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Cuomo Vows Tougher Gun Laws in New York

The governor said recently that gun violence has "reached an undeniable point."

Gov. Cuomo has vowed to pass new state laws to crack down on gun violence in New York, following the shootings in Wisconsin and Colorado, says the New York Post.

“The gun violence has reached an undeniable point,” Cuomo told the paper. “It’s hard for anyone to refute the damage that’s being done.

Cuomo has come out in support of a new micro-stamping law, requiring the use of laser technology to identify shell casings fired by semiautomatic weapons.

In June, the bill passed the Democratic-run Assembly, but was blocked in the Republican-led state Senate, though Cuomo said he will try to come up with a “consensus package.”

Mayor Bloomberg stands behind micro-stamping as well, but gun-rights advocates say there is no need for tougher laws in New York.

“New York already has the toughest gun laws in the nation — and clearly, as evidenced in New York City, they are not working,” NYS Rifle & Pistol Association President Tom King told the Post.

Kourtney August 08, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Six dead in the Bronx last night because of shootings, I am all for stricter gun laws!!
Patti August 08, 2012 at 05:15 PM
It's becoming like the Wild West. What is it the Republican State Senate finds so disturbing that they block a new law geared toward safety. Why are semiautomatic weapons even on the market?
Parksloper August 08, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I hate it when those guns go off by themselves. In other news, how many people were killed by cars, and when are cars going to be banned?
Dudley Escobar August 08, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Actually gun-related crime is lower than it's been since the 1950s. But don't let facts get in the way of political posturing.
Dudley Escobar August 08, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Also, how many of those shootings were committed by registered gun owners? I'm guessing zero. Restricting the rights of otherwise law-abiding citizens isn't going to do anything at all to keep us safer.
Patti August 08, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Stricter gun laws doesn't mean no guns; just let's get a handle on these assault weapons. By all means let's get away from the political posturing as you say except one of the parties is heavily supported by the way right wing of the NRA.
Dudley Escobar August 08, 2012 at 07:59 PM
The NRA donates almost as much, or in some recent years, more money to Democratic political candidates than Republican candidates. And in any case, the NRA makes very few and very small campaign donations. They're really not a big player. Americans love their guns, whether they be right, left, red, blue, conservative, liberal or otherwise. During the 80s and 90s Democrats realized they were losing major chunks of otherwise left-leaning voters due to their support for stricter gun control. It really doesn't matter whether banning all guns will make us safer or not...politically, it's a losing position to maintain.
arugula August 08, 2012 at 08:06 PM
pg 1 of 2 --What NEEDS to be done in the name of justice and to address illegal guns is this. If they frisk you and you have a gun you will be arrested and charged. If you do not have a weapon they need to let you go on your way and never issue a ticket or arrest you for having a little some pot on you. It starts a RECORD and will foul their attempts to get good employment, etc later. Starting them early on a downward spiral that is incredibly hard to overcome.This is a barely disguised method of feeding young minority kids into the prison system and has proven beyond any shadow of a doubt to destroy lives. This is racist and it is deliberate. The private prison industry has paid many millions to get more and more restrictive and unjust laws passed in order to keep their prisons full so they can make a bigger profit. Then they can use prisoners as cheap or free labor they charge for, taking jobs off the mainstream - yay! MORE profit for them at the cost of human lives.. This is a form of slavery designed to keep pulling you back into the system, despite your best efforts, forever. You have to be a moron, blindingly bigoted or brainwashed not see it.
arugula August 08, 2012 at 08:07 PM
pg 2 of 2 - I am sure Bloomberg knows and approves. He is an oligarch from head to toe and it shows in how he treats the residents of NYC. HE steals our property through the abuse of eminent domain and destroys vibrant neighborhoods to give to his pals (brooklyn navy yards - atlantic yards) doe pennies...unless they are rich, bloated thieves who consider us to be serfs of their domain and worthless except for abuse.... That said I know that the 1% are closing in on us and that the constitution mandated that we be able to protect ourselves from oppression by the wealthy... how could they have imagined the weapons we have today or the utter lack of morals these monsters have attained?
Dudley Escobar August 08, 2012 at 08:12 PM
arugula, I was with you until you had to throw in the 1% crap. That silliness has no place in intelligent conversation. We are not college students at a protest and nobody cares about that stupid, bumper-sticker politics.
