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Students Ask De Blasio About Gun Control At Town Hall Event

March 08, 2018 - 8:59 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Students fired tough questions at Mayor Bill de Blasio at a two-hour town hall on gun violence in schools Thursday.

As 1010 WINS’ Darius Radzius reported, the mayor and First Lady Chirlane McCray took the questions at the meeting with high school students at the Vanderbilt YMCA in Midtown East.

Mark Reyes, a senior at Vanguard High School, asked the first question.

“Why do we have to wait for a school shooting or a mass shooting to happen, or to occur, to talk about gun control when there is a constant problem that is happening within our community?” he asked.

The mayor admitted that politicians failed the students. But he said this time, of all times will be different given the student activism that has followed the Parkland, Florida shooting.

“This time, something’s happening,” the mayor said, “and I think the difference is, unquestionably, because you are leading the way.”

While some students asked for more security in schools, many more wanted the city to provide more counselors to address mental health issues.