ALBANY, N.Y. -- The group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence launched an online petition campaign Monday to thank Governor Cuomo and legislators for passage of the NY SAFE Act.
"As our legislators start to get negative feedback from the gun lobby on this comprehensive law, we want to make sure they and the Governor know how many people in New York appreciate their courage in taking a strong stand to pass the legislation necessary to reduce gun deaths and injuries. Thus we are asking citizens to sign on at www.nyagv.org to thank the Governor and the State Legislators – sign in memory of the children and teachers brutally murdered in Newtown, CT, in memory of the emergency responders in Webster Lake and in memory of the countless people injured and killed by guns every day," said Jackie Hilly, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.
The petition comes in response to a similar petition launched by Senator Kathy Marchione of Halfmoon, which calls for repeal of parts of the law.
"Monday's vote was only the beginning, not the end, of a critically important debate. I believe we must repeal and replace the restrictive parts of the enacted legislation. We should focus on increasing penalties for criminals who use firearms and addressing the issue of mental illness. However, I cannot do it alone: I need strong Second Amendment supporters like you to stand strong – and stand with me," said a statement by Marchione's petition page.
That petition, as of this morning, had garnered more than 101,000 signatures.