Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for a government shut down in response to the shooting in Roseburg, Oregon.
“I’d love to see the Democrats stand up and say we’re going to shut down the government or threaten to shut down the government if we don’t get real gun control legislation,” Cuomo told NY1.
Cuomo, who had mulled the idea of running for president and eventually threw his support behind Hillary Clinton, said so-called gun control should be a top election season issue.
“I would like to see Hillary and the vice president and whoever else is in the race on both sides talk about this issue of guns and let’s have that as one of the top priorities,” he said. “Rather than the political blather that is now going on and let’s put some real issues on the agenda and let’s put at the top: What are you going to do about guns?”
The inability of government to restrict the Second Amendment “is such a blatant failure of our political system and frankly such a blatant failure of the elected officials in this country,” Cuomo said.
In response to public support for the Second Amendment and the inability of a Democrat controlled Senate to pass anti-gun legislation, candidate Hillary Clinton said if elected she will use executive actions to close the so-called gun show loophole.
Fellow Democrat and presidential contender Martin O’Malley has urged Clinton and Bernie Sanders to embrace a reinstatement of the federal assault weapons ban that expired under a sunset provision last year. Several efforts to renew the ban have failed.
Senate Democrats plan to unveil a new anti-Second Amendment push on Thursday.
“We’ve had a number of meetings today with Democratic senators,” Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Wednesday. “So we’re going to move forward. We have a program. We’re going to do some press on this on Thursday.”
“I’ve started to reach out to senators in talking about what can be done to advance the cause of background checks while Republicans are in charge for the next year or so,” Reid said on Monday. “One thing is clear, to pass background checks, we need Republicans to stop acting as puppets of the NRA.”
Any proposed legislation faces a tough uphill battle in the Republican dominated Senate.