Anti-Gun Gov. Cuomo Calls for Banishment of Pro-gun Opposition

By Chris W. Cox

NRA-ILA's Chris W. Cox
NRA-ILA’s Chris W. Cox

FAIRFAX, Va. --(Ammoland.com)- Politicians seeking to diminish Second Amendment rights often couch their views in language that hides their true agenda.

But, on January 17 2014, pro-gun advocates were squarely confronted with the contempt in which they are held by some political elites. Speaking on “The Capitol Pressroom” public radio program, Governor Andrew Cuomo labeled gun rights supporters who are “pro-assault weapon” and critical of his so-called safe Act as “extreme conservatives” who “have no place in the state of New York.”

Ironically, this statement says more about Cuomo himself than those he attacks.

Besides being arrogant and dismissive, these comments ignore reality in the Empire State. The safe Act was passed under cover of night, and bypassed normal legislative procedures. Its own proponents obviously knew it would be controversial. Indeed, opposition to the law has been widespread, including among law enforcement groups such as the New York State Sheriffs’ Association. Further, the constitutionality of the act is still being litigated. As noted elsewhere, a case supported by NRA and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association challenging the law is progressing through the federal courts, and parts of the law have already been blocked by a federal judge.

One likely reason Cuomo considers those who defend the Second Amendment to be extreme is that he does not believe the amendment protects an individual right at all. As attorney general of New York, Cuomo signed onto a brief defending the District of Columbia’s handgun ban in the landmark Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller. The brief argued the Second Amendment did not protect an individual right but instead “was intended to protect state sovereignty by restricting the federal government’s ability to regulate gun ownership in ways that would interfere with state militias.”

Following the court’s affirmation of the individual right interpretation, a Gallup poll showed that 73 percent of Americans agreed with the decision, leaving Cuomo in a small minority.

In 1998, as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Clinton administration, Cuomo’s radical push to have the federal government support frivolous lawsuits against the gun industry faced resistance even from within the decidedly anti-gun White House. One White House insider opined that the scheme “smells like Cuomo” and that the Justice Department wouldn’t want to pursue the case.

“How can you blame gun manufacturers for illegal weapons brought into public housing by tenants and non-tenants,” he asked. “Where is the conspiracy?”

Other gun control supporters agreed. In a Dec. 17, 1999, editorial, the Washington Post described the Cuomo supported lawsuits as “disquieting even for those who, like us, strongly support rigorous controls on handguns.” The piece went on to explain it “seems wrong for an agency of the federal government to organize other plaintiffs to put pressure on an industry … to achieve policy results the administration has not been able to achieve through normal legislation or regulation.”

Congress itself implicitly condemned Cuomo’s tactics by passing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in 2005, which effectively barred these sorts of suits against gun manufacturers.

Anti-Gun Gov. Cuomo
In Anti-Gun Gov. Cuomo’s latest outburst, he labeled gun rights supporters as “extreme conservatives” who “have no place in the state of New York.”

Even before Cuomo’s latest outburst, on May 21, 2013, the Albany Times Union reported that a source told them Cuomo “threatened to remove sheriffs from office” if the law enforcement officials did not keep quiet about their opposition to the safe Act. This is consistent with Cuomo’s attempt in 2000 to bully gun makers into signing an agreement supporting several gun control proposals by threatening to exert his influence as HUD secretary to sway municipal law enforcement contracts.

Most tellingly, the so-called “assault weapons” and “large capacity” magazines banned by Cuomo’s “SAFE” Act are among the most popular, fastest-selling arms in the United States. Law-abiding Americans are expressing their disagreement with him with their hard-earned dollars.

Based on Cuomo’s long history of thuggish tactics to advance a radical anti-gun agenda, his recent comments striking at the core of New York’s pluralism are merely the latest example that he is the true extremist. This November, we encourage all NRA members and Second Amendment supporters in the Empire State to deliver just as strong a message that he is not welcome as their governor.

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  • 6 thoughts on “Anti-Gun Gov. Cuomo Calls for Banishment of Pro-gun Opposition

    1. I believe the “esteemed” mr. Cuomo took an oath when assumed his office. Something to do with “support and defend” the Constitution of the U.S. Since he is in the “minority”…get him outta there.
      I personally believe that those politicians who do NOT uphold their oath of office…have no place in the United States.

    2. I know you aren’t supposed to hate anybody but democrats make it so easy. They have lined up with enemies of this country that we have fought wars over – Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, the “cold war” with Russia.

      To paraphrase Cuomo, kinda: Anti-Constitutionalists, i.e., socialists, communists and muslims – anti-Americans have no place in this country. Lying, cheating, thieving traitorous politicians that would give up this nation’s sovereignty through the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (46 Democrats voted for, all Republicans voted against) should have no place in this country.

      Hey, Cuomo – guns are more American than apple pie.

    3. Cuomo would like nothing more than to see the CONSTITUTION removed as the founding documents of this country, like barry he has nothing but hate for the military and for those who own any type of gun. Look what Remington is doing, they are moving from NY and taking HOW MANY JOBS WITH THEM not to mention how many secondary job are going to get shut down because of that move. Because of coumo that state is going to be loosing tens of millions or more per year because of him. Coumo has proven he cares nothing for the CONSTITUTION or anything else that covers any kind or type of protection for the people.

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