arugula August 08, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Because, Patty, the megatrillionbucks arms industry is the BIGGEST, most profitable, most corrupt AND MOST COVERT industry in the world... because the power of military superiority can be bought and that means the less-than-1% can do a anything they want to anyone they want anywhere they want any time they want and not ever be held to account. Power is an addiction .... the most powerful iaddiction of all and we all know how compelling addiction is. Imagine an addict who can indulge and never have anyone stop, arrest or even peep at them. Got that image? It is the image of much of our current ruling bodies...certainly it is at the heart of the corporate-owned GOP and 85% corpoprate owned and muzzled American media.
arugula August 08, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Please note that as our crime rates go down police brutality soars and the constitution is being asphixiated by the weight of HLS, the Patriot acts [I, II and III] and twisted forms of religion perpetrated by the used car salesmen preachers teaching footbll stadiums of people to absorb automatically and in unison... to blindly accept without thought whatever these charming charismatic Elmer Gantrys tell them they believe. Nobody is going to tell the NRA what to do and get away with it. The list is long but we have basically the same fight that pre-American revolutioanaries faced. The atruggle against rule by the troops of the wealthiest and throwing off the yoke of tyranny and enslavement. The NRA is the home-based spine of ammunition and is tied to bigger manufacturers of arms than is generally visible to us. Sometimes you meet people in the industry or the military who knw exactly what's going on and who love their constiution more than money.. these people talk and they are all telling the same story too.... you should hear what vets are saying once they are safely out of the military... there are even troops still in service are working to be heard and let Americans know how our miltary lies to us and does unspeakable acts for the sake of them selves ONLY!
arugula August 08, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Let's please get some things straight, Dudley-- I believe we needed guns to free and later protect us from the 1% (UK monarchy) of that time just as I believe the 2nd amendment is all about our being able to protect ourselves from the re-imergance of rule by wealth, kings and military oligarchs taking away our constitution and our freedoms. I love guns and I was married to a hunter who assisted out budget with fresh meat as many Americans do. With a truck garden, delivering firewood we chopped on the side and some hunting and fishing you can live on small amounts of money and still be happy and be free!!! I am no kid and I use the language of young people simply because I work with them and I get a lot of word usage from them and my grandchildren who are not babies either. I counseled vets for many years and knew people working in the fields of defense and know some prize-wiining journalists who were in war zones and knew about other things the general public doesn't know. Don't think you can actually dispel what I know because you don't like my phrasing of what you don't want to hear..
arugula August 08, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I was in NYC on 9/11 and I promise you that hundreds people - and first responders- EMT, firemen, police- (nobody ever says it, but EMT are always the first responders in a crisis and they are the one who have to scrape the mangled off the pavement and work to keep them alive,, they do an heroic job and the credit always goes to the also courageous police and firemen... you never heard about special funds or college money set aside for for the kids and amilies of dead or sick EMT first responders- just wanted to tell people) heard and saw things that give the LIE to the official story. Just because I use current terms to label who I am talking about (the wealthiest) does not make what I say crap or untrue Just because I don't use YOUR terminology. .. give it a break. The NRA is the domestic representative of an arms industry coiled around the globe. It is connected to things many Americans cannot bear to know.. I used to be more innocent too...
arugula August 08, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I didn't mean to speak like I was talking AT new yorkers... I just find myself confronted with people who were not here and swallow the most obvious lies the Gov't tells... I am kinda zeroed in on Dudley who tried to minimize me by mislabeliong me and what I was saying. You don't HAVE to believe me.. but a little courtesy would be good. You learn a LOT from vets ...... especially if you are listening to what so many of them are trying to tell us now.....
Ladydi69126 August 09, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Bloomberg could give a Rats behind. He is just worried about bike lanes, women not feeding kids formula and 32 oz sodas. he needs to go now Lets see what Como can accomplish besides closing prisons
Sara August 09, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I get the argument that it's people that kill people not guns, but I gotta say that it's a whole lot harder to kill someone if you don't have a gun. And it should be near impossible to get one. There is no reason why civilians need them. None. ESPECIALLY automated weapons that are always used in shootings...

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