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Will Obama Follow Cuomo's Example on Guns?

A storm gathers against the Second Amendment.

By Arnold Ahlert · Jan. 11, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joined the parade of progressives and their media apparatchiks looking to exploit the Newtown massacre. On Wednesday, in the part of his State of the State speech devoted to gun control, Cuomo urged the state legislature to enact the strictest gun laws in the nation. “Gun violence has been on a rampage as we know firsthand and as we know painfully," thundered the governor. "We must stop the madness, my friends. In one word, it's just 'enough.' It has been enough. We need a gun policy in this state that is reasonable, that is balanced, that is measured.”

Such descriptions are in the eye of the beholder. What Cuomo outlined would give the Empire State the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. “Number 1: Enact the toughest assault weapon ban in the nation, period!” he shouted. “Number two, close the private sale loophole by requiring federal background checks. Number three, ban high-capacity magazines. Number four, enact tougher penalties for illegal gun use, guns in school grounds and violent gangs. Number five, keep guns from people who are mentally ill. Number six, ban direct Internet sales of ammunition in New York. Number seven, create a state check on all ammunition purchases,” he added.

In a radio appearance on December 20, Cuomo attempted to emphasize the idea that he does not want to take away peoples' guns and that he himself is a gun owner. “My position is this…there is a balance here and I understand the rights of gun owners, I understand the rights of hunters,” he told radio host Fred Dickers. “As you know, I have a gun.” According to a spokesman for Cuomo, the governor bought a shotgun while he was Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary from 1997 until 2001. Cuomo once used it for hunting, but stopped using it once he became governor. It currently sits in a locked case with a trigger lock on the gun itself.

Thus, it came as little surprise that Cuomo chose to address that particular aspect of gun ownership to make his case on Wednesday. “No one hunts with an assault rifle,” he shouted. No one needs ten bullets to kill a deer! Too many innocent people have died already! End the madness now!“

This is utter sophistry. The framers of the Constitution didn't write the Second Amendment to facilitate hunting. They wrote it so that ordinary Americans could protect themselves from a variety of threats, including would-be totalitarians. And the notion that a magazine capacity of ten bullets or less will keep people safer, while one that holds eleven or more leads directly to a Newtown and therefore must be eliminated, smacks of the "do something” mentality to which politicians resort when they have nothing of substance to offer.

Genuine substance reveals that there are times when ordinary citizens are faced with threats, such as multiple intruders into one's home, or an encounter with a street gang, where a magazine with more than ten bullets may be the difference between life and death. Perhaps a reporter with a bit of honesty or backbone might be willing to ask the governor how many bullets are contained in the magazines of the guns his bodyguards carry to protect him.

The answer to that inconvenient question would undoubtedly inform the overbearing hypocrisy that surrounds this issue. Nothing speaks more clearly to the concept of “do as I say, not as I do” than the self-righteousness of politicians surrounded by armed protectors telling their fellow Americans to “end the madness” that amounts to having the exact same opportunities to protect themselves enjoyed by the political class, as well as many of the self-righteous celebrities and media members looking to exploit tragedies like Newtown.

Furthermore, every one of the aforementioned proposals made by the governor, with the possible exception of keeping guns away from the mentally ill, is made with the full and equally hypocritical knowledge that they will only apply to law-abiding citizens. Since it is impossible to believe that there is even one politician in the entire nation who believes that stricter gun control laws will have the slightest effect on the nation's criminal element, one is left to conclude that disarming law-abiding citizens is nothing more than an effort to make them as dependent as possible on the state to protect them.

Even Cuomo's claim that he would limit the ban to “assault rifles” is pure hokum. The “assault” label, despite what liberals would like you to believe, is a political “catch-all” designation that does not refer to any special “killing machine” feature, but could fit any number of modern firearms. Assault “rifle” is even more complicated. Although the term was once used to refer to semiautomatic rifles beginning around WWll, the definition was so vague that legislators had to list specific models of guns and/or gun characteristics when the assault weapons ban was enacted.

