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Lawmakers Use Sandy Hook Anniversary to Push For Stronger Gun Laws

Rep. Peter King, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel push for more gun control.

At City Hall in New York, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel speaks in support of comprehensive federal legislation to reduce gun violence, Dec. 12, 2013. (Photo: Michelle Schimel)
At City Hall in New York, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel speaks in support of comprehensive federal legislation to reduce gun violence, Dec. 12, 2013. (Photo: Michelle Schimel)

Advocates and elected officials gathered Thursday on the steps of New York City Hall to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings while pushing for more gun law reform.

Joining New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and State Legislators Against Illegal Guns, the group used the event as a platform to renew a call for Congress and state governments across the country to act.

The Manhattan press conference was staged nearly one year since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 28 people, including gunman Adam Lanza, died on Dec. 14, 2012.

The group included Rep. Peter King (R-New York) and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck).

"The overwhelming majority of Americans want to see action, and we owe it to the victims and their families to prevent such tragedies from occurring again," said Rep. Peter King (R-New York) in a statement Thursday.

Less than five weeks after the Newtown tragedy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the NY SAFE Act through bipartisan support in Albany. The legislation helps to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, bans assault weapons, limits high capacity magazines and increases the penalty for killing a first responder.

Speaking at the event, Schimel, the co-chair of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns, said more needs to be done at the federal level.    

“There is lots of talk in Washington, but no action," said Schimmel.

In April, a bipartisan Senate measure to expand background checks on commercial gun sales fell short of approval by six votes.

bob young December 13, 2013 at 08:20 AM
We need more guns not fewer. If good folks at that school were carrying guns, the miscreant would have been gunned down long before causing so much death. I have no more respect left for peter king.
Tony Patrick December 13, 2013 at 09:08 AM
Why do they keep using the word anniversary? That sounds like a celebration. Day of memory is more like it. I do not like it when politicians use events like this as part of their political agenda, and doing something to gain votes. Gun free zones are meaningless. If they want to prevent shootings like this. Put a armed guard in every school at the entrance. Adam Lanza was not a trained killer, he was a thin, weak, insane person who just chose a easy target.
TBC Blog Admin December 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM
More gun control is not going to stem the tide of evil in this world. Even if you take all the guns away from the American people, evil people will still do evil things. There will still be shameful acts of murder like Sandy Hook with or without guns. Do you think guns are the only way people have killed people throughout history? Think again. What is going to happen, is guns are going to be taken out of the hands of law abiding citizens, and who is going to be left with the guns? Police, Military, and criminals. So, it's the law abiding citizens that are going to be hurt in the end. Criminals will still find a way to get their guns to hurt/kill people.
sadeto December 13, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Exactly, like all those helpless law-abiding citizens in countries with restrictive gun laws who are massacred by criminals with guns all of the time. Like in Great Britain, which drastically changed its gun laws after the Dunblane school massacre, and now criminals with guns are...sorry, not a good example. Maybe Japan, where it is next to impossible to own a handgun? And deaths of innocent civilians by firearms just keep going....hmm, nowhere. Sorry, I'll have to get back to you with some examples, but I'm sure they're out there. In the meantime, enjoy the little world in which your mind festers.
Another.Day December 13, 2013 at 02:47 PM
First off my friend the biggest difference between Japan EU and US, Is this piece of Paper that Liberals like you forget exist its the highest law of the land most important document ever Created its called The Constitution of the United States. Which states "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Also since last year the amount of firearms purchased have gone up dramatically and with that the rate of murders and crimes have gone down... Hopefully The Un-SAFE ACT is repealed soon and we can live free in this state. The Safe Act is all about controlling the Law biding Citizens. It has no affect on the criminals what so ever!!!!!!!!

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