Torres and gun violence victims and families urge congressional action


With recent mass shootings in Atlanta and Colorado, lawmakers are fed up and want change. Among those is Congressman Ritchie Torres who wants gun violence declared a public health emergency.

On Tuesday, Torres, vice chair of the House’s Homeland Security Committee, was joined by Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, Council Candidate Pierina Sanchez, the families of victims of gun violence, gun reform advocates and Bronx residents as they called for immediate Congressional action on life-saving legislation to prevent mass-shootings and require background checks for firearm purchases.