Progressive Democrats never let a crisis go to waste. They used Hurricane Sandy to push their climate change agenda and now this. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Democrats in the state legislature are looking at ramming through stricter gun control measures, possibly even during a special Christmas week legislative session. The Democrats control the Assembly, and Republicans have tenuous control over the Senate because of four Democrats who defied their party and caucus with the GOP. Those four Democrats are likely to be supportive of increased gun control (even though the state already has tight restrictions on guns) so this is not out of the realm of possibility.
A law could be enacted in a rare special session during the holiday week or in an agreement, and could be part of Cuomo’s State of the State speech he’s scheduled to deliver on Jan. 9. Cuomo this week said he plans to make gun control proposals part of his annual speech that sets his legislative agenda.
“No one is talking about making guns illegal,” Cuomo said Monday. “No one is talking about legitimate hunters and sportspeople. We’re talking about illegal guns. We’re talking about abuse of guns. We’re talking about guns that have no real hunting or sporting purpose. But it’s an emotional topic and it is a question of communication. It’s a question of degree.”
Cuomo wants to address what he calls “significant loopholes” in New York’s gun laws, which are already among the most restrictive in the nation.
Sherrill Mayor William Vineall said the Sandy Hook mass murders are part of a complex problem. “It’s not about gun control. It’s about our society, and we need to bring society under control,” he said, “We need to get down to the roots of the problem.”
Vineall said, even with all the gun laws currently on the books, it is still too easy to evade them to obtain certain types of guns. (Read More)
The above article goes on to note how criminals have gotten their hands on guns in New York, despite the already strict laws. No new law is going to change that.
Cuomo’s argument about hunting was just addressed yesterday at Hot Air. Be sure to read it, as this has nothing to do with hunting.
In the interview, Mr. Cuomo did not offer specifics about the measures he might propose, but, while discussing assault weapons, he said: “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.”
He did say he won’t be doing anything during the Christmas holiday, so he’ll wait a week or two.
Update: Linked by Big Pulpit, thanks!