MT leaders have played a key role Metro IAF’s Do Not Stand Idly By (DNSIB) campaign for gun safety. DNSIB’s purpose is to encourage public officials and others to use their purchasing power, pension fund investments and other financial leverage to encourage gun companies to behave more responsibly.
The most important steps gun companies can take is to invest in smart gun technology and cut off the small number of irresponsible dealers who sell most crime guns. MT and Metro IAF have successfully worked with public officials including President Obama, US Senator Charles Schumer, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Congressman Hakeem Jefferies to support this plan.
We are working to build on this momentum and convince the Mayor of New York, and other public and private actors to use their financial power to help make us all safer.
Further, teams of leaders are organizing to help and push police to address their areas of concern with regard to crime and safety in their communities. We have had productive meetings with NYPD commanding officers in Upper Manhattan. They have started to take action against dangerous criminal activity in subway stations, playground and other areas our members identified. However, much more remains to be done.
Leaders from Manhattan Together and other Metro IAF organizations joining Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Comptroller Scott Stringer to call on Mayor De Blasio to join President Obama to push for gun safety, January 2016.
Manhattan Together and Other Metro IAF leaders with Senator Charles Schumer at Town and Village Synagogue, calling on the Federal Government to use its buying power to promote gun safety in October of 2015. (Photo courtesy of The Daily News)