Everyone has to get in on the action. Or, in the immortal words of Rahm Emanuel, never let a good crisis go to waste. Last weekends we had two mass shootings. We’re still talking about the one in El Paso because the media can claim that this one was motivated by President Trump’s immigration enforcement rhetoric. The one in Dayton is slipping to dim memory status because the shooter apparently thought he was an Antifa enforcer or something and that clutters up the narrative. As with any of these tragic events, there is a demand to do something and do it right now. Never mind that the something makes no sense or might even be counterproductive. The important thing is to do something. The left, completely understandably, overreaches and always tries to use a tragedy to advance a policy agenda that has zero to do with the actual tragedy.
With that set up, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has clawed his way toward the limelight. I don’t know why we pay any attention to this guy. Cuomo seems to still see himself as a future resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue but the sad truth is that were he not ruling a Democrat ghetto, he’d not get renominated much less reelected as governor. But he’s part of a Democrat “dynasty” and so we soldier on.
Democrats should come together with one clear message on gun safety.
The federal gov't must:
1) Outlaw assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
2) Create a mental health database
3) Pass universal background checks
4) Pass a Red Flag Law pic.twitter.com/0odxSpeDQT
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 7, 2019
Most of this is tried and true pap. Where Cuomo breaks new ground, at least as far as a I can tell, is in pushing to establish a national mental health database. Think of it. A database containing extremely sensitive and personal information that the federal government has no need to know in the hands of people that let the Chinese make off with the security background investigation data, fingerprints, and personnel records of nearly 22 million federal employees. What ever could go wrong?
Beyond the possibility of compromise and 100% certainty that some future equivalent of the Obama regime would leak it to trash opponents,this would discourage many, many people from seeking mental health treatment because they would be well aware of how that information could be misused by any government.
Hi, I’m a psychology professor & was an advisor for DSM-5 (the US-standard for psychiatric diagnosis). A mental health database would increase stigma, compromise privacy, & do nothing to reduce gun violence.
— (((Jaime))) (@drderringer) August 8, 2019
But even the left isn’t crazy about this database:
To save the Second Amendment, we'll destroy all the others.
— Will Saletan (@saletan) August 9, 2019
(he’s a pro-confiscation person so you understand his point of view)
"..applaud Govener Cuomo for suggesting mental health databases, a policy adopted by an early blindness rights origination, the "Not-Sees." Founded in Germany in the early.."
*Panicked stagehand whispers in ear*
"The following retraction.."
— Nick Johnson (@NAJohnson) August 9, 2019
Cuomo keeps finding ways to make me proud I voted for @CynthiaNixon for Governor and not him. “Mental health database” is as vile and chilling an idea as any I’ve heard come out of this goon’s mouth. https://t.co/NkNH9FMY3E
— Richard Dunbeck (@Redunbeck) August 9, 2019
— Counselors for Justice ⚖️ (@justcounselors) August 9, 2019
Andrew Cuomo is reliably trash, but his proposed "mental health database" plays into Trump's dangerous fear mongering about mentally ill folks. With Trump talking about preemptive commitment for mentally ill people the .gov deems a threat, Cuomo is offering to start the registry. https://t.co/9Y2b8y9ir4
— Puff the Magic Hater (@MsKellyMHayes) August 8, 2019
Andrew Cuomo's idea to create a mental health database was not extremely popular. Only Andrew Cuomo could get ratioed by liberals in a pro gun reform tweet. pic.twitter.com/RbsTvLnjsB
— The National Bad Tweet Archive (@TheRatioArchive) August 9, 2019
I’m nearly tempted to send Cuomo a campaign contribution and bouquet (no homo) if I thought it would encourage him to keep generating these ideas. In fact, it would be great if President Trump would grab Cuomo’s plan and get the Democrats all on record voting on it.