Graf Rails Against Gun Bill

State Assemblyman from Holbrook issues statement on passed legislation, labeling it hasty and incomplete.

New York State Assemblyman Al Graf has issued the following statement regarding the passage of tighter gun control measures in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. 

My daughter is a New York City police officer, and under this legislation, we’ll be taking bullets out of her gun while the bad guys have no such limitations. This is what happens when you circumvent the legal, responsible legislative process: you end up with a well-intentioned bill that completely misses its mark and ends up putting the safety of our children and families at risk.
This legislation, as presented by the governor, does not begin to address the issues that culminated in the tragic loss of young lives in Sandy Hook. The gun control measure passed by the Assembly was rushed to the floor without public input or proper review and resulted in a fatally-flawed bill. 
I was instrumental in creating three amendments to this bill which, though they were promised to be advanced sometime in the future, were not included in the legislation that was voted on. Therefore, I cannot, in good conscience, vote for a piece of legislation that is admittedly flawed.
Elected officials are sent to state government to do the people’s work, and the people have a right to make their voices heard before legislation is rushed into law. Unlike the governor, I am not running for president in 2016 and see no need to force through important measures without proper review. While I am certainly in favor of an open, substantive discussion about protecting public safety and keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals, I will not vote for legislation that is hastily written and not properly vetted for the sake of making headlines.
This legislation represents missed opportunities to deal more effectively with mental health issues, bullying and the desensitization associated with violent video games. This legislation goes a long way toward grabbing headlines, but falls way too short of dealing with the problems that culminate into tragic events splashed across our newspapers.

Darren January 16, 2013 at 02:39 PM
To the honorable Al Graf..So why don't you guys team up, Repeal this garbage and do it correctly..That is what our reps are supposed to do .I do commend you for publicly stating what this bill really is and its truly "swiss cheese".that will not make a difference except reclassifying 7 or 8 hundred thousand legitimate citizens as common criminals and grab cheap headlines on the backs of slaughtered children..
Edward Smith January 17, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Assemblyman Graff, I do not agree with any of the assertions you have made. This is the time to pass hastily written legislation. It's important that we do something, anything, to let people like you know that most Americans are fed up and disgusted with the tidal wave of violence that is drowning us in blood. If Andrew Cuomo runs for President, win or lose, I am glad he will wear his heart on his sleeve. That to me is what makes a man a man.
A Maz January 24, 2013 at 05:27 PM
This illustrates why Liberalism is either a cult, mental illness or just plain evil. The outcome never matters with Liberals. Feel good policies and legislation created the welfare state that has bankrupted our nation, decimated education, redistributed wealth, destroyed the black family and promotes baseless anthropogenic global warming and other junk sciences. All of which sound good, but has damaged the very fabric of our Republic. When the country was founded every man had a gun. In fact up until the health care boondoggle (affectionately known as Obamacare) the only time an American was forced to make a purchase by its government is when George Washington mandated that every man 18 years or older must have a musket and a ball to fit it. Liberals want you to think they are doing good things, however the only thing they are doing is relieving us of the very liberty and freedom they swore to uphold.
Patchogue Snoop February 08, 2013 at 02:11 PM
WOW Ed said...."that most Americans are fed up and disgusted with the tidal wave of violence that is drowning us in blood" Liberal Lunacy at its best. A Maz Bravo!!! A liberal supports a policy because it feels good instantly, disregarding what effect(reality) it will have on America. A conservative supports a policy for its effect(reality) on america and later enjoys the feel good effect of that policy. The lib hacks in charge exploit the libs who like to feel good and reinforce those feel good beliefs of theirs hence getting their votes.....the rest of the votes come from buying them on the American taxpayer dime through the addiction of minorities to government handouts for generations. Did you ever here a Dem hack say I want to end welfare and put people to work so they feel they are part of society and contributing their fair share? I call them the Dem vote slaves. How do these hacks look at themselves in the mirror. Mitt was right 47% may be lost forever, poor people who have been used and have lost their human spirit.
Patchogue Snoop February 26, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Hey Ed, how is the hastily perpared gunlaw going??? Here about the mess your leader created? This guy doesn't even know his own state law screaming"you don't need ten bullets to kill a deer" well my dear LIB friend, it is and always has been illegal to use more than six rounds in any semi auto rifle when hunting big game in NYS. So what was his point??? Last I read, no reference to deer hunting in the second amendment either.....


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