MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Advocates and parents who lost their children to shootings gathered in Mineola on Friday ahead of Gun Violence Survivors’ Week.
The somber milestone begins Monday.READ MORE: New York State Legislature Votes To Curb Gov. Cuomo's Emergency Powers
Gun violence is the leading cause of death for children and teenagers in the United States.
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“Words are really important. People always say that we need gun control. We don’t want to control. We need gun safety,” said Linda Beigel Schulman, mother of Parkland shooting victim Scott Beigel.
“Violence affects the whole community. It doesn’t just affect the family,” said Stephanie Draine, who lost her son to gun violence.
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