In today’s New York Post, a “Cuomo administration source” pins the blame for the flaws in the state’s new gun regulations, in part, on Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“Much of what’s in the law was drafted by people connected to Mayor Bloomberg and the Brady Center, not by the governor’s staff,” the sourcetold Post state editor Fred Dicker, himself a Cuomo insider who has been critical of the governor over the gun-control package. “That’s why there are so many problems with it.”
Asked about that criticism today, Bloomberg erupted in anger.
“What did we do, put a gun to their head, if you pardon the pun, and force them to write legislation?” he said, during a press conference in Brooklyn about helping the unemployed get jobs. “Is that the allegation? That we were up there with automatic weapons with expanded capacity magazines forcing them to write a bill?”
“That’s the kind of journalism that I find troublesome,” he continued. “You’ve got a source that isn’t willing to put their name on the bill and the reporting of it wasn’t in the context of, is that credible? But they were forced by guns, or a knife at their throat, to take our ideas. If they took our ideas, I’m flattered. I hope they did. And I don’t know whether they did or didn’t, and I don’t know whether they got it accurate or not.”. . .