Glaser Defends Cuomo’s Gun Control Record
Phoning in to Fred Dicker’s Talk-1300 State Operations Director Howard Glaser to talk winter storm preparation, but the conversation at the end shifted to the ongoing debate over the nearly month-old gun control law.
Glaser took exception to the op/ed former New York Post editorial board writer Bob McManus wrote in today’s newspaper, which criticized Democrats and Gov. Andrew Cuomo for tying state Republican Chairman Ed Cox to Richard Nixon, his late father-in-law.
“The McManus alternate universe was a very fascinating description of a universe that doesn’t exist,” Glaser told Dicker.
Dicker, a staunch advocate of gun rights, said he saw it differently.
“What did he get wrong because I read his column and I found it pretty persuasive,” he responded.
In particular, Glaser criticized McManus for suggesting that Cuomo had taken a left turn with his third year agenda, which included the gun control law approved in January that the governor pushed hard to pass.
“The governor as long as he’s been in office has been a fiscal moderate and a social progressive — he’s been consistent throughout his governorship,” Glaser said.
Dicker disagreed, saying that Cuomo hadn’t touted the specifc gun control measures that were ultimately included in the bill until recently (I did a blog post a few weeks ago on Cuomo the candidate’s gun control proposals, which he included in one of his policy books).
Glaser countered with the vow to send Dicker past statements from Cuomo on gun control.
“I can send you 30 dating back to the late 1990s in which Andrwew Cuomo was out there on guns,” Glaser said adding, “It’s always been part of his public posture.”
About a half hour after Dicker’s show ended, Glaser forwarded me the clips he referenced on Dicker’s show (I believe Dicker received the same email). The email is an exhaustive library of Cuomo’s past statements and pronouncements on supporting stricter gun control laws and programs designed to keep illegal guns off the streets, especially the gun buyback program he started as the Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Bill Clinton.
In the email, Glaser called them “just a sampling.”
Here are some the links I was sent:
The text of Cuomo’s speech as HUD secretary on finding solutions to gun violence.
Cuomo as HUD secretary receiving an award for his work on gun control.
The National Rifle Association criticizng the Clinton administration for seeking tighter gun control restrictions without Congress.
A YouTube video in which Cuomo as state attorney general receiving an award from the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence. In the video, he says, “On this issue, I believe people are ahead of their leaders. I believe it’s been the fear of the leaders not to get ahead of their leaders, but I believe they are wrong.”
And the Bush administration ending Cuomo’s gun buyback program started by HUD, which includes the then-gubernatorial candidate knocking Republicans for benig beholden to the NRA.
Here’s the YouTube video of Cuomo at the Brady event, which is worth the watch for being rather prescient.
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