Martha Robertson opposes the NYS SAFE Act.
After listening to more than 10 hours of public opinion at two Tompkins County Legislature Meeting and two Public Safety Committee Meetings, she voted AGAINST a Resolution that supported the Act.
In an article published by the Elmira Star Gazette and the Ithaca Journal, which can be read on line she explains her reasons for her vote. She realizes that the “The law includes arbitrary and confusing constraints” and “the SAFE Act is a move in the wrong direction when it comes to taking meaningful action to reduce gun violence.” She believes “That’s what we should be doing: enforcing the laws directed at criminals and keeping guns out of their hands. Additionally, we should get serious about stopping repetitive crime and addressing issues with mental illnesses.”
Besides the limitations of the Act, Martha knows the impact it has on local government to enforce the “arbitrary and confusing constraints” mandates included in the law.
On February 27 of this year, in front of over 75 people in Chautauqua County, Martha signed the following pledge to Repeal the S.A.F.E. Act:
“I, Martha Robertson, joined local Sheriffs across the 23rd Congressional District in opposing the S.A.F.E. Act. As Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, I voted against the passage of the S.A.F.E. Act. I pledge to support the repeal of the S.A.F.E. Act.”
Tom Reed also does not support the SAFE Act, but he has never voted against it, or any gun regulations. The leaders of the House have not allowed a vote, or even a discussion, of gun issues during the the time Reed has been in office. Even though he talks about Repealing the Safe Act, he has no power to act on it—it was approved by the State Legislation for New York State only. Reed is our Federal Representative.
Reed has a history of voting against conservation issues that protects public lands dedicated to outdoor recreation. In 2012 he co-sponsored the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act. Those seven bills would transfer federal lands now used for hunting, fishing, hiking and camping to private profit-making companies for drilling or coal minding.
He also has voted to reduce funds that supported wildlife and water ecosystems, (2011-HR1) and forests, wetlands, and wildlife conservation (2013, HR 1947). In 2012 he voted against proposals from the National Environment Policy, the Wilderness Act and the Environmental Protection Agency. This year he voted against conservation plans for the National Park Services and other federal agencies.
Reed, and his supporters have continue to misrepresent Martha’s record on this issue (and many others) on his campaign Facebook page, mailings, articles, advertisements, fake websites, robo-calls and letters to the editor.
Martha summarized Reed’s campaign strategies when she wrote: “Rep. Tom Reed and others who claim that I support the SAFE Act are lying about my record.”
Realizing that this is going to be a close race, I have made copies of Martha’s SAFE Act newspaper article , and an article from this blog about Reed’s anti-conservation votes, and went to see some acquaintances who have “Repeal The Safe Act ” signs in their yards. It didn’t take long for them to come to the realization that Rep. Reed doesn’t represent them. I am certain that they have changed their vote from Reed to Robertson. And they are talking to their friends. For every vote that switches from Reed to Robertson is worth two votes–Reed looses one, Robertson gains one.