I was devastated by the latest round of mass gun violence at the Parkland, Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14. Seventeen lives taken in six minutes.
Wanting to take a positive step, I reached out to our local NY State Senator Terence Murphy to find out his views and actions on gun violence. I asked his representative what was Mr. Murphy’s position on the NY Safe act, a law passed in 2013, which requires universal background checks that are designed to keep guns out of the hands of people with dangerous mental illness and criminals while not restricting guns to hunters and people who want a gun to defend themselves. The representative on the phone was not sure what Mr. Murphy’s stance on the NY Safe act was. I find this very troubling as the last written documentation I could find on Mr. Murphy’s record on the NY Safe act was a debate he had in October 2016 where Mr. Murphy said he wanted to weaken or repeal the NY State Safe Act.
I shared with the staff member that I found this lack of a clear stance from Mr. Murphy on gun issues very troubling. I went on to ask if there were plans for Mr. Murphy to hold a town hall to give constituents an opportunity to engage in a dialogue about this issue. The representative did not know when a town hall would be scheduled and advised me to check the website to see if one would be held.
In this day and age of random violence and an increasing lack of civility, I use this letter to respectfully ask Mr. Murphy to schedule a town hall to give his constituents an opportunity to engage with him in conversation about issues of concern to all of us. We should expect no less from our elected officials.