Cuomo lays out gun agenda

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during his State of the State address, said he would like to strengthen New York's ban on assault weapons -- such as these confiscated by the Maine State Police. AP Photo/Maine State Police
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In his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out a seven-point plan to address “the plague and scourge of gun violence” during the upcoming legislative session.

In the days leading up to the speech, it was expected the governor would lay out an agenda to strengthen and expand the state’s already tough laws, and Cuomo gave a special nod to the importance of firearms reform before beginning his speech.

Cuomo honored the families of Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, the two West Webster, N.Y., firefighters who were killed in an ambush Christmas Eve, and Rochester’s chief of police called on the state to lead the nation in protecting its citizens and first responders from gun violence.

But Cuomo spoke for more than an hour — starting with his jobs and economic development initiatives and laying out ideas on education, energy and upstate tourism — before getting into the meat of his gun-control proposals.

“In the area of public safety, gun violence has been on a rampage as we know firsthand and we know painfully,” he said matter-of-factly after speaking animatedly about women’s rights. “In one word, it’s just enough. It has been enough. We need a gun policy in this state that is reasonable, that is balanced, that is measured.”

The governor, who owns a Remington shotgun himself and said the idea was not to take away hunters’ guns, laid out seven initiatives he would like to see the state Legislature tackle this year.

They include enacting the nation’s toughest assault weapons ban, closing the gun show loophole that allows private transactions without a background check and banning high capacity magazines.

“It’s simple: No one hunts with an assault rifle,” he said toward the end of his 90-minute speech. “No one needs 10 bullets to hunt a deer.”

Cuomo also called for tougher penalties for illegal gun possession charges to make it harder for the mentally ill to acquire firearms, to ban direct ammunition sales over the Internet and to require a background check for large ammunition purchases.

“The agenda we lay out today is clearly the most ambitious agenda of the three I have outlined in the State of the States,” Cuomo said. “We need to do everything we’ve been doing. We also need to address the plague and scourge of gun violence.”

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4574.

Updated 2:40 am, January 11, 2013
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LOU from BAYSIDE says:

Gun grabbers actually want your guns so they can murder you with them
The real agenda of gun grabbers has now become crystal clear: They want to kill gun owners and anyone who doesn’t bow down to the Hitlerian madness of the Obama administration.
Last night on the Piers Morgan show on CNN, guests openly threatened Alex Jones’ children with being killed, and then one guest openly suggested that Piers Morgan shoot Alex Jones with an AR-15 — followed by laughter from the other guests on the show. It is a felony crime to threaten to murder a person, yet none of these guests who appeared on Piers Morgan have been arrested.
That astonishing video is available here:…
This is nothing short of a death threat aired on national television. This is what the gun grabbers really want: to TAKE your guns so they can SHOOT you with them.
It’s all coming out. This is their true agenda: mass murder and / or genocide. Those who support gun disarmament of the American people are supporting mass murder: Michael Moore, Piers Morgan, Biden, Obama, Cuomo… they are all proponents of mass murder. They are the very same kind of people who once supported Hitler and Stalin, and now they’re creating a new Hitler in Barack Obama, the would-be dictator who is thrusting America straight into a new civil war.
Read history: Gun confiscation leads to mass murder by government (“democide”)
As firearms instructor Paul Howe wrote recently, history teaches us harsh lessons about government disarmament of citizens:
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.
Those are 56 million deaths that fall onto the hands of people like Obama, Biden, Morgan, Bloomberg, Cuomo and anyone who calls for gun confiscation. YOU are the mass murderers who make the Sandy Hook shooting look like nothing in comparison.
It now appears Obama is going to go down in history as the U.S. President who brought us to a second civil war, where the goal of the radical left is to exterminate anyone who believes in liberty.
American are arming for war
Lock and load, friends. The darkest chapter in American history is fast approaching. Meanwhile, Americans are arming up like never before. As the Washington Free Beacon is reporting today, “Folks are grabbing just about any gun they can get their hands on…”
Keep in mind the simple fact that Americans are NOT buying guns just so they can turn them in. Record gun sales everywhere across the country are a sign that Americans are arming for WAR against the radical left.
Over ten million firearms were purchased in December alone, and today there’s hardly a gun left on any store shelf anywhere in the country. Ammo inventories have also been wiped out nearly everywhere. Same story with rifle magazines. Bottom line? Over the last 30 days, the American people purchased and took home nearly every handgun, rifle, shotgun, magazine and bullet that was for sale across the entire country.
To repeat: These items were NOT purchased just to turn them in to the government. They were purchased to defend the Republic against anti-American traitors and tyrants. We cannot help but conclude America is headed into civil war if the criminals in Washington actually try to ban guns.
Here’s the video where Piers Morgan guests openly laugh about murdering Alex Jones and his children:
Jan. 10, 2013, 7:08 am

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