Cuomo, Bloomberg and Murdoch on gun control

Briefing: Cuomo and Bloomberg. (Edward Reed via nyc.gov)
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Yesterday, when asked about gun control measures he'd like to see, Andrew Cuomo spoke about, among other things, mental health services and the country's "culture of violence;" necessary factors, he said, in addressing the "multi-dimensional" problem of gun violence.

At a press conference in Manhattan yesterday, surrounded by people who lost family members to gun violence, Bloomberg said mental health and education issues are important, "but those are just ways to avoid the [gun] issue."

The New York Post editorial page today weighed in, saying that some guns are simply too dangerous to be in the public. (The editorial made no reference to mental illness.)

The page seems to be reflecting the politics of Post owner Rupert Murdoch, a conservative who favors a ban on ownership of automatic weapons

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"No one will come over and pat me on the back and say 'thank you for working for gun control.'" — Chuck Schumer

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Newtown

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