Cuomo: Gun Control Would Have Never Happened If Public Was Allowed to Review It
January 30, 2013  //  By:   //  Gun Control, New York  //  19 Comments

In order to pass the New York SAFE Act, which substantially erodes a citizens Constitutionally granted Second Amendment right to bear arms, Governor Cuomo had to circumvent his own state Constitution.  That document has an amendment requiring a three-day public review of all laws.  By issuing a “Message of Necessity”, Cuomo was able to pass the law without public scrutiny, with the Senate actually voting on the bill a mere 30 minutes after receiving it.

The process led to State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin to say that, “Moscow would be proud of our state Legislature and Executive Chamber, but every New Yorker should be outraged.”

Now Cuomo is admitting that allowing a three-day public review would have killed the momentum behind his gun control bill.

“Nothing like that will ever happen without a message of necessity,” he said.

Via the Times Union:

“I think we did a great thing,” Cuomo told the Times Union Editorial Board on Monday. “Nothing like that will ever happen without a message of necessity.”

It’s not a revelation that Cumo is a results-over-process guy. But he seems clearly ruffled by criticisms that he’s heavy-handed, like the Times Union’s editorial knocking his use of a message of necessity, to have the bill immediately enacted.

Cuomo began by noting the gun bill was a special circumstance, because now-banned assault weapons would fly off the shelves in any waiting period. Then he began to share blame with legislative leaders who, he said, could have taken his message and still waited to act.

But then he moved into a direct defense of the message of necessity:

“Any pressing piece of legislation, whether it’s the fiscal cliff, any big deal in Washington — it is an evolving situation and you take the vote when you have the vote. It never gets static for three days. That’s not the nature of the beast, because it’s constantly changing,” he said. “Unless you call the vote when you actually have the vote, it’s shifting sands … It will never happen if you put it on the desk for three days. Well, from a process standpoint, wouldn’t it be better if you could do it and put it on the desk for three days? Yes! Yes, I believe that, and that’s why I’ve done fewer than anyone. But if say we’re going to be salve to a process requirement and not get really big things done, then I disagree with you.”

Indeed, Moscow would have been proud.  Perhaps more importantly, bypassing the three day waiting period allowed the bill to be passed without a now publicized Democrat wish list of gun control measures to ever be discussed; a wish list that includes confiscation of guns and ammo, and practically eliminates all semi-automatic weapons on top of so-called “assault weapons”.

Moscow would be proud of Governor Cuomo, indeed.

About the Author :

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

19 Comments to “Cuomo: Gun Control Would Have Never Happened If Public Was Allowed to Review It”
  • Rob Drury
    January 30, 2013 - Reply

    Translation: “We can’t let the people know what we’re doing. If they understand it, they won’t like it, and we won’t get away with it.”

  • Al Schneider
    January 30, 2013 - Reply

    Neither would Andy’s Gay Marriage Law…NEVER…passed…

    EXCEPT…by RAMMING it down our throats!

    That’s the ONLY way…DEMO-NAZIS…get what they want!

  • Mike Edwards
    January 30, 2013 - Reply

    He’s just treating idiots like idiots. Can’t really blame him for that.

  • Kb Cash
    January 30, 2013 - Reply

    If this is “what the public is demanding”, why would he fear a public review?

    • Francis W. Porretto
      January 31, 2013 - Reply

      Cuomo wants you to infer that the “gun lobby” would somehow corrupt the wills of all New York’s legislators, and compel them to vote against “what the public is demanding.” In point of fact, the public is about to rise in a body and throw him out of office over this — but let’s not talk about that. It’s “for the children,” don’t y’know?

  • Shari Sullivan
    January 30, 2013 - Reply

    He’s right in step with the Progressive movement to keep the people in the dark and slowly take away their rights until we all wake up to full fledged Communism. He must be so proud.

  • Miyegombo Bayartsogt
    January 30, 2013 - Reply

    New York has the government it voted for, the government it deserves. My only complaint is New York has excreted its sticky brown Chuck U. Schumer and so many other toxic political hacks upon the national stage. Such vile pollution needs to be kept inside the state cess pool.

  • William Fuzi
    January 30, 2013 - Reply

    Translation Kneel before your king

  • DougN
    January 30, 2013 - Reply

    The constitution doesn’t -grant- any rights. It codifies a few of them and protects them FROM the government, but it is not an all-encompassing list of our individual rights which are endowed to us by our Creator, NOT by our government.

    • Zevyn
      January 30, 2013 - Reply

      What he said.

  • Bob B
    January 30, 2013 - Reply

    This bill should be repealed immediately, or at least held up by a court before being tossed.

  • Norm Levesque
    January 30, 2013 - Reply

    A perfectly Nazis trick to outlaw from behind doors at night. It’s Obamacare all over again, make it the law before anyone knows what’s in it. Cuomo learned the Obama lessons well where in your face is common practice. Where is the public outrage over this ? where are the sign carriers, apparently they are content to be run over by their Governor that is happy he’s done it, and he’ll do it again with no fear of opposition…

  • AccountantCas
    January 30, 2013 - Reply

    Hope someone sues and takes it all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary. They will rule it unconstitutional like they did the D.C. gun law in 1975. You give Libs an inch and they take a mile. What a bunch of traitors they are.

  • Luis Leon
    January 30, 2013 - Reply

    How can such a thing be so? Imagine our country without the Second Amendment. Then, some other amendment, like maybe the First, will seem bothersome to the left. Just saying.

  • robertsgt40
    January 31, 2013 - Reply

    I wasn’t aware a state governor(with 45 cronies) could overrule the US Constitution.

  • James Fitzgerald
    February 26, 2013 - Reply

    This piece of S–T,needs to met the bad end of A gun..For real…..

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