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Cuomo Dampens Expectations on Gun Control Agreement

Thursday, January 10, 2013

One day after legislative leaders said they believed a deal was achievable and could come this week, Governor Cuomo now says there is no timeline, for when or if a deal on anti gun measures will be reached.

Proposals include tightening the state’s ban on assault weapons, strengthening penalties against illegal guns, and reforming mental health policy. But the governor says he’s still pushing lawmakers.

“To be blind to this issue, given the number of tragedies and the amount of blood shed, I think would be a dereliction of your public service responsibility,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said he thinks Republicans in the State Senate may be worried about backlash from “extremists” in the NRA.

The governor made his remarks just before another school shooting was reported in California.

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Comments [1]

Tuomas from Upstate

A "dereliction of your public service responsibility"? Since when is lockstep agreement with a governor the "responsibility" of state legislators? Cuomo is a schoolyard bully who is trying to strong-arm the Legislature into rubberstamping his agenda. It's all about making him look strong for his 2016 Presidential bid.

Call me cynical, but a seven-round magazine limit is a macabre joke, as if it's somehow acceptable to shoot seven people but not ten. The rationale that this will enable to tackle the shooter while he is reloading is even sicker. The victims at Sandy Hook were five and six years old. Is this the best response they can come up with?

We need a serious discussion about mental health. The gun control issue is a dog-and-pony sideshow. The Governor should be ashamed of himself.

Jan. 14 2013 04:34 AM

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