In the wake of the shooting of Carey Gabay, an aide in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, Sept. 7, the governor has called for increased gun control across the nation.
“How many incidents do we have to have, how many weeks do we have to have with the same story over and over and over, about the insanity that this country is allowing to continue, with violence, and loss of life of innocent people, because we have people who have no business having guns, having guns,” Cuomo said to CNN, Sept. 8.
“This nation has to have the political courage to step up, and the elected officials have to have the political courage to step up, and say this weekly ongoing tragedy of loss of life, of innocent victims, schoolchildren, young girls, young boys must stop,” he stated.
Cuomo also said he owns a gun, but increased incidents of gun violence have created the need for a national gun control policy. He said all people looking to purchase a firearm should undergo background checks to prevent criminals, and the mentally ill, from obtaining guns.
“If you’re mentally ill you should not have a gun,” he stated. “If you are a criminal, you should not have a gun.”
According to Cuomo, Gabay is still in “very, very critical condition” and he said he had “nothing good” to report after speaking with Gabay’s family.
“He chose to be in state service because he wanted to use his skills to help others. He made a fraction of what he could’ve earned. Just a beautiful guy,” Cuomo stated.