Follow New York’s lead on gun control

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Protecting our most valuable resource — children — is any society’s most sacred duty, but it is a mission that we too often fail to accomplish. And that failure, whether it is in a supermarket parking lot in Tucson, Ariz., or a classroom in Newtown, Conn., is a continuing tragedy that should offend us all and shame us into immediate action.

For too long, we have sat aside and done nothing.

That is, until now. With the passage of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NY-SAFE Act, New Yorkers today have in place the toughest gun control legislation in the country that will help keep the most dangerous weapons and high-capacity magazines off our streets, away from our shopping centers and out of our schools.

But the scourge of gun violence does not end at our state’s borders.

That is why I introduced a resolution, passed by my City Council colleagues, that calls on other states to follow New York’s path toward sensible, common sense gun legislation. I thank Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) for co-sponsoring this resolution and her leadership in moving this resolution through the Council.

While I stand with President Barack Obama’s call for an up-or-down vote on responsible federal legislation, we cannot afford to wait for the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives to act to get weapons of war and high-capacity ammunition magazines off streets.

We in New York City have an interest in seeing our tough gun laws mirrored in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and beyond.

Polls have shown that a majority of Americans are on our side, and though the gun lobby is strong, we are stronger.

New York has cast its lot with protecting our kids. Now it is time for the rest of the nation to act.

James Gennaro

City Councilman

(D-Fresh Meadows)

Posted 12:42 am, March 15, 2013
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Lou from Bayside says:
James Gennaro is a bandstanding governmental hack dancing on the graves of the Sandy Hill children to advance his and Obamas sick obsession. He sheds crocodile tears for the children because this same freak sees no problem at all with thousands of children being ripped up and murdered everyday via abortion of which he and the stinking Democratic party are ardent supporters.Government has caused more murders during the last century. Htler,Stalin,Mao to name a few. You are never getting the guns Gennaro. That is the line in the sand that when it is crossed you will see a fightback the likes of which you have never seen! Disloyal soldiers and police will see a resistance that they can not beat. As Jefferson stated the guns are in the citizens hands because if it is needed they will serve as a last defense against tyrants!
March 17, 2013, 5:56 am
Kevin from Nashville says:
New Yorkers,

Leave your stinkhole of a state and come to Tennessee, where guns are legal, plentiful and welcome.
March 17, 2013, 8:14 am
Henry from Suffolk says:
Hey James, nice job. How much do you actually know about firearms? I bet little to none. That should qualify you as an expert, I guess. As Lou said, you use the children as an excuse for your agenda. I bet the SAFE act has made us all safer. Just ask the six people in Herkimer or maybe the mom who got murdered and daughter was raped near Syracuse. I bet they would agree. Stellar job.
March 17, 2013, 8:41 am
Andrew from Warrenton, VA says:
DANG IT, We don't need Gun Control! We need a dog-gone dislike button...
March 17, 2013, 10:58 am
Alex from Whitestone says:
The only thing you gun lovers lose with manatory registration, and background checks is your ability to remain anonymous. You like to be in the shadows. Unstable folks should not have guns, plain and simple. You militia types think that hoarding military weapons is a way to prevent the bad government from getting you. Guess what, nobody is coming to get you! It's all a mirage! You just like the sense of having a gun and power in your little hands, some male testostone driven fantasy that makes you a weating military clothes makes you a Seal 9 team member, or polishing up your Corvette makes you a lady's man. Go to the gym or have a 32 oz soda instead. Wake up.
March 17, 2013, 3:07 pm
Bill from Manhatten says:
Hmmm..... Unstable folk? Militia "types"? Seal Team 6? Hoorah!

Sorry... I am a licensed medical professional, army veteran, spent my entire adult life either patching up or protecting your rights. Alex, can you say the same?

nY Concealed carry permit holders.... Outside NYC of course.... Have all passed an FBI background check, taken
the appropriate courses, and continue to protect themselves, and indirectly, you.

And, something people forget, the Bill of Rights was written to protect the minority fom the designs of the majority.

