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Santa Barbara shooting shows need for federal version of SAFE Act, says New Yorkers Against Gun Violence

May 28, 2014
Following the shooting rampage in Santa Barbara that took the lives of seven people including the shooter, the group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is calling for federal laws modeled on New York's own gun control measure, The SAFE Act.

On Friday May 23, 22 year-old Elliot Rodger killed six students in the California city of Santa Barbara, citing a lifetime of rejection and loneliness. His victims included his two roommates and their visiting friend, two sorority girls, and a male student inside a deli. He also injured 13 others.

The father of Chris Martinez, the 20 year-old killed inside a local deli, issued a statement blaming "craven irresponsible politicians and the National Rifle Association" for the death of his son and others. (Watch the video below).

Leah Gunn Barrett, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, said his anguish is palpable and reflects emotions felt around the country, urging the federal government for stronger gun control laws.

"Sadly it's another example of the weak federal gun laws," Barrett said. "There are three parts to this incident: the need for universal background checks, gun violence against women, and the use of high capacity magazines. Nobody needs to have a magazine that shoots 30 rounds."

Barrett took a moment to defend the SAFE Act, passed by the New York legislature in early 2013 following the Sandy Hook shooting, which claimed the lives of 20 school children and six teachers.

"We think the provisions passed in the New York SAFE Act need to be passed federally," Barrett said. "We have background checks; men with a history of domestic violence can't have guns; and you can't have magazines with more than 10 rounds."

After stabbing his three roommates to death, Rodgers carried out a drive-by style shooting spree with three legally obtained semi-automatic handguns, before killing himself. Before the shooting, Rodger emailed a 140-page manifesto to his family and several mental health professionals in which he outlined the reasons for his rage. The manifesto was filled with misogynistic rants as to why women had not "fulfilled him with the pleasure he rightly deserved."

Family members had originally alerted police after watching YouTube videos of Rodger where he planned a "Day of Retribution."

The shooting at Santa Barbara was the most recent of a series of high profile shootings throughout the country. Federal lawmakers have failed to reach an agreement regarding how to proceed with gun control legislation.

Richard Martinez went on to say in other statements that America has become too accepting of the gun violence displayed during Sandy Hook and the attack that killed his son. Barrett agreed.

"We need to be as loud as the 'pro-guns' and match their passion because the second amendment doesn't trump safety," Barrett said.

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    May 28, 2014 | 06:20 PM

    This particular madman in California used 10 round magazines and passed all the background checks. He also killed half of his victims with knives or blunt objects, and attempted to kill people by hitting them with a car.

    None of the gun provisions in the SAFE act would have done a damn thing.

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    May 28, 2014 | 06:28 PM

    . We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works.

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    They now resort to outright lies
    May 28, 2014 | 06:40 PM

    The following comment from above is an outright lie.

    "Sadly it's another example of the weak federal gun laws," Barrett said. "There are three parts to this incident: the need for universal background checks, gun violence against women, and the use of high capacity magazines. Nobody needs to have a magazine that shoots 30 rounds."

    Rodgers passed a background check for the guns he purchased legally. He used low capacity magazines (10 rd).

    If this tragedy proved anything, it's that the NY and CA versions of gun control do nothing to save lives. We need to better identify people with potential violent tendencies and keep them from owning guns.

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    Blame the person
    May 28, 2014 | 06:58 PM

    Wether it is Cars,knives,bats,bare hands, poison,serial killings we blame the person, Wip out a gun and we blame the gun, grow up, it's not news anymore, blame the person for their actions, all the prisoners throughout the world should go free then, because they used 1 of the above, BLAME THE PERSON!!!

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    You are oour of your mind
    May 28, 2014 | 06:59 PM

    How would the SAFEAct stopped this? He killed 3 people with a knife and the each one of the pistols he purchased he passed a background check, had a mandatory 10 day wait before he could take delivery, had to wait 30 days between his purchases, had to buy a gun off a state approved list, had to take a written test and a practical test each time he bought a pistol and was prohibited by law from carrying the gun on his person. You are delusional

    Ben Kaminski
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    May 28, 2014 | 06:59 PM

    Says NYers when 5 people have been murdered in the past 48 hours?!?!?

