After aide shot, New York governor urges national gun control

It’s not enough that New York State has the strictest handgun licensing policies in the nation. Nor that we have nine major federal gun laws in place.
Reuters: A day after one of his top aides was critically wounded by a stray bullet, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday called for a national gun control policy, saying that New York’s tough firearms laws are ineffective if they stand alone.
Police sought suspects in the shooting of Carey Gabay, 43, believed to be an unintended target who was struck in the head at an outdoor celebration on Monday before the West Indian Day parade in Brooklyn, a spokeswoman for the New York Police Department said.
Gabay, the first deputy counsel at Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, remains in critical condition in an induced coma at Kings County Hospital Center, his family said in a statement.
“Carey has always been an inspiration to all of us and he continues to inspire us with his fight for survival,” said relatives of Gabay, a Harvard-educated lawyer who was raised in a public housing project in the Bronx.
Following the 2012 school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Cuomo oversaw passage of the state’s sweeping gun control laws that are considered the strictest in the United States. At the time, President Barack Obama launched an aggressive gun control push but his efforts largely failed in Congress.
Cuomo in an interview on CNN on Tuesday called for a renewed effort to pass a national policy, saying it is key to stopping the flow of weapons into New York from other states.
“Elected officials have to have the political courage to step up and say, ‘This weekly, ongoing tragedy of loss of life, of innocent victims, school children, young girls, young boys, must stop,” Cuomo said on CNN.
“The only way to deal with this is a national gun policy,” said Cuomo, who said he is “not anti-gun” and is a gun owner himself. He owns a shotgun for hunting, said his spokesman.
A U.S. firearms policy would be aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and mentally ill people, Cuomo said.
You have to check everyone before they buy the gun. And that is the rub. People who are law-abiding citizens say ‘Don’t bother me. Don’t check me. Only check the criminal.’ But you can’t check the criminal unless you check everyone,” the governor said on CNN.
Funny, I’ve never tried to tell a firearm dealer to “don’t bother me”. But that’s the kind of hyperbole you’d expect one to say when they don’t want to let a crisis go to waste.

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Kevin Lankford
Kevin Lankford

What the heck is a “west indian day parade”. Perhaps that is what needs to be banned.
If they had their way, no one would pass a “back ground check”.


The quote by Penn is very appropriate . Or looking at it from a different p.o.v. : ” Be careful of what you ask for , because you just might get it ”
These politicians are power hungry zealots . Control freaks . And they always manage to word their legislation to make them immune to their new statute .


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As is typical,Liberals NEVER pass up a chance to show how BRAINLESS they are.


Seriously? Funny how EVERYONE that is involved with these alleged shootings ALWAYS dies? That’s just too freaking ridiculous to believe!


Just a quick editorial comment of your otherwise very well-written post. For the sack of brevity, would replace the sixth word of the last sentence, “hyperbole”, with the word, “lie”. It would also increase accuracy in the text, try not to be sensitive to the feelings of some of your subjects (they may not have any.)


I turned down a 6 figure income because it was in NY city. I have no reason or need to be there. Therefore, if Jack a$$ Cumo wants to put up a fence around his bloody state, and require passports to get into it, we can call ourselves “square”, as long as that also means he gets NO federal funding, and we are allowed to wage war on his new country. All kidding aside, he has made it clear he doesn’t want an “American” way of life, so he needs to either move to a country that is more “like… Read more »