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Governor Cuomo Advances Gun Control

Posted on the 17 January 2013 by Anthonyhymes @TheWrongWing

The national sentiment after the Newtown tragedy is currently being harnessed by the left to push through measures to increase gun control. As we wrote earlier, it is a surprise opportunity for President Obama and the left to modernize the archaic system guaranteed under the Second Amendment. Now Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo has just completed the first step in curbing the effects of gun violence. 

cuomo makes progress on guns

Let’s make this country safer

Though the measures are rather small, including better monitoring those with a history of mental illness and reducing the number of bullets carried in a cartridge, it is the first action of what will become a national trend. President Obama has already stated that he favors using executive action to limit the places where guns can go, who can buy them, and to tighten the process of purchasing a firearm. The nation supports him.

Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done under current law. Most courts nationally support the Second Amendment to the letter (except for the “well-regulated” part which we will get to below), meaning that limiting the places where guns can be carried is nearly impossible. Some around the nation even advocate for everyone to bring a gun everywhere, though these people should probably be included on Cuomo’s mental health monitoring list. The hypocrisy is enormous, especially when looking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last year where speakers and attendees proudly defended the second amendment while being forced to leave their guns outside of a no-weapon zone. The entire country should be a no-weapon zone.

Action from President Obama should come swiftly, and should focus on the acquisition of guns, one of the few areas where the government has any control. Considering that there are already nearly the same amount of guns as people in the US, it’s not hard to get your hands on a gun. But if you’re not trained to use a gun, it should be hard to get one. The Second Amendment clearly states a “well-regulated militia.” While the rest of the Second Amendment gets pointed to in defense every time a psycho wants to re-enact Grand Theft Auto, the well-regulated militia part is purposefully discarded. It is simple: trained soldiers can have guns to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. The Second Amendment does not guarantee the rights of crazy people to kill as many schoolchildren as they can.

Finally, for the first time since the Revolutionary War, we are seeing progress.


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