While some people may question whether a gun show being held in Stamford, CT (only 40 miles from Newtown) is insensitive so soon after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, gun control talks are well underway in neighboring New York State.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the five member Independent Democratic Conference led by Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) went step-by-step over a "comprehensive" gun proposal during a 90 minute meeting yesterday. The Conference is a splinter group that has joined with 30 Republicans to control the State Senate.
"We're on the same page that we have to do everything possible to ban assault weapons in New York, high capacity magazines, make sure that people with serious mental health issues don't possess guns, and, I think, we have to do it this month."
In a separate statement Senator Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), who shares power with Klein, emphasized his party's committement to the above proposals and called for the legislature to make Kendra's Law (which authorizes court-ordered outpatient treatment for individuals deemed as safety threats) permanent.
?Not only should this issue be a part of our discussions on gun safety, but it must be a part of any three-way agreement on laws to increase public safety and prevent the kind of senseless violence and death we've seen in this past month (referring both to the Newtown massacre as well as recent subway shoving deaths in New York City).