ALBANY, N.Y. – New York sought to combat violence by rushing the nation's toughest gun control measure into law after the Connecticut school shootings that killed 26 people, but the state is now carving out an exemption to make sure movie and TV producers can stage running gun battles on Manhattan streets.
Movie and TV productions have long been courted by New York and other states with tax breaks in exchange for the jobs and glamour of the industry. Hollywood is also a major campaign fundraising stop for New York politicians.
You pompous, smarmy, hypocritical rat bastard. You sold out the good people of New York because there wasn't enough money in it for you. Oh, those evil guns don't belong in the hands of NY residents - oh, unless they happen to spend lots of money making movies here, in which case they're really not that evil after all. Thousands of NY residents faced felony charges for possessing something that they may have owned for decades, but Hollywood can do whatever the hell it wants.
You know, it's funny. It's not this often that you catch a politician being this honest and open. Cuomo just laid his cards right out on the table with this one. If the NSSF wants to spend seven billion dollars, well, then we'll cut a deal to exempt gun owners from this new bill. He basically admitted that the bill had nothing to do with safety - because if you can make exemptions so that one group can play make-believe, then it's really not that serious of an issue, is it?
Just when I think there's no depth to which the forces against freedom won't sink, they produce a jackhammer and start digging...
That is all.
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