If at first you don’t succeed, try pushing your abject failure on the entire country:
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 at Kings County Hospital Center, said a Cuomo spokesman.
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.
Gabay, the Cuomo Administration lawyer who was shot, was struck when a gang-banger opened fire with an illegally-owned MAC-10 submachine gun. The firearm was used by a criminal who violated numerous state and federal gun laws to acquire the weapon, along with a few dozen more against assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder.
Cuomo has not offered a single policy, ever, that would have prevented the Monday morning shooting.
Precisely two people have been murdered with legally-owned machine guns in the past 81 years after automatic firearms were heavily regulated by the National Firearm Act in 1934.
Cuomo rammed through the NY SAFE Act after the Sandy Hook shooting in hopes that the poorly-written and hastily-passed law would increase his chances of becoming a viable 2016 Democrat presidential candidate.
Those chances quickly evaporated, as law enforcement officers have refused to enforce some provisions of the draconian law for being blatantly unconstitutional, and even Cuomo’s own administration admitted many parts of the law were completely unworkable. Cuomo was further embarrassed just months ago when it was revealed that New Yorkers refused to register 95-percent of the guns that NY SAFE branded as “assault weapons.”
Cuomo would push his laughably inept failure nationwide.
New York, like the rest of the nation, has no interest at all in what he has to say on the matter.