Republicans are accusing Gov. Cuomo of using theOregon community-college massacre to boost his own national image and they’re saying if he’s serious about stopping gun crimes, he’ll seek tougher penalties here and not look to Washington.
“Cuomo callously is using the tragedy in Oregon to promote his own national political ambitions, saying, ‘Look at me! Look at me! We ought to shut down the government to do a great gun law like I did in New York,’ ’’ charged state GOP Chairman Ed Cox.
“If Cuomo wants to make this the issue of the 2016 presidential race, he should start by making increased penalties for crimes committed with guns an important issue in his State of the State Address,’’ Cox told The Post.
Cuomo, long rumored to harbor presidential ambitions, suggested on Friday, in the wake of Thursday’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., that congressional Democrats “shut down the federal government or threaten to shut down the government if we don’t get real gun-control legislation.’’
Cuomo, whose anti-gun “SAFE Act’’ was rammed through the Legislature in January 2013 after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre also suggested that stricter gun control should be a central theme for Democrats in next year’s presidential campaign.