In New York and Connecticut, Democratic governors used their State of the State speeches as opportunities for rip-roaring, hysterically emotional responses to the Sandy Hook massacre.
Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy was blunt about his distaste for arming protectors of children at schools:
Let me be clear. Freedom is not a handgun on the hip of every teacher, and security should not mean a guard posted outside every classroom. That is not who we are in Connecticut, and it is not who we will allow ourselves to become … It won't surprise you that this speech is very different from the one I first envisioned giving. In the early days of December, I began thinking about what I'd like to say today. Now, while it's only been a few short weeks on the calendar, we have all walked a very long and very dark road together.
A handgun on every teacher just might have saved some of those children’s lives in Sandy Hook
Not to be outdone, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a gun owner who may be the successor to Barack Obama in 2016, cried:
I say to you forget the extremists. It’s simple — no one hunts with an assault rifle. No one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer and too many people have died already … End the madness now. Pass safe, reasonable gun control in the State of New York. Make this state safer. Save lives. Set an example for the rest of the nation. Let them look at New York and say this is what you can do. This is what you should do.
Why doesn’t Cuomo go speak to that young mother of two small children who shot the intruder in her Georgia home and ran out of bullets?
Cuomo was echoed by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who doesn’t like "assault weapons" much either, saying, “I would ban them, but as an alternative I think we have to register them, know where they are at the very least.”
Cuomo’s plea was seen as the opening salvo in his 2016 campaign, Hofstra University’s Larry Levy ejaculated, “He’ll at least get ahead of the curve in Washington and in government and politics. That’s sometimes the whole game."