(Poughkeepsie, NY) Karen Smythe stood with dozens of concerned students, parents, and advocates at the first Hudson Valley Stands Up rally against gun violence. This student-led movement urged action on a series of common sense gun safety bills that are being held up by Sue Serino and her party bosses.
“Protecting our kids from gun violence should not be a controversial or partisan issue,” Karen Smythe said. “I was so proud to join these passionate students who are taking leadership roles in the fight for common sense gun safety measures. It is reprehensible that Sue Serino voted against a bill to keep guns away from convicted domestic abusers and that she continues to block all anti-gun violence measures. Our families deserve a representative who will protect our communities and reflect our values, and that is why I am running for State Senate.”
The Hudson Valley Stands Up rally is part of a national movement for action on common sense gun safety measures. Bills to ban bumpstocks, keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals, and ensure background checks are actually run before firearms are purchased have all been held up by Senator Sue Serino and her party bosses. The one gun safety bill that was passed by the Senate this year, S.8121, which ensures convicted domestic abusers do not have access to firearms, was actually opposed by Senator Sue Serino. Senator Serino’s extreme stances demonstrate that she is wildly out-of-step with Hudson Valley communities and values.
Check out the attached picture from the Hudson Valley Stands Up rally which Karen Smythe attended. You can learn more about Karen Smythe, her experience, and her vision for a stronger, fairer, and more prosperous Hudson Valley by visiting: http://