2009-11-27 / Letters

MAG Have Not Forgotten

Dear Editor,

A "Mothers Against Guns" member just emailed me regarding the article "East End Matters" in the November 6 issue, by Miriam Rosenberg, and it definitely deserves a response.

To Ms. Rosenberg:

How dare you compare me with others that you imply have forgotten the victims and families of gun violence on the 'East End.' Neither the east, west, south or north end of anywhere has been, or ever will be forgotten by myself or anyone associated with "Mothers Against Guns, Inc." To write such a negative statement is evidence that you have not done your research.

MAG is there when others, including you, Rosenberg, are not there to offer comfort, and support to the victims and families of rape, domestic violence, gang violence and gun violence. We don't broadcast our presence or seek media attention because that is not our focus. We are more concerned about the victims, families and friends whose lives have been impacted by these horrendous acts. We have visited hospitals, and supported more families, attended more funerals of victims of violence (rape, domestic violence, gang violence, gun violence) in Far Rockaway, and throughout the country than you have, or ever can write an article about. Our condolen - ces and support are genuine and private, and we have no need to make them public.

The 'Johnny come lately's' that are grandstanding for political and/or personal gain are the ones you should focus your attention on, not the grassroots organizations that are desperately trying to "prevent" these illegal activities in their communities, and this country. You should be so asham - ed! We are very proud of MAG's ac - com plishments during the past 15 years. We proposed the "Bul let" legislation (Intro 144-A) that was sponsored by Councilman James San ders, Jr., and signed by Mayor Bloom berg in 2005. Intro 144-A places re stric - tions on the purchase of ammunition. Do your research. We are awaiting the passage of the legislation in the New York State Assembly, and the New York State Senate. We are hopeful the legislation will soon become a national bill, and hopefully you will join us. Apparently, we were an inspiration to Mayor Bloomberg when he attended our "11th Year Anniversary' in 2005, and a year later he formed a group called "Mayors Against Illegal Guns." Forget the "I", their mission is the same as ours, stopping gun violence - whether it's legal guns, or illegal guns that are used to commit an act of gun violence. Do your research!

MAG has held many public candlelight vigils, mock funerals, youth forum events, and rallies against violence, and invited others to attend - including those from the 'East End of Rockaway.' Many times there are only a handful of supporters, but that does not deter us. Though you may not understand, we do. For many it is too painful, and for others it's just a media grabbing event, or photo opportunity. MAG is above that. We are real, and we feel the pain, we live it daily.

Rosenberg, stop the negativity. If you want to know what we are doing, all you have to do is ask.
LIZ BISHOP-GOLDSMITH
President, Mothers
Against Guns, Inc

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