The Associated Press reports:
New York’s Assembly on Tuesday easily passed the toughest gun control law in the nation and the first since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, calling for a tougher assault weapons ban and provisions to try to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who make threats.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed hard for the bill, which passed the Senate on Monday night. He is expected to quickly sign the measure into law.
“This is a scourge on society,” Cuomo said Monday night, six days after making gun control a centerpiece of his State of the State address. The bipartisan effort was fueled by the Newtown tragedy that took the lives of 20 first graders and six educators. “At what point do you say, ‘No more innocent loss of life’?”
No one wants innocent people, least of all children, to suffer, but it is not clear whether the regulations Governor Cuomo et al. support will effectively reduce gun violence. I’m working on a piece for tomorrow’s homepage that discusses whether President Obama’s proposed gun regulations would have prevented the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.