On November 1st, tens of thousands of gun owners throughout New York and other states will fire their guns at noon eastern time.
They are doing it to “send a symbolic gesture to NY Governor, Andrew Cuomo and his ruling party who signed the SAFE Act in the middle of the night,” said Stephen Aldstadt, President of Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE).
SCOPE is one of many organizations and gun clubs driving the effort, called “Shot Heard ‘Round the US”, as a means to “wake up the six million gun owners in New York, and get them out to vote,” Aldstadt added.
The SAFE Act is one of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation. It makes certain firearms and ammunition illegal, which Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor of New York said, “It literally made criminals out of law-abiding citizens overnight.”
The SAFE Act is a big topic coming into the midterm elections. And, its popularity has waned. A poll by the Rochester Business Journal shows that 62% oppose the SAFE Act, 53% want it repealed, and only 18% say the law should remain as written.
Out of 62 counties in the state of New York, 52 have “passed official resolutions in direct opposition of the NY SAFE Act and some counties directed their law enforcement officials to not enforce the SAFE Act within their jurisdictions,” according to Wikipedia.
While gun rights and gun control do not always go hand-in-hand with a political party, there is a strong alignment between Republicans and gun rights, and Democrats and gun control.
But, in New York, there are plenty of Democrats who own guns and see this election as being very important.
Gregory Farren, who is a Democrat from Flushing told the New York Times, “My ability to own guns is at stake this year.” The Times noted he was wearing a Rob Astorino campaign sticker.
So, it’s going to be loud on November 1st and maybe even louder on November 4th.
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