Mayor Lovely A. Warren and Councilmember Willie Lightfoot Announce #ThinkAbout It Campaign to Eradicate Gun Violence
Mayor Lovely A. Warren and Willie J. Lightfoot, Rochester Councilmember and Chair of the Public Safety Youth and Recreation Committee, last week announced the new #ThinkAboutIt campaign to educate the community about the devastating and long-lasting impacts of gun violence in the city. “Gun violence has traumatized our community and destroyed lives and families for far too long,” Mayor Warren said. “We know that, as City leaders, we cannot legislate morality, but we can bring the community together. We can unite our voices to say enough is enough. “I want to thank Mayor Warren for this opportunity to address the issue of gun violence in our community,” said Councilmember Lightfoot. “As a member of the City Council, I want to draw more awareness to an issue that is causing so much pain and suffering for my fellow citizens – realizing that we are not going to fix this problem with more legislation. We need to foster a dialogue on gun violence, and begin thinking about the very real consequences of the split-second decision to shoot another human being, harming another human life… and that’s what we hope to accomplish with this campaign.” The #ThinkAboutIt campaign will be spearheaded by the ROC Against Violence Coalition, a group of community partners and stakeholders dedicated to the cause. Lightfoot formed the coalition last month.The campaign encourages the Rochester community to take a second and think about the inhumane, irreversible, and painful reality of gun violence. Focused on both the causes and impacts of gun violence, this campaign strives to institute ways to combat this issue head on. Anyone looking to find other alternatives to gun violence wanting to be a part of this campaign, and/or coalition, can call Councilmember Lightfoot’s office – (585) 428-6554, the Rochester City Council Office – (585) 428-7538 or email Councilman Lightfoot’s Legislative Aide Andre Gulley at firstname.lastname@example.org.