From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
April 13, 2016
This Monday, Hillary Clinton and moderator Rep. Steve Israel held a discussion on gun violence prevention, to a full house at the Landmark Theater in Port Washington. The panel included five women who each lost a relative to gun violence.
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One by one, the five activists shared – relived – their stories of loss and how they became gun control activists.
Rita Kestenbaum lost her daughter Carol shot at Arizona State University; Marie Delus lost her nephew Pierre-Paul Jean-Paul shot in Queens; Erica Smegielski lost her mother, Dawn Lafferty Hochsprungand, the Principal killed in Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown CT; Natasha Christopher, lost her son Akeal, 15, shot in Brooklyn; and Sandy Phillips lost her daughter Jessica Ghawi, 24, killed in theater shooting in Aurora, CO.
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The panelists supported Clinton’s call for tougher gun control legislation and vow to take on the gun lobby – NRA National Rifle Association.
And the security screening I and other Press went through was even stricter than it was for Hillary Clinton’s Book Signing two summers ago. Monday it involved a police dog, a variety of scanning equipment, police and agents checking people and their equipment multiple times and places – and more.