Governor Cuomo: Those who oppose gun control laws are paranoid extremists.
New York Governor Cuomo told Susan Arbetter on Capitol Pressroom this week that those who oppose gun control are paranoid extremists and conspiracy theorists.
Capitol Confidential reported, via Menrec:
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“I think the paralysis in Washington on this issue is sad, frankly. If this nation doesn’t get it after Newtown, Connecticut … people all across the nation are begging their government to respond,” Cuomo, a Democrat, told Susan Arbetter on “The Capitol Pressroom.”
“What the extremists do is spread fear and unrealistic theories of conspiracies and the citizenry that needs to be armed because the government is possibly tyrannical, and they need their arms to defend themselves against the tyrannical government,” Cuomo continued. This is true: at gun rallies, I’ve heard this “slippery slope” line of argument from multiple attendees. They view the right to bear arms as a kind of check against government power.