After Martyn’s death, Figen made the assumption that venues would have much stricter security measures. When she visited a local theatre to attend a music concert, she realised to her horror that no security seemed to be in place, and she felt devastated. She spend the whole performance racking her brains about what she could do, and shortly afterwards she decided to launch a government petition called Martyn’s Law.
She has overcome her fears of being in the limelight, and now quite confidently fights for the cause on national television, radio and other news channels.
With the enormous help and support of Brendan Cox, from Survivors Against Terror, and Nick Aldworth, former Chief Superintendent for Metropolitan Police, she is in discussion with the government who are now supportive of this law and are looking to launch a nationwide public consultation as a next step.
Martyn’s Law is a proposed piece of legislation to keep the public more secure when out and about. Whilst it will not stop terrorist attacks it will reduce opportunities or deter terrorists to target certain areas where people congregate. Its aim is not to restrict people’s free movement but merely seeks to ensure that venues do all they can to make sure that their customers are safe from these dangers.
To read Figen's full proposal for Martyn's Law,
"Figen Murray experienced something that no parent should ever have to experience. Refusing to be consumed by anger towards her son’s murderers, Figen has committed herself to making society a better place and helping people understand that peace, love and tolerance are the things that define and unite us.
Her courageous public campaigning for better security in the UK will undoubtedly lead to a change of legislation and Martyn’s Law."
Retired Chief Superintendent, Metropolitan Police