Cuomo: People Who Oppose Gun Law Are Paranoid Extremists
I’d go with anti-oppressive Constitutional realists. But that’s just me.
Referring to the NRA lawsuit against New York state which contests the constitutionality of the SAFE Act as “propaganda”, Governor Cuomo proceeded to lay into those who oppose the law as paranoid extremists devoid of facts.
Via Capitol Confidential:
What the extremists do is spread fear and unrealistic theories of conspiracies and the citizenry that needs to be armed because the government is possibly tyrannical, and they need their arms to defend themselves against the tyrannical government,” Cuomo continued. This is true: at gun rallies, I’ve heard this “slippery slope” line of argument from multiple attendees. They view the right to bear arms as a kind of check against government power.
Malarchy, Cuomo said.
“Common sense. Cool heads. Moderation. And remember there’s a majority of people in this state, this nation [that support gun control measures] and they have rights, too. It’s not just the Second Amendment right. People have a right to be safe,” he said. “Criminals and the mentally ill don’t have a right to a gun. They don’t. And you need a system and government regulation to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.”
“These people are spreading fear because the facts don’t work for them,” Cuomo said.
First off, the Second Amendment is an absoulte right guaranteed by the Constitution. It can not be trumped by a made up generalization such as “people have a right to be safe”. Assuming that Second Amendment advocates getting their way will result in people being less safe makes Cuomo sound … well … paranoid.
Second, you can’t complain about people “spreading fear” a few seconds after saying your anti-gun legislation grants people the “right to be safe”. That’s spreading fear.
Third, your strongest argument is in keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. But that was something insisted upon by Republicans in the bill, not you.
Fourth, it doesn’t matter whether or not people buy into the theory that they need a gun to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. The Second Amendment was put in place for that very reason, and whether or not you believe it is nonsense is completely irrelevant. The Founding Fathers were indeed referring to such a scenario when they granted this right – they weren’t debating the merits of deer hunting.
Fifth, I’ll take a paranoid extremist who follows the Constitution over a paranoid extremist who spits upon the Constitution any day.