Nearly a hundred strong, signs in hand, they gathered on
the million dollar staircase in the Capitol to show their support.
"We will do whatever it takes to make it different
this time,' said Pam Dudoff of the regional chapter.
"I also stand before you as somebody who's been the
victim of gun violence. In my case, I was robbed at gunpoint, a number of years
ago, a half block from the Capitol," said Fahy.
While Fahy says she's fielded several calls from
constituents who are opposed, she told the crowd the new gun control
legislation will save lives.
"The process in passing this bill was not perfect but it
was the right thing to do," said Fahy.
Speakers took turns at the microphone admitting the fight
for tougher gun control laws has been going on for decades, but momentum, they
say, has been building.
"If it prevents one more person from being robbed,
if it prevents additional violence in our schools and in our communities and in
our neighborhoods; if it prevents one more person from being robbed --It was
worth it," said Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy (D-Albany).
The organization is calling on Congress to:
Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds
Require background checks for all gun purchases
Report the sale of large quantities of ammunition to the ATF
Limit the scope of concealed weapons laws at the state level
Governor Cuomo signed the New York SAFE Act into legislation last month, making it the first gun control legislation to be passed since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
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