Fully automatic rifles, aka machine guns, have been outlawed for civilians since the National Firearms Act was passed in 1934 – unless they get special permission from the U.S. Treasury Department. Even more daunting for those politicians who think they can somehow stuff the proverbial genie back in the bottle is the reality that there are approximately 270 million firearms currently held by civilians, a number equivalent to almost 89 percent of the entire population.

Yet Cuomo will persist. Undoubtedly he is buoyed by Pew Research Center survey indicating that 49 percent of Americans now believe that controlling gun ownership is a bigger priority than protecting the right to own firearms, while 42 percent said the opposite. Human Events columnist John Hayward explains the meaninglessness of such a poll. “A 'right' is not something that politicians can take away because they disapprove of it, or even because they can persuade some percentage of voters to share their disapproval,” he warns. An unnamed national Democratic strategist put the governor's latest pitch in the proper context. “Everything with Cuomo is politics,” he revealed. “He could have done anything he wanted on gun control in his first two years, but now it's in the headlines.”

That goes double for Joe Biden and the Obama administration. For the two years before the 2010 election, Democrats had complete control of Congress and White House. They did nothing to advance a gun control agenda. Yesterday, Biden met with the NRA, hoping to either win their support, or soften their opposition to limiting ammunition sales and banning assault weapons. The NRA released a statement revealing the meeting was little more than an effort to attack the Second Amendment. “While claiming that no policy proposals would be 'prejudged,' this task force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners–honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans,” it read. “It is unfortunate that this administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen.”

Biden countered with a tiresomely familiar progressive familiar bromide. “I'm not sure we can guarantee this will never happen again, but as the president said, even if we can only save one life it would make sense,” he contended. “And I think we can do a great deal without in any way imposing on and impinging on the rights of the Second Amendment.” Using Biden's “logic,” one could ban anything that has caused a single death. As for doing a great deal without impinging on the Second Amendment, one is left to wonder how that squares with the Vice President's statement that he and the president believe some as-yet-to-be-revealed aspects of the Second Amendment are vulnerable to executive order.

Yet perhaps the most ominous development of the day was Attorney General Eric Holder's reported meeting with large firearms retailers, including Wal-Mart, the nation's largest, and others, such as Bass Pro Shops, and Dick's Sporting Goods. The implications of such a meeting might best be explained by another story reported Monday at the CNS News website. In a Facebook posting, Joe Sirochman, owner of the American Spirit Arms gun manufacturing company, accused Bank of America of freezing his accounts. “After countless hours on the phone with Bank of America, I finally got a manager in the right department that told me the reason that the deposits were on hold for further review–her exact words were–'We believe you should not be selling guns and parts on the Internet,'” he wrote.

Considering Eric Holder's scandal-ridden track record, highlighted by a contempt of Congress citation for his refusal to turn over critical evidence in the Fast and Furious gunrunning investigation, it isn't much of a stretch to think that he would be more than willing to put the full force and fury of the Justice Department behind an effort to get gun retailers to “reconsider” their commitment to selling firearms. For an administration that believes the president is capable of bypassing Congress completely to get the gun control measures he wants, intimidation by the Attorney General is small beer by comparison.

Thus, from Cuomo and Biden, to Holder and President Obama the progressive agenda regarding gun control is being laid bare, as is the transparent effort to get something done as quickly as possible so that raw emotion can be exploited to facilitate the effort. So much so that Biden has committed to getting the president his full recommendations by next Tuesday, well ahead of the president's end-of-the-month deadline request. “I committed to him I'd have these recommendations to him by Tuesday,” Biden said. “It doesn't mean it's the end of the discussion, but the public wants us to act.” For a president and his party that rammed a healthcare bill through Congress before Americans “could find out what's in it,” such calculated haste is nothing new. Once again, the most transparent administration in history is poised to run roughshod over the opposition, and possibly the constitutionally-mandated separation of powers as well, to get what it wants, when it wants.

As for Andrew Cuomo, he is doing nothing more than surfing a wave he hopes will carry him to the White House in 2016. As his speech pattern got shriller and shriller, he told New Yorkers to “forget the extremists” and “end the madness now!” In other words, you either agree with Cuomo, Biden, Holder, Obama and their agenda, or you're an extremist whose affection for the right to bear arms is madness. The only thing sadder is a thoroughly compromised mainstream media backing them to the hilt, oblivious to such irony, even as they too would kick the Constitution to the curb if it saves “just one life.”

