Woman whose husband died in LIRR shooting continues effort for gun control in wake of Georgia, Colorado shootings

For Joyce Gorycki, of Mineola, the debate is personal. Her husband James was among six people gunned down on a Long Island Rail Road train on Dec. 7, 1993.

News 12 Staff

Mar 24, 2021, 2:56 AM

Updated 1,125 days ago

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A Long Island woman whose husband died in a mass shooting almost three decades ago is continuing a push for gun control in the wake of mass shootings in Colorado and Georgia.
Democrats said Tuesday that they are pushing toward a vote on expanded gun control measures as the nation reels from its second mass shooting in a week. President Joe Biden said, "we have to act," but prospects for any major changes were dim, for now, in the closely divided Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed Tuesday morning to bring to the Senate floor legislation passed by the House that would require background checks for most gun sales and transfers. He said the Senate "must confront a devastating truth" after a lack of congressional action on the issue for almost three decades.
For Joyce Gorycki, of Mineola, the debate is personal. Her husband James was among six people gunned down on a Long Island Rail Road train on Dec. 7, 1993.
"I find it very frustrating that the laws haven't changed to protect people from this," says Gorycki.
Gorycki has been fighting for gun control laws for 28 years now. She says there is "no reason why anybody should be able to buy an AR-15 just like that."
In a statement, Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) says she supports Biden's that aim to close loopholes in gun background checks and ban the purchase of assault weapons. She added, "Any elected official who opposes common-sense gun law reforms stands in the way of saving lives."
Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin said, "The events of this week are a tragedy, and there is no acceptable excuse whatsoever for this deadly behavior. We need to ensure lunatics manifesting violent criminal intentions to murder with firearms have access to none. We must also keep in mind that Long Island is filled with great, law abiding citizens who exercise their constitutional right to protect themselves and their families and they should not be targeted.”
Andrew Chernoff, of Coliseum Gun Traders in Uniondale, says banning assault rifles won't save more lives.
"The core problem is not the implement itself. The core problem is people. It's the mental health it's society," says Chernoff.
But despite pushback, Gorycki remains undeterred in her battle for stricter laws in memory of her husband.
"I will never stop fighting," she says. "I will do it until the day I die."


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