STUDENT WALKOUT TOMORROW

March 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams will hold a gun control rally to coincide with the national school walkout planned by students demanding gun control.  He’s here with a purpose and a preview. He’s here with a preview of the protest and to explain why he is standing in solidarity with students, parents and teachers to end this violence.

Aired on March 13, 2018. 

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>>> GUN CONTROL IS ONCE AGAIN
THE SUBJECT OF HOT DEBATE.
AND THIS TIME THE KIDS AREN'T
GOING TO TAKE IT SITTING DOWN.
ON MARCH 14, STUDENTS ACROSS THE
NATION ARE PLANNING A 17-MINUTE
WALKOUT.
THEIR WALKOUT IS IN SPITE OF
LEGISLATION PASSED JUST DAYS AGO
IN ALBANY THAT TIGHTENS THE
STATES CONTROL OVER GUNS,
INCLUDING THE NOW INFAMOUS BUMP
STOCKS.
BUT AS GOVERNOR CUOMO HAS
REPEATEDLY SAID, THIS IS A
FEDERAL ISSUE, AND HE CAN'T STOP
GUNS FROM COMING IN FROM OUT OF
STATE.
SO THE WALKOUT CONTINUES AS
PLANNED.
IT'S HOW OUR NATION'S KIDS ARE
RESPONDING TO THE PARKLAND,
FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING THAT
TOOK THE LIVES OF 17 LESS THAN
ONE MONTH AGO.
IN SUPPORT OF THE STUDENT AND
THEIR PROTEST, BROOKLYN BOROUGH
PRESIDENT WILL HOLD A RALLY ON
THE SAME DAY.
ADAMS HOPES TO GUIDE THESE YOUNG
LEADERS TO VICTORIES AND HE
JOINS ME NOW ON THE PROGRAM.
WELCOME BOROUGH PRESIDENT ERIC
ADAMS.
>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.
IT'S GOOD TO SPEAK WITH YOU ON
THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC.
>> SO FIRST TELL ME A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT THIS RALLY FOR GUN CONTROL
THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE HAVING
ON THE SAME DAY AS THE WALKOUT?
>> IT'S NOT MY RALLY AS MUCH AS
THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE
DECIDED TO, YOU KNOW, REALLY
ENGAGE IN CHANGE.
AND I HAD AN EMERGENCY MEETING
WITH YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THE
CITY OF BROOKLYN AND NEW YORK.
AND YOUNG PEOPLE CAME OUT AND
SAID THIS WAS SOMETHING THEY
WANTED TO DO AND WE'RE GOING TO
GIVE THEM THE SUPPORT.
I THINK IT'S SO IMPORTANT RIGHT
NOW TO ALLOW THEIR ANGER AND
FRUSTRATION NOT TO DISSIPATE
BECAUSE OF THE FRUSTRATION OF
ABROGATING THE BUREAUCRACY, BUT
USE THE SADULTS WHO HAVE BEEN I
THE SYSTEM TO SHOW THEM HOW TO
DO THIS IN AN EMPOWERING WAY.
>> THESE AREN'T NECESSARILY
LESSONS THAT CAN BE LEARNED AT
ONE RALLY, ON ONE DAY.
>> SO TRUE AND I'M GLAD YOU USED
THE TERM LESSONS.
SOME PEOPLE ARE SAYING THEY'RE
WALKING OUT OF SCHOOL, AND I SAY
THEY'RE WALKING INTO SCHOOL.
BECAUSE SCHOOL IS NOT JUST WHAT
MAKES PLACE IN A STERILIZED
ENVIRONMENT OF FOUR WALLS OF THE
SCHOOL BUILDING, IT'S ABOUT
THEIR INTERACTION IN LIFE.
WE HAVE MOVED AWAY FROM CIVIC
EDUCATION AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
ON HOW TO INFLUENCE ISSUES THAT
AFFECT THEM DIRECTLY.
WE WANT TO SHOW YOUNG PEOPLE HOW
TO JOIN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY
BOARDS, HOW TO RUN FOR OFFICE,
HOW TO GET A BILL PASSED, WHO IS
A LOBBYIST, AND WHAT DOES A
LOBBYIST DO.
HOW TO GET MONEY OUT OF
POLITICS.
WE'RE GOING TO ALLOW THEM TO
TAKE A GUN ISSUE AND SHOW THEM
HOW THEY CAN EMPOWER THEMSELVES
WITH ISSUES THAT IMPACT THEM
TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE.
>> YOU AS A POLITICIAN
