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Area lawmaker speaks to youths about gun violence prevention

The "Make Progress National Summit" in Washington DC held Wednesday for young people featured an address from U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.  He talked about what they can do to reduce gun violence saying there seems to be a growing indifference to incidences in schools and at colleges and universities.


He said patience is not an easy thing to preach when his colleagues want immediate returns on political action.


Murphy says increasing support for gun violence prevention measures could take decades, the same way it took decades for the NRA to build it's massive support system.  He questioned whether member of Congress who opposed background check legislation will be able to hold on to their seats when 90-percent of Americans support the measure


Murphy says the average age of a victim of gun violence is 19, followed by 18, 16 and 17.


The Summit brings together hundreds of progressive leaders and young people from around the country to discuss ways they can make a difference now in moving our communities and the country forward.  Other featured speakers included Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

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