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    Barrett on the NY SAFE Act
    May 28, 2014 | 07:07 PM

    Leah Gunn Barrett cited the necessity for a federal version of the NY SAFE Act. I cannot find any specific section of the NY SAFE Act that would have prevented the Santa Barbara shooting. The facts at this time are:

    1. The shooting took place in a state that already bans high capacity magazines, just like NY.
    2. Elliot Rodger possessed only ten round magazines, just like NY.
    3. Elliot Rodger passed background checks before purchasing each handgun, just like NY.
    4. The police interviewed Elliot Rodger in person, yet no action was taken.

    I find the last fact quite frustrating.

    Frank Mustane
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    Gun restriction
    May 28, 2014 | 07:29 PM

    There are already thousands and thousands of so-called "gun control" laws on the books now.Do all of you at Legislative Gazette honestly believe that lawless people will become lawful by making more laws that will surely be ignored? Gun control is a foolish fantasy based on emotions, not common sense. If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.

    David Leggett
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    Bad Parenting
    May 28, 2014 | 09:19 PM

    No, this isn't an example of weak gun laws. It's an example of bad parenting. If his parents didn't create a spoiled, privileged little narcissistic brat, and they got help for his obvious mental instability, then maybe those people would still be alive.
    Stop shunting off the problem onto a tool, and deal with the REAL issue.

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    safe act
    May 28, 2014 | 09:23 PM

    taking gun's or stonger back ground check's will never work, ever. we need tougher sentences, criminal's never ever do back ground check's and ware you can bye drug's you can get gun's right along with them. if you really read this. think smart.

    rob wright
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    May 29, 2014 | 07:08 AM

    This is insanity. This SAFE act isn't keeping anyone safe in New York State and it's not to going to keep people safe anywhere else in the country. Stab three and shoot three. How is the safe fact going to stop that? A better idea would be to open up a discussion about this severely lacking mental health system in America. It needs a complete overhaul!

    Sam dee
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    May 29, 2014 | 09:29 AM

    These shootings are nothing more than individual actions. These people are not the majority and to base laws off the emotions of the perpetrator or the victims is ignorant at best. Laws should be based on facts and follow our Constitution. If you do not like guns do not buy one and leave me alone. I do not try to tell others how to live their lives, I would appreciate the same treatment from others. These "shooters" make their own choices and then choose to take an action and what tool to use. Stop blaming laws, society and guns.

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    A Better Role Model
    May 29, 2014 | 11:32 AM

    The very fact there is any Debacle about Gun Ownership, in the United States of America makes my mind keep crossing the pond over to Switzerland. As we all know all adult males 18 are required to own rifles, and anyone wanting a Handgun, needs to go thru a Government Background Check.
    They have the least amount of crime and murders in the world.
    Yet in America Liberals, & Democrats are trying to disarm our John Q. Public, so the slim of the underworld can take over. If not by you being robbed, rapped, taxed, your Consitutional Rights taken away.

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    Safe Act
    May 29, 2014 | 11:40 AM

    DO you really want to keep us safe? Stop wasting time passing laws that do nothing and encourage mentally ill people to not to get help they need. Try spending some time finding a way to keep ALL the MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES OPEN in our state so that people who have these problems have someplace to go. Shame on you Andrew are putting your political ambitions ahead of my families safety. No wonder why so many people want you out of that office.

    Don F.
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    Example of how NY treats it's mentally ill
    May 29, 2014 | 12:05 PM

    Remember the 2012 Christmas Eve Murders of the W. Webster Firefighters? This was actually a Murder that was commited with a so-called assault weapon by a mentally ill person. William Spengler WAS in the NYS system for years (he beat his grandmother to death with a hammer. Somehow, he was magically deemed health enough to be set free? He should have been locked up forever or executed for his crime...but instead NYS cut him loose to commit another grizzly murder. The family has filed suit against Gander Mountain...they should be suing NYS instead, they are ones who are negligent in this case...Your SAFE ACT would not have stopped this...and you didn't even have a provision in it to deal with straw buyers...The girl who bought this nutjob the guns was convicted of falsifying a business document, the only thing they could convict her for. Some great law huh...the rest of the country needs this? STUPID!

    Don F.
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    safe act
    May 29, 2014 | 10:40 PM

    Well the one thing the SAFE Act proved is that assault weapons don't exist.

    look twice
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    1,000,000 gun owners in New York are now felons
    May 30, 2014 | 02:22 PM

    1,000,000 gun owners in New York refused to register..

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