According to the FBI, in 2011, there were 6,220 murders nationally by handguns, and only 323 by rifles. More than twice as many people were killed with hands or feet.

BTW, I'm to a gun owner.
March 17, 2013, 9:36 pm
Jay from Former NY says:
There is nothing sensible about NY's obsession with control. This new 'law' is radical and extreme, not to mention unconstitutional. Cuomo is a populist tyrant, who does not care about the rights of New Yorkers. The problem is, the NY media is nothing but a propaganda machine, aiding their tyrannical overlords.
March 17, 2013, 10:40 pm
Jeff from Bayside says:
Alex, Trying to talk sense to a gunaholic is like talking to a bullet with the comprehension of a slug.

They would be happier if like Kevin, they all went to Tennessee where intelligence goes to die....unless they prefer the climate of Arizona. New York would benifit by their loss.

Lou should join and entertain them them with his colorful tales.
March 18, 2013, 12:07 am
Lou from Bayside says:
Fantasy of the New World Order Crowd , and people like Gennaro! Foreign Troops to Confiscate American Guns Under UN Treaty

“Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order … tomorrow they will be grateful.” -Attributed to Henry Kissinger during the 1991 Bilderberg meeting
For those who’ve been wondering how the domestic gun grabbers or the United Nations think they’re going to get away with gun control here at home, one need look no further than Article 15 of the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty.
Many American troops are patriots who understand their oaths to uphold the Constitution, so they can’t be counted upon to confiscate guns. But foreign troops are another story.
Article 15 of the UN Arms Trade Treaty, if ratified, provides for foreign “assistance to implement the Treaty,” and mandates that nations who can provide requested support must do so if requested by member nations. That includes legal, financial, technical as well as “material” assistance to enforce a treaty that declares “recreational, cultural, historical and sporting activities” to be the “exclusively” recognized reasons for lawful private ownership, and which further recognizes the “inherent rights” of the State (i.e. nations under the treaty) to self-defense, but makes no mention of the rights of the individual.
Read the language of Article 15 for yourself:
Article 15
International Assistance
In fulfilling the obligation of this Treaty, States Parties may seek, inter alia, legal assistance, legislative assistance, technical assistance, institutional capacity building, material assistance or financial assistance. States, in a position to do so, shall provide such assistance. States Parties may contribute resources to a voluntary trust fund to assist requesting States Parties requiring such assistance to implement the Treaty.
States Parties shall afford one another the widest measure of assistance, consistent with their respective legal and administrative systems, in investigations, prosecutions and judicial proceedings in relation to the violations of the national measures implemented to comply with obligations under of the provisions of this Treaty.
Each State Party may offer or receive assistance, inter alia, through the United Nations international, regional, subregional or national organizations, non-governmental organizations or on a bi-lateral basis. Such assistance may include technical, financial, material and other forms of assistance as needed, upon request.
Will foreign troops be going door-to-door to ensure compliance with new gun registry policies, imposed limits on ammunition and magazines, or in enforcing outright confiscation? Joint training exercises conducted between U.S. armed forces and various foreign armies have trained to do just that.
In 2010, the Infowars crew covered Operation Vigilant Guard, a joint training exercise in Chicago, in which U.S. troops drilled with Eastern bloc troops to partner in stopping terrorism, dealing with meth dealers and WMDs, as well as in gun confiscation. Countless other exercises have taken place on U.S. soil involving similar joint operations for a martial law occupation with the participation of foreign troops:
March 18, 2013, 6:32 am
Alex from Whitestone says:
