Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for crackdown on guns

by Jon Campbell, Democrate and Chronicle  |  published on December 16, 2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday called for a crackdown on firearms following a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, calling it “yet another senseless and horrific act of violence involving guns.”

Cuomo, a Democrat, said he hopes the shooting in Newtown, Conn., spurs action.

“We as a society must unify and once and for all crack down on the guns that have cost the lives of far too many innocent Americans,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Let this terrible tragedy finally be the wake-up call for aggressive action and I pledge my full support in that effort.”

A total of 27 people — including 18 children — were killed Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to The Associated Press.

Gun-control advocates renewed calls for tighter gun laws, specifically those related to assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

“I think there is still room for improvement in every state, even a state like New York, which has taken the gun laws very seriously over the years,” said Jackie Hilly, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

Thomas King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, said the victims’ families should be given time to grieve.

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