Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Critics assail Cuomo's gun deal as secret, rushed

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation January 15, 2013 that many are now saying is now some of the toughest gun legislation in the United States.  Others, such as the National Rifle Association, are calling it one of the most brazen examples of trampling on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.

The legislation limits the number of bullets allowed in gun magazines while at the same time strengthening New York's existing ban on assault weapons.  It also changes the way mental health care services will be provided and extends those service for an additional six months.

Many will be tempted to compare the swiftness of this legislation to the example set by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder when he rammed through the so-called "Right-to- Work" laws in Michigan. Is Cuomo's masterful manipulation equal to  Snyder's swiftness?  Is this a new governance trend about to begin?

A major difference is that Cuomo's legislation passed by a majority of New York's Senate, which is led by Republicans.  That can't make the NRA very happy.  The state's House of Representatives has a Democratic majority, which passed it by a wide margin as well.

Look for other states to follow New York's lead.  The NRA will be formidable, but quite a few poles show the American public is re-thinking its stand on gun control.

The next wave of legislative responses to the massacre at Sandy Hook will come when President Obama releases his plan to combat what many see as a defining issue for his presidency: mass killings of citizens with assault-type weapons.

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