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File #: Res 0120-2014    Version: * Name: Develop and implement a comprehensive interdisciplinary response to gun violence.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Public Safety
On agenda: 3/12/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the Mayor to direct the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services to develop and implement a comprehensive interdisciplinary response to gun violence.
Sponsors: Jumaane D. Williams, Margaret S. Chin, Corey D. Johnson, Mark Levine, Ritchie J. Torres, Helen K. Rosenthal, Rosie Mendez
Council Member Sponsors: 7
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2017*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/12/2014*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/12/2014*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 120
 
 
Resolution calling upon the Mayor to direct the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services to develop and implement a comprehensive interdisciplinary response to gun violence.  
 
 
By Council Members Williams, Chin, Johnson, Levine, Torres, Rosenthal and Mendez
Whereas, According to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, on average, 32 Americans were murdered with guns every day and 140 were treated for gun assault in an emergency room on average from 2008 to 2011; and
Whereas, In New York City in particular, 57 percent of all murders in 2012 were attributed to gun violence; and
Whereas, Moreover, there were nearly 1,374 shooting incidents, where a person was injured either fatally or non-fatally, in New York City in 2012; and
Whereas, David Hemenway, Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Director of Harvard's Injury Control Research Center and Youth Prevention Center, has stated that the mission of public health is the attainment of positive physical, mental and social well-being; and
Whereas, Recent research conducted by urbanologist Richard Florida suggests that while stringent gun control laws reduce gun violence, these laws do not address poverty, which is a major indicator of high gun violence rates; and
Whereas, In New York City, gun violence is a problem that disproportionately impacts certain neighborhoods and populations; and
Whereas, For example, approximately half of all shooting incidents in 2012 occurred in only 10 of the City's 76 police precincts; and
Whereas, These precincts are located in the City's most economically distressed communities; and
Whereas, There is a direct correlation between social economic status and health outcomes; and
Whereas, Infant mortality, obesity and diabetes are disproportionately high in the precincts where the highest concentration of shooting incidents in 2012 occurred; and
Whereas, In 2010, gunshot wounds and deaths, along with court proceedings and hospitalizations paid for by government health programs, cost American tax payers at least $12 billion, according to the Detroit Free Press; and
Whereas, It is therefore necessary for the City of New York to undertake a comprehensive gun violence prevention plan in order to reduce, the physical, mental and emotional cost of gun violence, as well as the cost of caring for victims of gun violence which is often passed on to tax payers; now, therefore, be it
          Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York  calls upon the Mayor to direct the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services to develop and implement a comprehensive interdisciplinary response to gun violence.  
 
PD 3/4/14
Res. No. 1812/2013
LS#169/2014