Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on the School Shooting in Maryland

“Last week I stood shoulder to shoulder with students demanding action on gun violence to protect themselves and their classmates. Today’s shooting at Great Mills High School in Maryland is another tragic and exasperating reminder of the enduring threat of gun violence. Thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need action.

“While Washington abdicates its responsibility to keep the American people safe, New York is showing the way forward. After the massacre at Sandy Hook, we passed the SAFE Act, the toughest and smartest gun safety legislation in the nation. This year we are moving forward with new measures to make our laws even stronger, including preventing individuals with a history of domestic violence from purchasing or owning guns and extending the background check waiting period to up to 10 days.

“Students in New York and across the nation are showing more leadership than our so-called leaders in Washington. In New York, we are listening to the voices of the students and taking action. The lives of our children and our families are at stake.”