Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer Stands with the Youth of California to Say “Enough is Enough” to Gun Violence

Thursday, May 17, 2018

(Sacramento) - Today Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr. in partnership with, Improve Your Tomorrow, Women’s March Sacramento, Youth Alive, and the Brady Campaign stood beside California’s youth who are saying “enough is enough” to gun violence.

“Our children have watched in horror as mass shootings have become common on our campuses and in our communities,” said Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer.  “Every young life lost is one too many. Young people need to be heard as they are our best future messengers.”

While mass shootings have driven headlines, communities of color suffer the most from firearm related violence. Researchers have noted that reducing these deaths requires a comprehensive public safety approach.

Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. represents South Los Angeles, Florence-Firestone, Walnut Park, and a portion of Huntington Park.

For more information about Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer, Sr., please visit https://a59.asmdc.org/

Below are links to audio of Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer and the news conference/rally:

Opening remarks from Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer. (2:03)

Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer says he’s proud to have the voices of youth reminding lawmakers there’s more work to do when it comes to gun violence. (:11)

Assemblymember Jones Sawyer says the numbers show adults have not done enough to end gun violence. (:14)

Remarks from Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) at today’s gun violence rally/news conference. (2:00)

Anahi Ballesteros, a Junior at Franklin High School in Stockton, CA. recounts her experience with gun violence at her school. (:18)

Entire news conference including remarks from: Anahi Ballesteros – Stockton Speaks (Stockton, CA Junior at Franklin High School); Kevin Decker – Improve Your Tomorrow (Sacramento, CA Senior at Luther Burbank High School; Brittney Desselle - CIVITAS Program (Sacramento, CA Senior at Rio Americano High School; Dymond Garrett - Youth ALIVE (Oakland, CA Sophomore at  Castlemont High School); Aldwin  Rodriguez – President for Improve Your Tomorrow (Sacramento, CA Junior at Valley High School); Audrey Tachiera - CIVITAS Program (Sacramento, CA Senior at Rio Americano High School); Takayla Johnson – Focus on Family (South Sacramento, CA South Sacramento Charter High School) (22:01)