“Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo intends to take a lead role in a broad campaign pressing for a crackdown on the improper dealing of firearms,” nytimes.com reports. “swerving into national politics on an issue that has caused him some political heartburn in New York but has become a defining subject of the 2016 presidential campaign.” Whoa. Hang on a second there, Hoss. Gun control is a defining subject in the 2016 Presidential campaign? If Hillary Clinton dodges an FBI probe-shaped bullet, gets the Democratic nomination and doubles down on say, an assault weapons ban, I like the Republican nominee’s chances. As long as it’s not Bush. Speaking of politicians I don’t like . . .
Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, has pledged to throw his weight behind the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, one of the country’s most prominent gun control groups, in an as-yet-unannounced effort demanding that the Justice Department more closely scrutinize so-called bad apple gun merchants, according to people familiar with the campaign.
We’ve been down this road before. Once again, The Brady Campaign wants to vilify gun dealers who legally sold legal products that end up as “crime guns.” This guilt by association campaign was and will be an attempt to restrict gun sales by picking off the low-hanging fruit. Once the antis have punished or shut down these “improper” dealers they’ll raise the bar to shut down other gun dealers. Yes, punish.
To start, Mr. Cuomo will be among the chief signatories of a letter to Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, to be released as early as next week, urging the Justice Department to punish what the Brady Campaign describes as a small fraction of gun dealers who sell an overwhelming share of weapons used to commit crimes. He has promised to lobby other governors around the country to join in the push.
Andrew’s enthusiasm for anti-gun agitprop should come as no surprise. If nothing else, his sister is on the board of the Brady Campaign. If nothing else, Cuomo is looking to draw heat away from his failure to enforce every last bit of the unconstitutional SAFE Act and keep sliding down the slippery slope of New York-flavored gun control.
An aide to Mr. Cuomo signed a memorandum with Republicans in the Senate this year suspending background checks for ammunition because of the “lack of adequate technology” that would allow such a system to function.
Leah Gunn Barrett, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, said her organization was in “constant contact with the governor’s office about getting the ammunition background check database up and running.” She added that the group was also pushing the state to pass laws creating a registry of lost and stolen weapons and requiring people to lock up their guns when not in use.
With the Brady Campaign looking to regain media prominence from Everytown for Gun Safety and Cuomo looking to raise his national profile, this is gonna get interesting – in a nauseatingly familiar sort of way.