Cuomo’s Legislative Answer to School Shootings: Standardized Gun Buybacks, Ban Teachers from Carrying

“Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard,” is the caption to this photo that appears on Gov. Cuomo’s Facebook page. Gun owners in NY need to heed this advice and make their voices heard. Enough is enough! (Photo: Facebook)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed gun-control legislation this Wednesday aimed at improving school safety.  

One bill (S.101A/A.1715) bans “any person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard” from carrying guns on school grounds and the other (S.2449/A.2685) creates standards and best practices for gun “buyback” programs across the state.  

“The answer to the gun violence epidemic plaguing this country has never been and never will be more guns, and today we’re expanding New York’s nation-leading gun safety laws to further protect our children,” said Cuomo in a statement

“These measures will help slow the proliferation of guns by keeping unneeded firearms out of school zones and helping to ensure unwanted or illegal guns don’t fall into dangerous hands,” the governor, a Democrat, continued. 

Arming Teachers

Assembly Member Judy Griffin, who introduced the bill banning teachers, staffers, and administrators from carrying in schools, thanked Cuomo.  

“Arming teachers with guns can only lead to additional tragedies,” explained Griffin. “I was proud to introduce this legislation in the New York State Assembly and I thank Governor Cuomo for signing it into law so that the children of New York State will be able to learn in a safe environment without the threat of unintended consequences from a gun in their classroom.”

Right, arming school personnel “can only lead to additional tragedies…” except for that time that armed principal in Pearl, Mississippi, detained a campus gunman who stabbed his mother to death and murdered two students with a rifle.  One can argue that “additional tragedies” weren’t created but avoided in that scenario.

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Look, arming teachers is a controversial response to school safety.  But the decision to do so should be left up to the school districts — not the state.  Not every school can afford SROs, security guards and cops to patrol the campus full-time.  What does Cuomo say to these economically disadvantaged districts?  

Fundamentally, if everyone agrees that armed responders should be at schools to protect children does it really matter if they wear a badge or a pocket protector so long as they are sufficiently trained?  

Opponents of armed teachers get too caught up in traditional labels and roles and forget that not all teachers have the same personal history, interests, and skills. Some may be military veterans, some may be 3-Gunners, some may be hunters and outdoorsmen (and women).  If given the opportunity, some may be more than willing to train to become a school’s armed responder.

What’s the problem with that approach?  Again, especially if we all agree that some form of armed resistance is better than no armed resistance at all.  What seems obvious to everyone but Cuomo and his fellow Dems is that limiting a school’s options as to how it can harden its campus against armed psychos doesn’t make a school safer.  It makes it more vulnerable to tragedy.

Gun “Buybacks”

“Gun buyback programs work. Providing people with a no-questions-asked opportunity to turn their guns in has helped dramatically reduce the number of legal and illegal guns on our streets, making our communities and our schools safer,” said Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal.

“New York already has the strongest gun laws on the books, and standardizing gun buyback programs statewide will help ensure that each county is implementing proven methods to get the most guns off our streets,” she added.  

Rosenthal is lying.  Gun “buybacks” are a joke (Government never owned those guns so “buyback” is a misnomer).  They really don’t work.  At these events, a bunch of people show up to turn in junk guns — that more often than not don’t work and, therefore, have little value — for free gas cards or small monetary stipends.  This isn’t “saving lives,” it’s wasting taxpayer dollars!  

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SUNY Buffalo State associate professor Scott W. Phillips actually did the research into buybacks.  

“Does it work? No,” Phillips told The Buffalo News in 2017. The professor looked at city crime data in relation to five gun buybacks held between 2007 and 2012 and found no evidence — zero evidence — that they reduce crime.

“Should they keep doing it? I wouldn’t bother wasting their time,” he said, noting that there is no academic research that indicates buybacks curb suicides or accidental shootings

What’s fascinating is that Assemblywoman Rosenthal claims that buybacks “dramatically” reduce the number of guns on our streets.  Again, there is zero evidence that this is true.  In fact, as Phillips explained, the majority of the guns sold are rarely the types used in crimes, i.e. long guns, and, as mentioned, many of them no longer function.  

The Fun Continues 

Cuomo also signed bills this week that ban 3-D printed firearms and bump stocks, increase waiting periods from three to 30 days and force gun owners to secure all firearms in a residence if anyone under the age of 16 has the potential to access them.

“Governor Cuomo’s answer to failed restrictive gun laws are more new gun laws that prevent people from being able to protect themselves, their family and property from violent criminals,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, in an email to GunsAmerica.

“The real danger to people in New York is his appointment of his cronies to parol boards that let violent offenders out of prison early,” Gottlieb continued.

