• Indivisible New Rochelle

Representative Eliot Engel and Westchester Student Coalition Against Gun Violence - Q&A

Updated: Jun 2, 2018

Representative Engel, proud recipient of the NRA's F rating, and Abe Baker-Butler and Dylan Klein from Westchester Student Coalition Against Gun Violence (WSCAGV) held an informative Q&A session on gun legislation. This was an opportunity to hear about gun violence and legislation first-hand, from a national perspective. Representative Engel has been notably vocal on the issue, and during the Q&A spoke of his participation in the 2016 gun control filibuster sit-in. He is frustrated by the legislative impasse that for so long has prevented gun reform legislation from moving forward in the halls of Congress, and his advice to the students: "Just keep doing what you're doing and bringing awareness to the issue."

The WSCAGV-led Q&A was covered by Channel 12 News in these news stories:

The full Q&A can be viewed by clicking the image below.

For more information about the Westchester Student Coalition Against Gun Violence, please check out their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @WSCAGV.

Highlights from the general questions from Indivisible New Rochelle included:

  • With a Democratic House, Eliot would be the Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

  • In a surprise victory, drastic cuts for SNAP are off the table for now.

  • Eliot supports decriminalization of marijuana due to the incredible racial disparity in arrests and their aftermath

  • With around 20 more signatures on a discharge petition, the House will be forced debate and vote on immigration

  • Eliot believes the efforts to intimidate noncitizens from responding to the 2020 census is an effort to reduce congressional representation in areas with larger immigrant populations.

  • Without a blue wave in the house and/or senate progressive legislation to combat these agendas and sensible gun safety legislation will have little chance.