“Gov. Cuomo spoke Monday about First Deputy Counsel to Empire State Development Carey Gabay, 43, who was shot in in Crown Heights about 3:40 a.m.. ” nydailynews.com reports. “‘We passed the toughest gun control law in the the nation, called the SAFE Act and I am proud of it. Anyone who doesn’t believe we need to do something about gun control is delusional. We can protect the Second Amendment and legitimate gun owners, but we also need to protect people. How many young innocent people need to die before this nation comes to its senses? And this is a terrible terrible painful loss, and all unnecessary.” As we reported earlier . . .
Gaby was shot during a shootout at the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade – that included a fatal stabbing. (Somehow that didn’t ping Cuomo’s political radar.) Furthermore, the Governor made his statement without any information about the source of the “crime gun” or detailed information on the shooter’s motives – not that Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms is subject to arguments about social utility or the democratic process.
Here’s the rest of Cuomo’s plea for additional gun control, recommending new federal laws to curb “gun violence”:
There’s violence in the city of New York, right? There’s violence around the parade, but there’s violence all around this country. And violence is one thing — gun violence kills, more than violence with anything else. And we’ve learned the lesson. How many mentally ill people have to get a gun and kill young children? How many criminals have to get a gun and kill innocent people, before this nation is going to say we have to do something.
I’m proud of what we did in the state. But unless you do something nationwide, we’re getting guns in this state from other states. And it is a terrible, terrible painful loss.
It’s personal to me because I know this young man — so beautiful, so giving, so kind. So unnecessary, really so unnecessary. Really so unnecessary. And I was just with the family, and the tears and the frustration. And I’m governor of the state of New York, and there’s nothing I can say. And there’s nothing I can do. And sometimes it just hurts.”