Arnold Ahlert is a columnist for FrontPage Magazine.

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21 Comments

wjm in Colorado said:

They must disarm to rule and complete the transfomation into a communist dictatorship. They will attempt this. This is the flexibility he told the Russians about. The Obamao regime is a truely treasonous one.

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY said:

If such a law is passed in NYS I want to see them try to disarm the gang bangers first. Let's see how that plays out for them....

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Tony in Texas replied:

We are becoming a country that disarms itself for protection. The pace that the bozo plan is working now in his 2nd term is catching everyone by suprise. By the time everyone wakes up (if) it may be too late.

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Alvin Trull in Silsbee, Texas replied:

Yeah, and they know that us gun toters outnumber them by about 300 to 1
If they don't take our guns they don't stand a chance.
But if we don't lose them what is next ww3?

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Registration of a firearm is nothing more than the government knowing which households to visit to take the guns. Also, it tells the criminals which houses to avoid and which ones to rob. Odumbo and his mindless minions are using gun control to skirt the issue of fiscal irresponsibility that is going to result in a civil war between the makers and the takers. If they can disarm the public then no one can protect themselves from having their home invaded and possibly having their families harmed or evern killed. I am at the point now, I won't even talk to a liberal if I know they are one. It's useless trying to talk to a closed mind although I doubt seriously if they have a mind left.

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Alvin Trull in Silsbee, Texas replied:

Man you said it, But if you will notice, the ones harping on this issue think they have an in in the new order. Those poor dummies will go the same as the rest of us. They're just useful prats for now.They had better wake up and quick!

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Sarge, I am surprised Adolph did not think of this. What he did, I am shocked, shocked. And FDR's best friend Joe Stalin did it also. Do they teach any of this in Govmint skools?

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Howard, Hell no, they are too busy teaching how bad America is!

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

And how to put condoms on cucumbers.

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Alvin Trull in Silsbee, Texas said:

They like to quote little factoids which are skewed in their favor. but using their own data you can show that where violent gun crimes happen is in the cities with strict gun control like chicago. cities where most of the civilians have guns have not only the lowest gun crimes but also lower violent crimes in general. They keep talking about the UK's gun rate being low..sure but their overall violent crime rate is extremely high. They are no.4 we're 28 at my last check. If you look at just the last 10 years alone
overall violent crime has dropped over 50%.Taking our guns won't save us
It will destroy us! If our politicos won't support the constitution they need to be replaced, The federal reserve which is not government but privately owned needs to be shut down, the backdoor which the bankers used to take over our government.And everyone of those True Traitors to the US and the world arrested, financially stripped and imprisoned.We would just be murdered by "terrorists"..The Electoral College done away with, the back door that elects their guys to bring about their agenda. I figured that one out when I was 6. They're getting desperate and their cover ups getting shoddy, although, they have never been that bright. It is really easy to disprove most if not all of their fake news..for instance the "news" (yeah right) told of thousands dying of a flu pandemic when the CDC's on data said 64. It is a fear campaign to keep us down and make us willingly give up our rights.And doesn't our bill of rights state that no law, decree, or statute can be enacted to remove any of those inalienable rights? I have news for the so called elect. You may take my life but you'll never take my soul or my freedom.I am so glad that I am not the only one to have awakened. God bless you and your mission.

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Brian in Newport News said:

"For the two years before the 2010 election, Democrats had complete control of Congress and White House. They did nothing to advance a gun control agenda." Not so. As Obama told the Brady Bunch years ago, he was working on gun control but had to operate "under the radar." Think Fast and Furious and you see what under the radar means.

Now they have a tailor-made crisis on their hands, which was EXACTLY what Obama wanted. Is it just me, or did this tragedy come along at a most convenient time for Obama...almost like it was planned...

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Alvin Trull in Silsbee, Texas replied:

almost? ha ha Planned perpetuated and executed. Also have you noticed that gun activist all over are being executed...by "terrorists" Yes they are terrorist alright our current administration and the (not)news media!

