Binghamton Calls For Federal Background Checks
BINGHAMTON---(WENY) Binghamton city leaders, families of shooting victims and others gathered in the city today to call on Congress to support expanded background checks on gun sales. The American Civic Association in Binghamton was the site of a mass shooting in April 2009 where 13 people were killed, and four others wounded.
Today, Mayor Matt Ryan and others gathered as part of a stop on a 25 state bus tour, calling for members of Congress in New York to support comprehensive background checks. They also honored the victims, survivors and those affected by the 2009 massacre.
Mayor Ryan says this country has seen too much gun violence, and more needs to be done.
"Sure, we have great gun laws here in New York state, but right across the border in Pennsylvania, people are treated a little different," he said.
Georgia Lerner, the daughter of an ACA victim says, "It was pretty devastating, it was really the worst thing that has ever happened to our family. My father died suddenly, but my mothers death was really tragic, it was horrible, it was really indescribably horrible." She went on to say, "The other thing that I've noticed is that when I tell people how my mother died, it's almost like it's not even a big deal because it's becoming more and more common that someone knows someone who was killed by gun violence."