Senate Candidate Julie Killian Backs Legislation That Would Reclassify School Shootings as Domestic Terrorism

Senate Candidate Julie Killian Backs Legislation That Would Reclassify School Shootings as Domestic Terrorism


New York State Senate candidate Julie Killian has backed legislation introduced in the State Senate that would reclassify school shootings as domestic terrorism.

The legislation was proposed by New York State Senators Catharine Young and Terrence Murphy.

“As a mother of five, with one still in high school, I was horrified by the tragedy in Parkland. It was a failure of government and it was completely avoidable. As Americans, we must take action," Killian said. "We must work tirelessly to ensure that local, state and federal law enforcement are coordinating and that they’re communicating with our schools and mental health providers." 

"In the State Senate, I will fight to pass a new law that reclassifies school shootings as acts of Domestic Terrorism. This will provide the same tools and resources used by local, state and federal law enforcement to combat terrorist activities after September 11th to prevent mass shootings. This will also enable the State Police’s Counterterrorism Unit to investigate leads in these cases," Killian said.

"I will also support legislation that provides funding for local school districts to invest in security equipment and school resource officers to help secure school infrastructure," Killian said. "New York already has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. AR-15s are already banned. In order to keep our children safer and guns out of the wrong hands, we need to have common sense laws including universal background checks, banning bump stocks and fully automatic weapons and raising the age to buy a firearm to 21. I also believe there must be an effective process through which judges can ensure individuals who are a danger to themselves or others do not have access to firearms, and those who have severe mental illness receive immediate treatment to keep our families safe."

"Government’s primary role is the safety and security of its citizens, and we must all work together to keep our children and families safe,” Killian said.

Julie Killian is running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform Party lines in the Special Election on April 24. Senate District 37 includes the towns and municipalities of: Armonk, Bedford, Bronxville, Crestwood, Eastchester, Harrison, Katonah, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, North Castle, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye City, Rye Brook, Tuckahoe, White Plains and Yonkers.