 2010. That’s a roughly equivalent to a

      Newtown massacre every three days.

      Between 1979 and 2010, more children and teens died from guns (119,079) than U.S. soldiers in the wars in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan combined.

      In a study of 23 high income nations, 87 percent of children under age 15 killed by guns lived in the United States. The same study found that the gun homicide rate for teens and young adults in the U.S. ages 15-24 was 42.7 higher than in the other high income countries combined

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      More than half of youth who commit suicide with a gun do so with one obtained from

      their home and more often than not, the gun belonged to a parent.

      In 2009 more 15-19 year olds died from gun violence than any other cause except

      motor vehicles.

      In 2010, 82 U.S. children under the age of five died from guns.

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    • Audrey Woliner BALLSTON LAKE, NY
      • 11 months ago

      I am 100% behing changing the gun laws in this country. I am a teacher and I will never forget the Sandy Hook tragedy.

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    • Renee Moore SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I am proposing the end to gun ownership and sales to the public (period).

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      • almost 2 years ago

      We love Saratoga Springs, and the people who live and pass through there. Choose life!

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    • Joyce Cole GANSEVOORT, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      No gun shows to sell weapongs that kill.

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