Meng Going After Guns in Campaign

Democrat pledges to make public safety, gun control big issues if elected.

New York City voters have a different relationship with guns than those in the rest of the country. While standing up for gun control legislation could torpedo a campaign in the Midwest, the South or even Upstate New York,

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, when going from the House to the Senate, had to make a sharp left turn on gun control issues or risk losing support from city voters who favor strict legislation.

With public safety foremost on the minds of New Yorkers this year, it's no surprise, then, that it's about to become a centerpiece issue of a city-based campaign.

On Monday afternoon, Assemblywoman Grace Meng, D-Flushing, took a strong position in favor of gun control and microstamping legislation, which would make it easier to tie handgun shell casings left at crime scenes to the weapons used.

“Oftentimes, the only evidence left behind at the scene of a shooting are bullet shell casings," Meng said. "By finally passing microstamping legislation on the state and national levels, we can begin to deter violent crimes associated with guns, make our streets and neighborhoods safer, and more easily track down and bring criminals to justice. It’s the least we can do for our men and women in blue who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe."

In addition to pushing for the microstamping legislation, Meng's promised congressional initiatives include some tall orders, including background checks for every firearm sale, increasing the ability of judges to remand weapons for incarcerated individuals and more.

Nearly every initiative Meng said she would push for has been hammered by the National Rifle Association as trampling on Second Amendment rights.

The Flushing Assemblywoman was joined by fellow legislators Jose Peralta, D-Jackson Heights, Michelle Schimel and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, who praised Meng for taking a stand.

"This July has already experienced a horrible weekend of gun violence that results in 16 killings in 18 shootings across the city," Marshall noted.

jfh1945 July 18, 2012 at 10:10 AM
Microstamping has long been a solution in search of a problem--and we have finally found its use: as a tool for Democrats to fool the naive and guillible voter. Nanny Bloomberg would approve.
Alison Shallcross July 19, 2012 at 01:59 AM
What this article lacks is an explanation of what microstamping is. The candidate seems to believe that it will not only deter but also help solve gun crimes so it must be the printing of the criminal's name and contact info on the bullet casings. Otherwise, I'd have to agree with the previous post.


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