Lou, the New World Order is another fantasy that you believe, like the Gov't is coming to get you fantasy. We can see by all the baloney you quote that you are really into the fantasy looney tune conspiracy theories, and psycho ramped up fear campaigns out there. Bet you have a bunker in your basement, a couple months worth of food, lot of guns and knives, and virtually no friends. Life is good, come out and join the world. The real peole live out here in the open.
March 18, 2013, 8:53 am
Lou from Alex says:
Dear Alex. Thanks for your concern. Unfortunately they are not conspiracy theories. All you have to do is examine your dear leader who has a fake social security number from Connecticut. The pied piper of poverty never lived there, wasnt born there. He has it because he is fraud, an invention. He is the cool ,hip,bi racial troubador who has been tasked with destroying this country and raping its resources. Before he can really begin his pillaging , he first must get the guns! He can try, but he wont succeed. The resistance will be swift and severe!
March 18, 2013, 10:43 am
Alex from Whitestone says:
Lou, if the gov't ever wanted your guns, they would get them. You wouldn't have a chance. A swat team would come at you like a lightening bolt, so forget about winning a war like that. All the Obama not a citizen, birth certificate etc. stuff has been debunked. He never said he wanted to take your guns, but your side and the NRA promotes fear that way and stirs up little militia minded guys like you to buy more guns and bullets. It's all about $$$$, not you. Come out of your shell and enjoy the wonderful life out here where the real people live.
March 18, 2013, 1:19 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
Never mentioned the birth certificate but since you opened the can, "Debunked"? What world do you live in ? Its was proven that the "birth certificate" was indeed a forgery.The social security number comes from Connecticut**Fact, the pied piper has no ties nor has he ever had ties to the state of Connecticut. Fact**the pied piper was mentored by and is good friends with Bill Ayers the 60s radical who told an undercover agent that his collection of socialist misfits would be prepared to exterminate up to 25 million Americans who would refuse to follow their program. Fake birth certificate,fake ss # , no one can ever remember seeing him at Columbia University etc etc. He is a fraud. His marriage is a fraud as he is/was a well known member of Rev. Wrights "down low" club essentially a matchmaking service for Chicagoes gay black male professionals! Alex, your mentioning of the birth certificate must be due to your extreme guilt at being an enabler of this most evil fiend. Swat teams,drones whatever, the 50% percent of Americans not living in your delusional secular humanist wasteland will lay waste to those unloyal to the Constitution! Ill follow the founding fathers not Alex from Whitestone!
March 18, 2013, 7:27 pm
Alex from Whitestone says:
All crazy theories you speak of are debunked. Believe the facts not your little comspiracy loveing friends like those birther idiots. So what about Ayers? That was 30 years ago. Are all of your friends "clean". Are you? There is always somebody you associated with in your past that you may not be proud of. So what? Are you one of those idiots who carry around a pocket constitution thinking they know what it says or even means like it is some kind of holy bible? Good, you follow the forefathers, the ones who only permitted the land owners to vote, the ones who hung witches, and killed indians. You deserve that life.
March 19, 2013, 6:20 am
Lou from Bayside says:
Fact: Fake Birth Certificate
Fact: Fake Social Security number
Fact: Cant find one person who actually saw him at Columbia University
Fact: mentor and Friend is Bill Ayers
Fact: His father believed in 100% Taxation
Fact: Attend meetings of secret societies (Bilderberg)
Fact: Member of Rev. Wrights "Downlow club"
Fact: Was part of the elite of Hawaii society growing up, attended prestigious schools etc. so this schtick that he can relate to everyman is BS
Fact: Is a front man for Council on Foreign Relations,Trilateral Group, Bilderberg Group, Military industrial Complex
Fact: Wants to saddle Americans with 'Carbon Taxes' To combat "Global Warming" Now called "Climate Change due to the fact earth hasnt warmed in almost 20 years
Fact: Has killed over 160 innocent children and innocents this year alone in Pakistan thru Drone attacks
Fact: The most ardent supporter of the butchery of Abortion Today!