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM

ArmyofOne in MN said:

The only thing sadder is a thoroughly compromised mainstream media backing them to the hilt, oblivious to such irony, even as they too would kick the Constitution to the curb if it saves "just one life."
Another problem would be... if it saves "just one life", it may cost 10 others instead. The math of Democrat/Liberals is astounding in it's idiocy!

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Alvin Trull in Silsbee, Texas replied:

If you look into it all mainstream media are owned or controlled by just 4 people wanna guess which 4? You will NEVER hear any real news from them!

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Dave in SoCal said:

I am quite sure that Mr. Cuomo is protected by armed goons sporting semi-automatic pistols with 17 round magazines and AR-15s with 30 round magazines. Police departments across the country have determined that this combination is the most effective combination of arms to carry in order to protect themselves from harm. Tell my why a private citizen should be handicapped with respect to the arms they are allowed to posses for their own personal protection?

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Alvin Trull in Silsbee, Texas replied:

Remember when little bush said two third of the worlds population needs to go? How else are they going to do it...well chemtrails seeded with alumina to make kill us slowly prescription drugs that tell you on the label cause suicidal tendencies and mass murder tendicies.. want some paxil anyone?
Putting poisons in our water? Do some real research on flouride, it will scare you. When you have the mainstream media, the drug companies, the energy companies the banks and on and on aand on and on all being owned by the same people with the same agenda of making slaves out of you and me, what do you think?

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Ed Watts in Near Palm Springs replied:

Truth be told, Mr. Cuomo, like most of our other government "servants", is protected by highly-trained men sporting H&K MP-5's (full auto) with ready access to M-16A1's (also full auto). The [black] Suburbans which accompany our Dear Leader, Mr. Soetoro, when he ventures forth among us, the unwashed, have Dillon Aero M-134 Gatling guns installed so that they can "pop up" through the roof in less than one second and spray .308 (7.62 NATO) rounds into the "threatening" crowd at a rate of about 100 rounds per second. That's right -- 6,000 rounds per minute per weapon.

"Semi-auto" weapons protecting government "leaders"? Nope; they "need" much more firepower than you and I can get/have.

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Patriot LE in The People's Republik of MD said:

Great article, as always, Mr. Ahlert, I think my only quibble would be saying that, "it is impossible to believe that there is even one politician in the entire nation who believes that stricter gun control laws will have the slightest effect on the nation's criminal element," since I wholeheartedly believe that there are, in fact, MANY such mentally-handicapped idiots on the left... Many of them in Congress... And the White House...

Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 3:02 AM

OKBecky in Ponca City, OK said:

"Using Biden's 'logic,' one could ban anything that has caused a single death."

Like cars, motorcycles, alcohol, tobacco, knives, baseball bats, cast iron skillets, hammers, scissors, gas stoves, bees, peanuts, eggs, dogs, snakes, spiders, and of course drugs like heroin and cocaine. Maybe we should ban surgeons and surgery, since patients die during or shortly after surgery. Even pregnancy, since women and babies sometimes die during childbirth. And of course, people die from STDs, so we should ban sex.

On the other hand, restrictive gun control laws in Chicago and D.C. are constantly being violated, and certainly have not resulted in reduced deaths from assault, not even in reduced deaths from firearms. So we might say that disarming the citizenry will certainly result in more deaths caused by burglars and rapists. They will *know* that they face no deadly force to repel them.

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:08 AM

OKBecky in Ponca City, OK replied:

I also forgot swimming pools! The list of things that kill people is endless!!

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Richard J. Abbate in CT in Cheshire, CT said:

Why not strickly limit the ownership of private automobiles, and set the speed limit at 5 mph? Think of all the lives it would save!! Certainly more than one!!

And let's limit private ownership of baseball bats, knives, and any other thing which might be used to harm someone!! Think of all the lives we could save. Certainly more than one!!

Swimming pools? Heck, let's ban swimming, or even going in or near the water! And that includes boats!!

Private use of airplanes? You must be kidding? Why would anyone need an airplane?

Am I getting through to you yet? RJA

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 1:18 AM