NYS REPUBLICANS BLOCK MEASURE TO BRING ABOUT SENSIBLE GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION EVEN AFTER LATEST DEADLY SHOOTINGS AT FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL THAT LEFT 17 DEAD
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NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK -- Earlier this week, New York State Democrats attempted to pass a measure to strengthen restrictions on the purchase of firearms that have tragically killed hundreds of students at colleges and high schools across the country including, most recently, 17 shot dead in Parkland, Fla.
But the measure was stymied by Republican State Senators who control the majority in the New York State Senate.
The actions by the Republicans, including Sen. Carl Marcellino of Oyster Bay and Sen. Elaine Phillips of North Hempstead, come only weeks after a deadly shooting in Florida that took the lives of both students and faculty members at a Parkland County high school.
The Democratic proposal would have brought common-sense gun control legislation, which is widely-supported throughout New York State and the nation.
But tone-deaf Senate Republicans continue to pander to their far-right radical base. The influence of the far-right, and their campaign contributions, continues to influence GOP legislators, keeping Republicans silent on sensible gun control, and in turn, placing guns in the hands of the mentally unstable who seek to do harm to society's most vulnerable. Democratic Senators Kaminsky and Brooks, however, have been pushing back against the GOP inaction in the name of safety of schools, parents, teachers, and families statewide.
The following statement was released by Nassau County Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs:
"The actions taken by Senate Republicans yesterday are deplorable. We need common sense gun laws in New York now. We can't afford to wait until a tragedy happens in our own backyard before we act. When I hear that Senators Elaine Phillips and Carl Marcellino won't even talk about their stance on gun control...that concerns me. Yesterday's events sent a clear message - the GOP is more worried about losing campaign donations than the safety of our children," said Chairman Jacobs.
There have been more than 290 shootings on school campuses in the United States since 20 children and six adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown., Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012.