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.
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.