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.
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, NY.
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, NY.
SANDY PHILLIPS lost her daughter Jessica Ghawi, 24, killed in theater shooting in Aurora, CO.
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.