Anti-gun groups love to present themselves as non-partisan. They want you to believe that gun control is a non-partisan issue, that it’s something that transcends political lines. That people on both sides of the aisle or on neither side alike support their “sensible gun safety” policies.
Of course, it’s all a bunch of male bovine excrement. While there are exceptions on either side, the lines are mostly pretty clear. If you have Democrats in power, you end up with gun control.
Just look at Virginia.
In New York, which isn’t a particularly pro-gun state anyway, Democrats now have the state senate in their grasp. The result, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s personal holy war against state residents’ civil liberties has stepped up a few notches.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is proposing six gun control bills in his budget and more than two dozen more are active in the legislature this first election year since Republicans lost the State Senate majority and the power to block firearms measures.
“We should not deny our communities and our state this opportunity that has been granted to us, of controlling both houses and the governor’s office, to pass tough measures of gun control in this session,” said Assmb. Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn), who has sponsored several gun control bills.
“I would say this can be one of the biggest years when you go to the history book,” Ortiz said in an interview. “New York State will finally be able to move forward to have real gun control reforms in place.”
This year, Cuomo proposes:
- Prohibiting “ghost guns,” which would bar individuals who can’t legally possess a firearm from buying separate parts, then assembling an untraceable gun or shotgun.
- Authorizing courts to seize guns from the scene of a domestic violence incident.
- Denying firearm permits and licenses to an applicant who committed certain misdemeanors deemed serious in another state. Current law already denies permits and licenses to New Yorkers if they commit serious misdemeanors within New York.
- Requiring all crime gun data including ballistic records to be kept in a centralized database for use by law enforcement.
- Sharing “flags” of mental health concerns about gun owners to officials in other states.
- Creating a “domestic violence misdemeanor” that could deny firearms from an abuser upon conviction.
Of course, none of this is particularly new. Cuomo is a lot of things, but “creative” isn’t really one of them, apparently. He’s marching to the Bloomberg-funded drum and doing as he’s told.
Again, though, this isn’t all that’s being pushed in New York state.
No, not by a longshot. This is just what Cuomo is pushing. His fellow travelers in the state also are pushing gun control as well.
In New York, other active bills in the legislature would add a 10-day waiting period for the purchase of rifles and shotguns; prohibit any child younger than 12 from attending gun shows; adopt “Nicholas’ Law” to require firearms to be locked away when not in use; create the “Safe Homes Act” that would immediately remove firearms from the site of domestic violence until a court decides they should be returned; require a gun violence prevention program in schools; prohibit many .50-caliber rifles; and provide tax credits for purchasing gun safety equipment such as safes.
This is what they want to pass in New York. What’s worse is that I expect a lot of this to actually go through. I sincerely hope even New York won’t stoop to banning kids from attending gun shows with their parents–they can see R-rated movies with their parents, plenty of which feature guns being used to commit violence by bad people, but not a place where guns are simply on display? Sure. That makes perfect sense–but I can’t say definitively that they won’t.
Yes, things are just that bad.
If you’re a New Yorker, you need to make your voices heard. With a bit of luck, you can stop this insanity.
For those of us in pro-gun states, reach out and do what you can to help our brothers and sisters in New York battle this. They need help, so let’s give it to them.