Moli­naro: Why I fight gun laws

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY KEN­NETH LOVETT

AL­BANY – Un­der fire from Gov. Cuomo, GOP gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date Marc Moli­naro Fri­day de­fended his votes against gun con­trol bills while he was a state as­sem­bly­man, say­ing he’d rather get to the root cause of gun vi­o­lence.

Gun ad­vo­cates and the Cuomo cam­paign this week have hit Moli­naro for vot­ing 32 times dur­ing his time in the state Leg­is­la­ture against gun con­trol leg­is­la­tion and for say­ing he’d dis­man­tle Cuomo’s SAFE Act gun con­trol law that passed in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook El­e­men­tary School mass shoot­ing.

Moli­naro, speak­ing to re­porters Fri­day at the state Capi­tol, said it’s more im­por­tant to look at the root cause of the vi­o­lence, such as a gen­er­a­tional poverty, a fail­ing ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, and what he deemed a decades-long dis­man­tling of men­tal health ser­vices.

“We have far too many peo­ple liv­ing with far too much trauma who are act­ing out in vi­o­lent ways,” he said.

Cuomo, he said, “wants to check a box with a piece of leg­is­la­tion and claim he’s made New York safe. He has not. He al­lowed for the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties, and the con­tin­ued act of vi­o­lence. By the way, that’s be­cause peo­ple are suf­fer­ing.”

Cuomo cam­paign spokes­woman Abbey Collins shot back: “An­other day, an­other op­por­tu­nity for Moli­naro to demon­strate how out of touch he is with New York­ers.”

“It was Moli­naro who op­posed tak­ing guns out of the hands of do­mes­tic abusers, out­law­ing ar­mor-pierc­ing am­mu­ni­tion that could risk the lives of law en­force­ment, and keep­ing loaded weapons away from chil­dren,” Collins said.

Moli­naro has the en­dorse­ment of the NRA and the state Ri­fle and Pis­tol As­so­ci­a­tion.

“No amount of NRA talk­ing points can white­wash Trump mini-me Moli­naro’s record of vot­ing 32 times against com­mon-sense gun safety mea­sures,” Collins said.

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