Molinaro: Why I fight gun laws
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.