White Plains panel discussion centers on gun violence

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More than 100 people turned out in White Plains Sunday for a panel discussion on gun violence.

Members of Moms Demand Action in Westchester hosted the panel on gun sense Sunday to raise awareness that gun violence doesn't just happen at mass and school shootings, but also in murders, suicides and domestic violence incidents.

Panelist Carla Horton, of the Hawthorne-based domestic violence agency Hope's Door, was hoping the panel could spotlight people that guns don't save lives, she says.

"The presence of a gun in the home of abused woman increases her chance of being murdered 520 percent," she said. "For every one person defended in self defense, you'll get 70 more homicides, 30 more suicides and three accidental killings."

Panel organizers say the goal of the event is to educate participants on ways they can support new gun reform legislation, such as a new bill proposed by state Sen. Brian Kavanagh. The bill would allow judges to remove guns from those police or family members believe are a risk to themselves or others.

Leaders with Moms Demand Action in Westchester say their group includes members who own guns and are part of the NRA -- and that membership in their group has increased by the hundreds in the last several week.

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