“We Can Do Better” On Gun Laws, Cuomo Says

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday called for tighter gun laws both nationally and in New York, telling reporters in Manhattan that he hopes the massacre in Connecticut sends a message to the “political leadership.”

“This is also a complex, mulch-dimensional, societal issue. This is a culture-of-violence problem. This is a mental-health problem. It’s also a gun-control issue,” Cuomo said. “Part of that is on the federal level. If we had federal gun laws that made sense, it would be a different situation.”

When asked if he believed the Newtown, Conn., shooting could serve as a “tipping point” in the gun-control debate, Cuomo said: “I hope so.”

The Democratic governor did not mention specific laws he would like to see passed or changed, but said more can be done.

“States, I think, also can do a better job. We have some of the toughest gun laws in the nation here in the state of New York, but I believe we can do better,” Cuomo said. “And I hope people take this situation to heart and the other situations like this one — not quite as horrendous as this, but horrendous in their own right.”

Cuomo’s comments follow up on a statement he issued Friday, in which he called for a “crack down on the guns that have cost the lives of far too many innocent Americans.”

“Enough is enough. I understand the politics and I understand the fear, but enough is enough,” he said Sunday. “This makes no sense what we now do and we are better than this. I hope people use this moment to pause and to reflect and I hope the political leadership gets it.”

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