NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The massacre in Newtown, Conn., has some big-time former local athletes speaking out about keeping children safe.

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Twenty young students and six teachers and staff were murdered on Friday when 20-year-old Adam Lanza opened fire at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

There’s never been a more important time to make children feel safe and happy, says former baseball star Cecil Fielder.

“We all want to protect children. That’s what we do as parents, as grandparents. We want to make sure those kids are safe.”

Fielder, who played for the New York Yankees, and Dwight Gooden, who played for both the Yankees and Mets, were on Long Island for the Chris Canty Foundation, delivering toys to children affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Both called on sports figures to speak out against gun violence.

“If we can get involved with making a change and protecting our youngest ones, I think we should take part,” said Gooden.

Fielder believes the tragedy in Newtown will unite all Americans for the cause — and for good reason.

“You know, that could’ve been my kid, and I think we all can relate to that,” he said.

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