If you are concerned about gun violence in Buffalo, Most Valuable Parents is hosting a press conference and anti-gun rally on Thursday, July 30.

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Founder of Most Valuable Parents and other community organizations will be holding a press conference and anti-gun rally this Thursday, July 30, according to a press released that was emailed to me. The event will start at 6 pm at the intersection of Genesee Street and Jefferson Avenue. MVP will be revealing one of six Anti-Gun Violence billboards, which will be placed around the city of Buffalo.

“Our aim is to speak to the gun-violence problem we have in Buffalo by addressing the question: “Where Are the Guns Coming From?” ~ Neal Dobbins, founder of MVP, via a press release

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The MVP press release says that 121 people shot (either injured or killed) through June 30. Within approximately the same time frame in 2019, 78 people were injured or killed by gun violence in the city.

The uptick in shootings has worried many people in the Buffalo community. MVP's anti-gun campaign will seek to educate Buffalonians on how gun violence impacts Black youth.  MVP will also work to get Congress to repeal the Tiahrt Amendment.

"The Tiahrt Amendments prohibit ATF from requiring gun dealers to submit inventories. Gun dealer inventories facilitate enforcement of the federal law requiring dealers to report the loss or theft of firearms and help law enforcement oversee the more than 50,000 firearms dealers nationwide."

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Buffalo Peacemakers, Buffalo SNUG, FATHERS, Stop the Violence Coalition, Community Health Workers, CAO, Urban-Think Tank and other concerned community organizations are expected to attend.  If you have questions or need more information contact Carlanda Meadors at 716-444-1991.  Please plan to wear a mask and socially distance at this event. You can be a part of MVP and find out more about the organization here.