Want some facts, there is a few!
March 19, 2013, 7:11 am
Alex from Whitestone says:
Facts according to your hate mongering conspiracy side, baloney to the rest of the world. Father believed in 100% taxation,l so what? You want to talk about killing people, look at Bush's record, the wars he started based on lies, and the money it's cost us. Look at Bush military record, his pilot training, where he was stationed, how he was awol most of the time, how his records were whitewashed and disapperared. Obama is a terrific president, and a great example of an accomplished American. Live in your little world Lou while the real world passes you by.
March 19, 2013, 9:01 am
Mohammed from Astoria says:
How can there be a guy who believes all the lies that Lou states as facts in his long winded rants? All scientists agree with global warming, except for a few non-believers who seem to flock together in their little uninformed community. They should look to those who know for the truth as opposed to Fox and the other opiniated shows that have a right wing agenda. He probably believes Obama is a Muslim in hiding too.
March 19, 2013, 9:14 am
Lou from Bayside says:
Quite telling that you were unable to contest any of the facts, and no Mohammed I believe he is a secular humanist who is a ore cursor of the anti Christ.
He hates anyone who believes in god, his actions have been quite clear!
March 19, 2013, 10:58 am
Mohammed from Astoria says:
It figures you are one of those who is looking for the anti-Christ. You probably read those Christian fantasy books like "Left Behind" etc., books that make the authors a lot of money from religion nuts looking for answers to their fears. 666, get in your bunker. One World, get in your bunker. Obama is a Christian, a fact that you cannot stand, and black, a fact you cannot stand even more. Tough, live with him. The ethnics are coming to get you! Better hide.
March 19, 2013, 11:06 am
Lou from Bayside says:
The time honored tactic of the evil left is always as a last resort, when they can not dispute the facts, when all else fails than they interject race. The fact is he is a fraud, anyone who supports or condones him is complicit in his crimes. He is evil, is a fraud and does want to take away the guns! He has purchased 1.6 billion hollow point bullets recently. What do you suppose he intends to use them for. If you stooges could unleash your mind from the false left/right, republican /democrat scam , then and only then could you have an intelligent debate!
March 19, 2013, 1:54 pm
Alex from Whitestone says:
So if you supported Bush then you condone his war crimes? I guess you do by the sound of your rant. You have zero proof that the Gov't wants to do anything with the hollow point bullets except keep them on hand. None. Your facts are way off base, not even facts just right wing Email hate messages and conspiracies that they fl0at around to their lemmings, like you. Go snuggle up to Orly Taitz, or Glen Beck.
March 19, 2013, 3:43 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
1.6 million hollow point bullets recently purchased.not a conspiracy theory but a fact. Look up the purchases under freedom of information. That's 5 bullets for every American ,who said I supported bush. I don't support any of these freaks. My mind has been unlocked from the phony 2 party system. You had a rough day Alex. You couldn't explain away any of the facts presented against your fiendish so called president and his twisted desire for gun confiscation!
March 19, 2013, 4:01 pm
Alex from Whitestone says:
Maybe the bullets were purchased but it is YOU who is theorizing what they are for. Your side's conspiracy theory. Bunk. I don't have to explain your "facts", go to the internet and read what baloney they are. What pary are you? One of those Libertarian lunatics? Based on the bunk you write about, it must be a pretty small party, confined to conspiracy guys like you.
March 19, 2013, 5:34 pm
Chin from Flushing says:
The thought of a Lou-natic with a gun, rifle...or even pea shooter in his hand should make anyone want to ban all fire arms and not just assault rifles. A writer stated that, "you are really into the fantasy looney tune". I think he meant Lou-ney". Get help before you hurt someone or yourself.
March 19, 2013, 11:13 pm
Amanda from Rego Park says:
I agree with Chin, and Alex. Lou, try some meditation and relaxation too but get some help soon. Namaste.
March 20, 2013, 5:10 am
Lou from Bayside says:
The liberal flank suffering guilt pangs for the monster they have enabled can only resort to name calling and false accusations. They can not adress the facts as stated in above posts because they are true!
March 20, 2013, 6:37 am
Alex from Whiteston says:
True in you world, Lou, buy not in the real world.
March 20, 2013, 12:43 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
Fact: Democrats Caved in on Assault Weapons Ban! They knew that resistance would be swift and severe and they caved like the sniveling , pathetic wretches that they are!
March 21, 2013, 5:38 am
Alex from Whiteston says:
They caved because of you Lou, they wanted you to be able to stay home dressed in camoflage and play with your guns and dream of the bad guys from the Gov't coming to get you. Keep dreaming.
March 22, 2013, 12:42 pm

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