“Because of Cuomo backed anti-gun rights policies in New York people are moving in droves to less gun restrictive states like South Carolina, Florida and Texas where they can have the means to self-defense,” he concluded.

Gotta love New York!  Right?

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • grampy tom December 23, 2019, 10:29 am

    The only difference between Cuomo and Musolini is tha Musolini made the trains run on time!

  • John Volkening August 5, 2019, 4:24 am

    Since they are against arming teachers, shouldn’t they take out all of the fire extinguishers too? No sense in bring proactive, if there’s a fire, just wait 5 or 10 minutes for the fire department to get there, after all, what’s the harm in waiting when there’s an emergency?…smh

  • John Boutwell August 3, 2019, 6:59 pm

    It’s a people problem, not a gun problem.

  • David k August 3, 2019, 9:12 am

    Thank god for individual state rights. Living in California or New York would be pure hell. The only problem is when these idiots create their own cesspools then move to formerly conservative states like Colorado and Florida.

    • Grampy Tom December 23, 2019, 10:34 am

      Colorado is NOT one of the free states! The left wing, druggies and lgbt(qcdrbgtshutrsdsdrtgf and whatever else they have added in the last 5 minutes) activists operating out of Denver have taken over. They have the majority of votes like those moron liberals in NYC and Lawn Island do in NY.

  • Richard Fox August 3, 2019, 7:56 am

    I’m a middle school teacher with 35 years in the classroom; I’m also a multi-level firearms instructor with an LTC in the same state, which does not permit anyone but LE’s to carry on a school campus. Let’s face it, 90-something percent of the teachers at 90-something percent of the educational institutions in this country are people with their heads jammed impossibly-high up the liberal Uranus. They wouldn’t carry if you gave them the option, and quite frankly, they’re so incredibly inept around anything “mechanical’ I’d be scared to death if they did! “Too much college; not enough kindergarten”
    I would carry if it were legal to do so, but I am also NOT in one of those schools you see on UTube, where the student feel empowered to attack their teachers….NOR in an area, LIKE NYC, where citizens attack their police officers and new laws have to be written to make that illegal…smh.

  • mlhtd51 August 2, 2019, 9:48 pm

    Demonrats are the New DOMESTIC TERRORIST PARTY, “GUN FREE ZONE” are Nothing But a Killing Zone. If A TEACHER Is Willing to Carry Concealed and Train, Let Them Do It, They May be Your Child’s Defense. I Personally Paid For some School Teachers Concealed Carry Permits. I Hope Some Day All “GUN FREE ZONES” will be Rescinded

  • Ed BernackiOnv August 2, 2019, 8:52 am

    Cuomo’s gun buy-back scheme reminds me of what happened in Connecticut back in the early 90’s when that state did the same thing. What the state was paying for long guns turned in was more than what SKS rifles were selling for at the time. People were buying them up from local gun stores and turning them in and making a profit. Also, as stated in the article, very few guns turned in were in operating condition. Once Connecticut found out about the cottage industry they created, they put the brakes on the buy-back.

  • ARNOLDO August 2, 2019, 5:11 am

    The democrats are clueless. Cuomo is an idiot as far as you can tell. Ny is not the same as I remember and I would not live there again. They can have there AOC and Mayor De Blasio,both who are tearing Ny apart into something that no one feels safe to be there. There laws protect the criminals and they do not support the police departments. The cities are run by criminals as seen in the videos in Brooklyn and Harlem attacking police officers.

    • Mike August 2, 2019, 2:34 pm

      Arnoldo,

      Disgusting , wasn’t it? Police trying to do their job and getting doused with 5 gallon buckets of water. But for some reason , it didn’t garner much publicity? Wonder why.

      I may sound dated, but respect doesn’t seem to exist anymore. If I would have done that to a police officer at that age, my azz would still be sore, never mind the on going dental work I’d need to.

      Are we heading in the wrong direction or what?

  • LHTwist August 1, 2019, 10:21 pm

    Let’s wait and see how many teachers leave NY for other states where they aren’t so abused.

  • Jaque August 1, 2019, 9:48 pm

    I am prevented by state law from picking up my grandaughter from school if I carry a gun. I cannot have a gun on school grounds. I cannot lock my gun in the car. If I am called mid day to come get a sick child where do I store my gun. Same for post office business Congress and state legislatures violate my rights by passing laws that clearly violate the constitution. Yet no outrage. Who cares if I go to prison for excercising a natural right. Nope Gun owners are treated as second class citizens Yet its gun free zones where the innocent are being murdered. Yup. Heller was championed. But it fell short.

  • Sepp W August 1, 2019, 6:53 pm

    All democratic-run localities, cities, and metros are cesspools; havens for criminals, lunatics, and radicalized liberals subjugating and ruling over the incapable and unproductive.

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