Flashback- January 2013: NBC News “New York lawmakers on Tuesday approved the toughest gun control law in the nation, expanding the state’s existing assault weapons ban and addressing gun ownership by those with mental illnesses in the first major legislative action in response to the Newtown, Conn., school massacre.”
January 2013: ABC News ” Today New York became the first state to pass a gun control law — the toughest in the nation — since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre last month.”
Bloomberg’s claim: “We’re certainly going to keep working on getting guns off the streets, out of the hands of criminals and people withmental problems.”
Instead of enforcing laws already on the books, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg attacked legal, law abiding gun owners with by imposing the “toughest assault weapons ban in the country,” bans “high capacity” magazines, as well as universal background checks, among other things.
They did this against the advice of New York law enforcement.
“We as police officers are on the front lines of public safety,” wrote Thomas Mahar, president of the Albany Police Officers Union in a letter to Cuomo and state legislative leaders. “Respectfully, none of you are. We see, feel, work, and live with the effects of gun violence in the way you do not… you know that this shameful SAFE Act was about ideology and politics and not about making anyone safer.”
Bllomberg is also going after politicians, Republican and Democrat alike, that are not on board with following New York’s example.
New York Times on Bloomberg, June 1, 2013 ” The mayor, whose net worth is estimated at $27 billion, has repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to use his money to fight for gun control. Last year, he bankrolled an $11 million campaign largely focused on building support for federal regulations to reduce gun violence, and this year, his political action committee spent $2.3 million to defeat candidates who opposed gun control in a special election for an Illinois House seat. Also this year, the mayors’ coalition hired a team in Minnesota and pushed, unsuccessfully, for expanded use of background checks. It helped lead successful efforts in more liberal states, including Maryland, Delaware and Connecticut.”
Let’s look at today’s headline for New York, with the “toughest,” and “strictest,” gun laws in the country and one that Bloomberg wants all states to pass.
What Bloomberg and Cuomo did was strip law abiding citizens of weapons and large capacity magazines, but the criminals, killers, don’t abide by the laws, which is the exact argument Second Amendment supporters have made time and time again
How are those “strict” gun laws doing for you Mr. Bloomberg? Mr. Cuomo? Anyone?