25th Anniversary Celebration

NCGV's 25th Anniversary Video

Quotes from the video

Lisa Prince - “I think we’re in a new era now and I’m more hopeful now than I’ve been in years - maybe the most hopeful I’ve ever been.”

George Reed – “I think it’s important for those who are making legislative decisions to know that there are a lot of people on the side that’s not the side where the money is. And they need to make their decisions knowing that people are deeply concerned, deeply troubled, deeply affected by gun violence.”

Dr. Tamera Coyne- “You need someone who’s going to make sure that the research gets in the appropriate places… Yes you wanna talk to your legislators.  Yes you wanna have appropriate people who can lobby.  But part of that also is talking to parents, talking to young people.  Because what you want to prevent is young lives being taken away even at the level of the individual.”

Lisa Kukla – “It was one of those surreal moments that you never think is going to happen to you and when it happens, you don’t know what to do afterwards and you don’t know how to use the situation.  And as a survivor of gun violence, I wanted to use the situation as a positive experience.”

Becky Ceartas – “This last long session of the North Carolina General Assembly back in 2017, the corporate gun lobby tried to allow guns on UNC system and community college campuses.  They also tried to dismantle our pistol-purchasing permit system.  These bills were both scheduled for a committee hearing the day of the crossover deadline, and this committee was scheduled to meet at 10 o’clock, it was pushed back to 1 o’clock, it was pushed back to in-between session, and then it was cancelled all together.  And that’s because people were at the general assembly, and they had called, and emailed, and showed up, and our lobbyists were down there every day, speaking of how these bills are dangerous bills.”

Senator Floyd McKissick (Durham) – “We are at a critical point, a critical crossroads, where if we don’t pushback, if we don’t fight back, we’re gonna put weapons in places where they don’t deserve to be.  Not only will people lose their lives, but we’re likely to see widespread atrocities potentially occur.”