Tom Suozzi has been touting his antigun credentials in his bid to return to office in this week’s special election.
Mazi Pilip doesn’t appear much better:
“… On Thursday, Suozzi sought to put the focus of the campaign on gun safety, an issue that has come up repeatedly in candidate interviews. He cast Pilip’s stated support for a machine gun ban as an attempt to hoodwink Long Island and Queens voters into thinking she supports a revival of the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 … “Mazi is a firm believer in the right to bear arms,” said the statement. “She believes law-abiding citizens should have a route to have access to guns, but not automatic assault weapons.” …”
“… Democrats are attempting to flip the seat after disgraced Republican George Santos was expelled last year. The suburban district is seen as a bellwether for what’s to come in November. Suozzi said he’s “more conservative than 90% of the Democrats,” while Pilip, a registered Democrat who is running as a Republican, appeared to adopt Democratic talking points on abortion and guns …”
Governor Hochul delivered her State of the State this morning.
Her Budget Briefing Book does not call for specific gun control proposals, but does list some spending:
“Actions to Reduce and Prevent Gun Violence. The Executive Budget continues the historic investment of $347 million in programs to prevent and reduce gun violence in our communities. Since this unprecedented funding level, shooting incidents have declined by 38 percent in New York City and 35 percent in Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) jurisdictions. This investment will continue to allow communities, law enforcement, and nonprofit groups to stem gun violence in New York State.”
One of Everytown’s top agenda items which has not gotten much attention is tapping into Medicaid to fund gun control. The Columbian has a story about it:
“To tackle America’s gun problem, a growing number of states are using Medicaid dollars to pay for community-based programs intended to stop shootings … So far, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New York, and Oregon have passed laws approving the use of Medicaid money for gun violence prevention, said Kyle Fischer, policy and advocacy director for The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention, which has lobbied for the federal and state Medicaid policy changes allowing this spending … In Illinois, which two years ago became one of the first states to approve Medicaid spending for violence prevention, Chicago CRED hopes to get approval for its program this spring. Arne Duncan, the former U.S. education secretary who leads the violence prevention group, said getting paid by Medicaid will be worth the wait and that he hopes his state’s experience will make it more expeditious for others. “We’re trying to build a public health infrastructure to combat gun violence,” Duncan said. “Having Medicaid start to be a player in this space and create those opportunities could be a game changer.” …”
No. What they’re trying to build is a government funded infrastructure to attack 2A civil rights. I have yet to see any pro-gun organization comment on this.