Is Cuomo's Anti-Gun Push An Attempt To Save His Career?

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been on something of an anti-gun tear lately. After all, he declared a state of emergency regarding “gun violence” in his state among other things.

This move comes amid a number of scandals including allegations of sexual harassment by multiple staffers and the realization that his order requiring nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients may have resulted in thousands of deaths among the elderly.

None of those look good for the Democrat.

In fact, things are so bad, some are wondering if this is really just an attempt to save his career.

It’s an interesting theory, but I don’t buy it.

On one hand, it would be easy to look at Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for examples of people who managed to save their careers with a gun control push.

With Northam, his career was threatened when a photo surfaced of him in blackface during his college time. With Trudeau, it was brownface while he was attending a costume party. In both cases, the impacted politician announced they were going to focus on gun control and the media simply rolled over and pretended the scandal never happened.

However, their previous efforts on gun control were practically non-existent. Both Northam and Trudeau may have supported it, but they weren’t really pushing it.

On the other hand, Cuomo has been a believer and supporter of gun control for quite some time. He’s pushed for numerous regulations and instituted his own personal jihad against the NRA. This was all years before any of the scandals erupted.

Now, his support for gun control may also be why those scandals are so heavily downplayed in the media, but they most definitely pre-dated it.

While Cuomo has ramped up the efforts lately, it’s far more likely that it’s precisely what Cuomo claims, a response to the growing violent crime problem that is plaguing so many of our cities.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not defending Cuomo here. His gun control push is, at best, wrong-headed and I have held him responsible for those nursing home deaths since he issued his order during the worst of COVID, to say nothing of me believing his accusers. In short, there’s every indication he’s a dirtbag.

But being a dirtbag doesn’t mean he isn’t pushing his anti-gun agenda at the moment for the exact reason he claims. Oh, he personally may not believe it’ll do any good, but enough of his constituents think it’ll work that he has every reason right there to do it. However, I also think he believes it’ll work, too.

Regardless, let’s not get too hyped on the idea that this is an effort to save his career. It would be nice to believe he’s running scared, but since these recent moves are entirely consistent with what he did before the scandals broke, there’s no reason to think it’s anything other than more of the same.

On the other hand, it would be nice to see his career end because of those very same scandals. Unfortunately, even if it does, the next guy isn’t likely to be pro-Second Amendment as things currently stand in New York.

Jul 31, 2021 8:30 AM ET