Town hall meeting on gun violence is underway at M.S. 50 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s hosted by Congress members Velasquez and Maloney

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Shooting Survivors, Lawmakers Shine Spotlight On Gun Violence

April 07, 2018 - 3:30 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The spotlight on gun violence and finding ways to reduce it continued this weekend.

Two of the city's top reps in Congress held a town hall meeting in Williamsburg.

Congresswomen Nydia Velasquez and Carolyn Maloney had a discussion with students, teachers, and gun safety reform groups at MS-50.

Velasquez said she viewed the video of the black man in Crown Heights who was shot and killed by police. Four police officers shot the man; two were white, one was black, and one was Indian.

Velasquez said she strongly believes there is racism in the police academy and elsewhere.

"There is bias in training when it comes to black and brown people," she said.

Congressman Joe Crowley of Queens held one at the library in East Elmhurst. A couple of state senators and Nassau County's Police Commissioner were hosting one at the library in Rockville Center.

Other elected leaders and candidates were hosting one at CUNY College of Staten Island. They have a special guest, Ryan Deitsch -- one of the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Another survivor from the Parkland shooting, Aallyah Eastmond was at the National Action Network headquarters in Harlem.

"I'm not only here to talk about school shootings, because before February 14 there had been shootings in urban communities every day and it's gone unnoticed and nobody pays attention to it," she said.