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Here We Go: NY Governor Cuomo on Gun Control – ‘Confiscation Could Be an Option’

Yesterday, New York Senator Chuck Schumer had this to say, reassuring Americans that any idea about guns being taken away was simply paranoia:

“The NRA, you know, used to be, when I was in summer camp, I took NRA sharpshooter lessons. I have a few merit badges. And it used to be like the AAA, you know, it was helpful with safety and insurance. How did it change? Two ways. One, in the 1980s, there was a big fight within the NRA and more militant people took over. And they started stoking the paranoia. But, because crime was so high in areas like mine, lots of progressives said, ‘Hey, let’s ban handguns. Let’s get raid of all guns.’ And that fed on the paranoia. So we should come back and say we’re not going to take away your gun if you’re a law-abiding citizen. The second amendment is as important as the first but you have to admit that no amendment is absolute like the NRA’s position is today.”

And speaking of stoking paranoia, Governor Cuomo doesn’t appear to be in sync with Senator Schumer, having now suggested some possibilities for new gun control policies – including ‘confiscation’ and ‘forced buyback’.

Via the Right Sphere:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday that he had started discussions with leaders of the State Legislature about new gun control measures, and that he planned to propose a package of gun legislation in his State of the State address on Jan. 9.

“There’s a big difference of opinion on these issues,” Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said in an interview on an Albany radio station.

The New York Assembly, controlled by Democrats, has voted for a number of proposed gun control measures in recent years, only to have the legislation falter in the Senate, which has been controlled by Republicans. (Starting next month, the Senate is to be led by a coalition of Republicans and a breakaway faction of Democrats.)

In the interview, Mr. Cuomo did not offer specifics about the measures he might propose, but, while discussing assault weapons, he said: “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.”

That is simply spouting off at the mouth.  There is no possible manner in which gun confiscation could end well for anybody involved.

Rusty Weiss

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.

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