NY Gov Andrew Cuomo: “Pro-Assault Weapon People Have No Place in New York”
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Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York and the architect of last years SAFE Act, certainly isn’t seeking to make any friends across the aisle.
Recently, the governor made some interesting comments during an interview, and he might just have alienated a few people in the process.
According to the Times Union,
… You’re seeing that play out in New York. … The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.
If they’re moderate Republicans like in the Senate right now, who control the Senate — moderate Republicans have a place in their state. George Pataki was governor of this state as a moderate Republican; but not what you’re hearing from them on the far right.”
We’ll ignore the governor’s other statements and focus on our issue, the “pro-assault-weapons” part.
Of course we all know “assault weapons” is a political term for scary looking guns that inherently function no differently than non-scary looking guns. So, what we essentially have the governor saying, among other things, is that the owners of semi-automatic firearms are not welcomed in New York.
Wow, pretty bold statement. Most politicians at least lie and throw out some BS about supporting the Second Amendment on one hand while trying to pass new gun control laws with the other.
I used to not support the idea of moving out of anti-gun states because I saw it as conceding defeat. However, in the case of New York, I think things might be getting too far gone and abandoning ship might be the only course of action. It would at least let other states see what happens to states who shun gun owners. Although, maybe Cuomo is getting a little too cocky with his recent comments and the New Yorkers who live outside of NYC can take back their state government in the coming years. It wouldn’t be easy, but it might be the last chance for New Yorkers to take back their state.
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