"Do not use while bathing"
   - On an electric hair dryer.

"Do not put any person in this washer."
   - On a washing machine.

"Never use while sleeping."
   - On a hair flattening iron.


"Warning: Do not place hands or feet near or under moving parts."
     - On a lawnmower.

"Caution: This beverage is extremely hot."
     - On a coffee cup.

"Never use a lit match or open flame to check fuel level."
     - On a gasoline tank.

"Do not use for personal hygiene."
     - On a toilet brush.

"Harmful if swallowed."
     - On a package of rat poison
It’s a matter of common sense...

"We must do everything we can to protect our families and make sure guns don’t find their way into the hands of kids or criminals. This legislation is a sure step toward preventing unnecessary and tragic accidents caused by guns."
-Assemblywoman Arroyo

The war in our backyards

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Education Association Health Information Network:

  • In 2004 alone, the gun-related death toll for children and teens in the United States was 2,825 - this is more than the total number of U.S. service men and women killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 to December 2006.

  • In the U.S. in 2004, 58 preschoolers were killed by firearms, while 57 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty.

  • American kids are 16 times more likely to be murdered with a gun and 9 times more likely to die from a firearm accident than children in 25 other industrialized countries combined.

The high price of having guns on our streets

The CDC and the Children’s Defense Fund also tell us that:

  • It doesn’t matter whether you live in an urban, suburban, or rural environment - gun violence is a major public health problem throughout the U.S. Eighty people a day - 2,400 people a month - are killed by guns. Approximately 235 of these are children under the age of 20.

  • In one year more children and teens in the U.S. die from gun-related injuries than from cancer, pneumonia, influenza, asthma, and HIV/AIDS combined. Since 1979, guns have taken the lives of more than 101,500 American children and teens - and the number continues to grow every day.

  • For every one of these gun-related deaths there are between 4 and 5 nonfatal injuries. In a single year, these injuries add up to $2.3 billion in lifetime medical costs - about half of which is borne by taxpayers.

Keeping guns out of the wrong hands

Assemblywoman Arroyo recognizes the seriousness of this problem and supported a package of bills designed to better protect our families from gun violence. That is why she fought for legislation that:

  • creates new crimes for failing to securely store weapons (A.76);

  • requires the commissioner of education to develop a weapons-safety program for schoolchildren (A.76);

  • cracks down on the sale, delivery or transfer of firearms that do not have a childproofing mechanism (A.829);

  • requires judges issuing orders of protection to inquire about the ownership of a firearmby the defendant (A.1497); and

  • requires that guns are kept, transported and displayed in a secure manner (A.6525).

Cracking down on illegal gun sales

The package also (A.6525):

  • requires gun dealers to cooperate with law enforcement officers tracking illegal guns;

  • restricts sales to licensed premises;

  • requires gun dealers to keep records of sales;

  • ensures that employees selling guns are at least 21 years old and trained;

  • requires liability insurance of at least $1 million; and

  • sets penalties for gun dealers who fail to abide by the rules.

Taking the deadliest weapons off the streets

This important legislation also takes measures to ban "cop killer" bullets (A.3447) and to make .50-caliber and military-grade weapons illegal, keeping them out of the hands of criminals (A.2772 and A.7331).

In spite of the staggering numbers, the state Senate continues to block efforts to keep guns off our streets. Assemblywoman Arroyo will continue to fight to make sure all New Yorkers are safe from guns.

A 2001 study showed that 57.3 percent of New York City high school students had been injured or have had a relative injured by a gun.
-Pediatrics, May 2001

We must do everything we can to protect our loved ones from gun violence.
Assemblywoman Arroyo Assemblywoman
Carmen E. Arroyo
Room 734 L.O.B.
Albany, NY 12248