Albany, New York
Did you know? At one time, Andrew Cuomo was considered Presidential timber, a serious 2016 contender. I, too, thought that the Democrats would jump at a large state Governor with an advantageous family name.
But now, he’s reduced to one of hundreds of national campaigners for gun control, and if his past performance is indicative of future results, he’ll bounce around from town to town screaming about killing deer.
There is enough interesting here such that I’m going to a shallow dive. Not a deep dive, but a shallow dive.
To start, Mr. Cuomo will be among the chief signatories of a letter to Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, to be released as early as next week, urging the Justice Department to punish what the Brady Campaign describes as a small fraction of gun dealers who sell an overwhelming share of weapons used to commit crimes. He has promised to lobby other governors around the country to join in the push.
If there’s no such punishment, it’s certainly not for a lack of laws. It’s for the fact that in most cases, the people who would be punished look like they could be Baraq Obama’s sons slash golfing partners.
But his political allies, and other people familiar with the Brady Campaign’s new initiative, said the gun-control issue had taken on new and sharply personal meaning for the governor amid a string of tragedies. He spoke in September at the funeral of an aide, Carey W. Gabay, a 43-year-old lawyer who was struck in the head by a stray bullet in Brooklyn.
You mean Carey Gabay, who was running around the overnight afterparties of a Brooklyn ookfest circa three in the morning? Then I have to remind myself to quit noticing things.
Since then, Mr. Cuomo has spoken angrily in remarks about gun violence. He openly criticized federal inaction after a massacre on an Oregon college campus this month, one of several recent mass shootings that has returned gun violence to the fore.
I too want Federal action. I want the nutbar provision, such that if it is determined the nutbar did it for nutbar reasons, eternal infamy and publicity, and to get people to read his dorky manifesto, then authorities won’t need to release official information about him at all. Deep into the rabbit hole.
At one point, Mr. Cuomo suggested that Democrats in Congress should be willing to shut down the government to force action on gun violence.
That sound you hear is the Republican establishment going into apoplectic fits because someone suggested that a government “shutdown” is needed to force people’s hands on an important policy issue….er wait….they’re not….because Andrew Cuomo isn’t Ted Cruz.
Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York, a Democrat close to Mr. Cuomo, said the governor told him during a visit to Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, in October that he planned to increase his involvement in gun control advocacy.
Incidentally, 92% of SAFE Act prosecutions have been filed in Brooklyn or The Bronx, in spite of the fact that those two areas have only 20% of the state’s population. Dog whistle: Race. If my methodology is right, this means that a SAFE Act prosecution is 46 times more likely to happen in Brooklyn or The Bronx than anywhere else in the state. However, I doubt that the firearm-related violent crime rate in Brooklyn or The Bronx is 46 times higher than the rest of the state, (though my biggest fan might want to correct me), which means the SAFE Act’s very disproportionate overapplication in those two places is hanging paper.
Even before Mr. Gabay’s funeral, Mr. Cuomo vented frustration at the absence of federal legislation addressing gun killings. He blamed lax gun regulations at the federal level and in other states for creating a “back door” into New York for illegal firearms.
No problem there either, there are books full of Federal laws dealing with interstate transportation of firearms for the purpose of violent crime. In fact, like I’ve been saying here, one of the very underrated stories of 2015 is U.S. Attorneys getting more and more creative in applying interstate commerce jurisdiction to ordinary black street crime, and interstate-gun raps have been one of the common methods, mainly because that avoids nullification happy state juries with lots of blacks on them, and Federal charges in this vein are usually process crimes that are easy to prove and easy plea bargain fodder. I have followed that up with the theory that deincarceration is not really about #BLM, but about getting 50-something men out earlier than they otherwise would be able to per their bids, because their health problems (the way of all flesh) are such that hoosegow infirmaries can’t handle, and space needs to be made for all the fresh new blacks who being sent up for these creative new Federal prosecutions for ordinary black street crime.
The issue there is that, so far, such creative Federal prosecutions have almost entirely fallen on the “end users,” not the interstate trafficking networks. The end users are a lot easier to apprehend, it often takes blind luck to make a trafficking network.
Eric L. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, said he hoped Mr. Cuomo would zero in on the problem of handgun violence in New York. Mr. Adams, a Democrat, who is headlining a gala dinner for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence next week, said he was concerned that the Safe Act had done more to restrict automatic weapons than to control large-caliber handguns used in urban crimes.
“Automatic weapons” are already heavily restricted. What I think stupid means here by “automatic weapons” is “semiautomatic rifles,” the scary looking rifles that are said to be a favorite of white people in the middle of nowhere, which is the course the point of this whole exercise, urban white liberals getting worked up on their own paranoia about white people they’ll never meet who live in places they’ll never go because they’re too afraid to name the ook, because the ooks’ grandmothers vote in New York City and State elections.
Asked if he envisioned additional gun control measures in New York, Mr. Cuomo said federal intervention against states with lax gun laws would be essential for further progress in combating the illegal use of firearms.
Actually what Cuomo envisions is that happening at the same time that AFFH happens, so that the remaining ghetto blacks in Brooklyn and The Bronx are unloaded preferably on another state. That way, when New York City and State crime inevitably decreases (hint: fewer blacks), Cuomo can credit the gun laws, and avoid the hassle of being asked about 21st Century Negro Removal.