REPRESENTING OF COURSE THE GREAT
BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN ARE A
DEMOCRAT AND NEW YORK IS
CONSIDERED TO BE A VERY LIBERAL
CITY.
MEANWHILE, A LOT OF THE KIDS
FROM PARKLAND HAVE SAID THIS
ISN'T A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN
ISSUE.
YOU SAID THIS WILL BE A RALLY
FOR THE STUDENTS, BUT THE FACT
THAT YOU'RE SO INVOLVED, ARE YOU
CONCERNED THAT SOMEBODY MIGHT
PAINT THIS AS THIS IS JUST THE
DEMOCRATS TRYING TO JUMP ON A
BANDWAGON?
>> I'M A BELIEVER IN OWNING
HANDGUNS IN A RESPONSIBLE
FASHION, I'M A FORMER MEMBER OF
THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE
DEPARTMENT, I KNOW WHAT IT IS TO
BE ALLOWED TO CARRY A FIREARM
AND WHAT IT MEANS TO THE
AMERICAN TRADITION AND SPIRIT.
AND I WOULD NEVER SIDE WITH
ANYONE WHO WANTS TO TAKE THAT
AWAY.
IT'S ABOUT THE IRRESPONSIBLE
BEHAVIOR OF RECREATIONAL USE OF
GUNS.
YOU DON'T NEED AN AK-47 TO DO
HUNTING.
AND THAT IS WHAT THIS IS ABOUT.
HOW DO WE ENSURE THE RIGHT TO
BEAR ARMS IN A RESPONSIBLE
FASHION.
AND AS A PERSON WHO OWNS A
HANDGUN, I KNOW I WOULD LIKE TO
CONTINUE TO SEE THAT HAPPEN.
>> AS SOMEONE REPRESENTING
BROOKLYN, UNFORTUNATELY, GUN
VIOLENCE IS NOT NEW TO THE
BOROUGH, AND YET THIS ISSUE HAS
NOW BECOME SUCH A NATIONAL
CONVERSATION AND HAS GAINED SO
MUCH MOTIVATION, BECAUSE THESE
KIDS FROM A MORE SUBURBAN
COMMUNITY HAS MANAGED TO TAKE IT
TO THE NATIONAL STAGE.
IS THERE ANY CONCERN OR WORRY
THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE THAT THE GUN
VIOLENCE THAT PLAGUES SO MANY
BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES
ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, MIGHT GET
LOST IN THIS PARTICULAR GUN
DEBATE?
>> AS I SPOKE TO A GROUP OF
BLACK AND HISPANIC LAWMAKERS AND
I TOLD THEM BASICALLY WHAT YOU
ARE PUSHING FOR AND WHAT YOU ARE
ADVOCATING FOR IS NOT GOING TO
IMPACT THE COMMUNITIES THAT YOU
REPRESENT. THAT MANY OF MY COLL
VOTED ON AND I SHARED WITH THEM
THAT IN THE PURR BEGAN SYSTEMS,
WE ARE NOT FIGHTING AGAINST
AK-47s AND SUB MACHINE GUNS AND
AUTOMATIC WEAPONS.
IT IS THE -- OR SEMI-AUTOMATICS,
THE 9 MILLIMETERS OR .48s.
WE HAVE SHOOT INGS EVERY DAY.
IF MASS SHOOTINGS INJURE MORE
PEOPLE, THEN WE HAVE MORE
SHOOTINGS TAKING PLACE IN THE
URBAN CENTERS ACROSS THE
COUNTRY, SO WE HAVE TO BE
CAREFUL TO SHAPE THIS ABOUT
HAVING A GUN REFORM THAT
ADDRESSES JUST THE AUTOMATIC
WEAPONS AND THE LARGE GUNS AND
RIFLES, IT NEEDS TO BE SOMETHING
WE ADDRESS WITH FIREARM FINANCE
ALL TOGETHER.
AND ANY REFORM OR LEGISLATION
MUST ADDRESS THE TOTALITY, BUT
WITH THIS ISSUE, IT'S REALLY
BROKEN INTO TWO SECTIONS, IT'S
BROKEN INTO THE SUBURBAN AND THE
URBAN IMPACT.
RIGHT NOW THE COUNTRY IS
RESPONDING TO THE SUBURBAN
IMPACT.
IT HAS IGNORED THE URBAN IMPACT.
>> LISTEN, BOROUGH PRESIDENT
ERIC ADAMS, WE'LL DEFINITELY BE
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT
COMES OUT OF THE RALLY AND WE
HOPE TO FOLLOW THIS STORY WITH
YOU.
>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AND
AGAIN, IT'S MARCH 14 IN
BROOKLYN, IT'S NOT A BROOKLYN
RALLY FROM 2:00 TO 5:00, IT'S A
RALLY FOR EVERYBODY IN THE
TRI-STATE AREA TO COME OUT AND
JOIN.
>> SO EVERYBODY SHOULD MAKE IT
OUT TO PROSPECT PARK ON MARCH
14.
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR JOINING US.
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