NAN convention begins with panel addressing scourge of gun violence

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — The National Action Network’s National Convention is underway in midtown.

Attorney General Eric Holder, Rev. Al Sharpton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the crowd of hundreds.

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“Every one of is us is changed by being a part of this conference,” said Mayor de Blasio. “That’s why it’s so powerful and so important.”

Panels were held throughout the day including a talk, “Gun Violence: American Holsters — How the Gun Won.”

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Monte Frank of the Newtown Action Alliance sat on the panel.

Frank said,  “it’s no longer about Sandy Hook, we’re creating a movement.”

Frank spoke of Newtown Action Alliance’s work to get a federal universal background check law passed and their desire to see assault weapons banned in the nation. Other speakers told stories of personal loss after gun violence including Cleo Pendleton. Her teenage daughter Hadiya was murdered in Chicago in 2013.

Pendleton became a gun violence activist after Hadiya died.

“It’s something we can’t run from.”