Immediate:  April 10, 2018

The Nassau Community College Spring 2018 Speaker Series
Gunsense in America – Shenee Johnson

April 16

Garden City, NY – The Nassau Community College Cultural Program will present Gunsense in America on Monday on April 16, at 11:00 a.m. in Room 252/253 of the College Center Building.  During the program, Shenee Johnson, the Community Outreach Leader for Moms Demand Action for Gunsense in America (Suffolk chapter) will speak about her son's violent death in 2010, what she has done since, and how people can become a "gunsense" champion in their communities.

"Be careful" were the last words Shenee Johnson spoke to her son Kedrick before he left for a Queens party in 2010.  Her words of caution proved tragically prophetic.  Her 18-year old son was killed that night when two people tried to crash the party and were kicked out by a group of revelers.   A fight erupted and someone with a pistol shot Kedrick in the chest. 

Since that tragic event, Johnson has been working to prevent gun violence among youth.  She joined forces with Moms Demand Action for Gunsense in America, which was created to demand action from legislators, companies and educational institutions to establish common sense gun reforms.  Moms Demand Action was founded by Shannon Watts in 2012 in response to the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Johnson and other parents of children killed by gun violence also joined together through the organization New Yorkers Against Gun Violence to create a yearbook filled with stories and photographs of young victims meant to draw attention to the toll of gun violence on young people.  Johnson believes that gun violence is so political that people sometimes forget it's personal, too.

Gunsense in America is free, open to the public and accessible to the disabled.  For more information about the program, call 516.572.7148.

Media Contact: Alicia Steger 516.572.9634

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