Assemblyman Lancman keeps at Congressman Turner, this time over guns

Friday, January 06, 2012 - 10:23 AM

Assemblyman Rory Lancman wanted a shot at the 9th Congressional District during the special election back in September. Since the man Queens party boss Congressman Joe Crowley picked for the seat, Assemblyman David Weprin, lost to Republican Bob Turner, Assemblyman Lancman has kept up a steady stream of criticism of the new congressman, potentially portending a run against him next year.

Today's critique is over Congressman Turner's position on gun control (something the city takes very seriously).Or, I suppose, lack there of: Turner, according to theQueens Chronicle, won't take a position on a bill to strengthen gun background checks.

“Congressman Bob Turner’s troubling position on guns leaves Queens families and New York’s finest vulnerable,” Lancman said in a statement. “It’s extremely unsettling that someone who represents me and my community would put our safety at risk to satisfy the gun lobby.”

Lancman went on to tout his own record on gun control as an Assemblyman, which earned him an "A" from New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and an "F" from the National Rifle Association.

While Lancman almost certainly has strong philosophical differences with Turner, and vice versa, whether or not he'll be able to turn those into campaign fodder will depend entirely on how the Congressional lines are drawn in redistricting.

Hoping to get a response from Turner's folks on this. I'll post when it comes in.


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Comments [6]

It's not the guns that are the problem in America.  It is the destruction of the American culture as well as the cultural rot that is at the root cause of violence; whether that violence is perpetrated with a bomb, airplane, gasoline, knife, bed post, claw hammer, poison, gun, or any other daily implement of normal life in a free country with a Constitution and a Bill of Rights.

Jan. 09 2012 03:43 AM
Charlie Given Jr

How do you make background checks tougher?  You either can pass or you fail.  Why not start enforcing the laws already on the books before you start passing more?  65,000 denials in one year which lead to 150 prosecutions.  That means 64,850 denials were left to get a gun by other means.  If you aren't going to enforce it, get rid of it.

Jan. 07 2012 02:53 PM
Jimmy Demouk

The only people making their constituents vulnerable are you Mr Lanceman. By denying them their right to defend themselves. When are you and your ilk(anti-2A) going to get it through your thick heads only law abiding citizens bother to wade through the sea of  NY red(commie)tape to avail themselves of their right. Criminals do not.

 I would like to see you pass a law that states.

"only persons over the age of 18(eighteen), who have passed a background check, mental evaluation, and pay a $300 fee may, at our discretion, recieve a permit to enter a church, synagogue, mosque, or other religeous institution. all persons entering such place without proper permit is subject to fines of not less than $10,000 and mandatory 3.5years in prison."

you can substitute " all persons who wish to publish any written or spoken opinions" as well

Denying people their civil rights is a travesty. Any politician who advocates it should be impeached and replaced.

Jan. 07 2012 02:28 PM
Colby Hamilton

Updated it to make that crystal clear.

Jan. 06 2012 11:40 PM

Perhaps this genius Lancman should focus his efforts on ridding New York of the $40 million dollar disgrace of a ballistic imaging system we taxpayers continue to be billed (or, rather bilked) for. Surely he can't be of the opinion that 10 years, $40 million, and 0 convictions is a formula for success. Incidentally, as a police officer and NRA life of duty member,. I will not now or ever support a candidate who has received an "A" rating from NYAGV, a group who would like nothing more than to, quite simply, outlaw all guns and trample the Constitution. Thank you Congressman Turner for defending my rights and shame on you Mr. Lancman.

Jan. 06 2012 08:11 PM

Rory Lancman did not run against Bob Turner in the special election.  It was former councilman David Weprin.

Jan. 06 2012 06:05 PM

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