I was appalled to learn that New York State has contributed more than $6 million to two gun manufacturers — Remington Arms and Kimber Manufacturing. That means taxpayers like me are giving blood money to merchants of death. This is no different from supporting makers of nerve gas or improvised explosive devices.
The Empire State Development Corporation should be ashamed not only for wasting our money, but also for keeping it secret for so long. If it wasn’t for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence using the Freedom of Information Law, we would never have learned about it. Both companies are a cop killer’s best friend, because they oppose micro-stamping, which helps police track down illegal weapons and the felons who use them. Both firms threaten to leave New York if micro-stamping becomes law. Good riddance. They profit from the pain, suffering and death of thousands of gun violence victims each year. I also suspect the deadly hand of the National Rifle Association in this hidden funding.
Mayor Bloomberg is the only political leader willing to confront the NRA (which I call Not Responsible to Anyone). It’s time for Gov. Cuomo, President Obama and Congress to stand their ground against the gun lobby. The Second Amendment is not a suicide pact. Law enforcement and military personnel are the only people who should be allowed to own guns.