Golden under the gun — Brooklyn Republicans blast GOP pol for assault rifle vote

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Brooklyn Republican leaders are up in arms over state Sen. Marty Golden’s support for New York’s tough new gun law.

Golden (R–Bay Ridge) voted for what some consider the nation’s most restrictive gun law on Jan. 14, requiring background checks for assault rifle sales and limiting ammunition magazines at seven rounds — a decision that triggered a blast of criticism from members of the five-term official’s political base who claim Golden is putting helpless New Yorkers in the crosshairs of violent psychopaths.

“I wanted to convey my club members’ disgust with your vote on Gov. Cuomo’s gun control bill,” Brooklyn Young Republican Club president Glenn Nocera wrote in an open letter to Golden, arguing that the bill will increase the chances of future bloodshed. “A criminal will always find a way to create carnage wherever or whenever he wants. Especially if there is no one with a gun to stop him.”

Nocera isn’t the only youthful GOPer lining up against the bill.

Russ Gallo, the leader of the rival Brooklyn Young Republicans club, said toughening gun laws will put borough residents at risk.

“New York is once again on the wrong side of another national issue,” said Gallo, a New York City transit cop and an Iraq War veteran. “The gun law that was passed will do nothing to protect anyone except criminals that are intent on invading homes and can now do so knowing that that any law-abiding citizen living there is likely to be unarmed and/or have seven or fewer bullets in any guns they may have.”

Golden declined to comment on the criticisms, but said on the night of the vote that the new rules will save lives.

“The people of New York are safer because of the sensible and comprehensive public safety bill approved,” said Golden. “This legislation is truly an accomplishment we can be proud of, and that will go a long way to making our streets, our schools, and communities safer for us all.”

The new regulations passed the State Senate and blew through the Assembly on Jan. 15, and Governor Cuomo signed them into law the same day.

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Updated 5:38 pm, July 9, 2018
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o3 from bk says:
when chris wallace asked justice scalia if there were NO limits on the 2d amendment, scalia said that ALL the amendments have limits but that the right case hadnt yet reached the SCOTUS.
Jan. 18, 2013, 7:53 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Do something even if you don't know what you are doing! Get on that bandwagon.

It is now illegal for police officers to have a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds.

Nice work - they sure passed this law Fast & Furious!
Jan. 18, 2013, 8:46 am
Dave from Park Slope says:
Even Marty Golden is right once in a (great) while.

Why don't these Young Republican nut jobs move to Idaho and practice shooting down black helicopters?
Jan. 18, 2013, 9:03 am
O2 from BK says:
when chris wallace asked justice thomas if there were NO limits on the 2d amendment, thomas said that ALL the amenments have limits but that the right case hadn't yet reached the SCROTUM!
Jan. 18, 2013, 9:24 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
Good for you Marty! Stand up to the gun nuts. Glenn Nocera and Russ Gallo are only concerned about keeping the money flowing from the NRA and the other criminal lobby organizations (er, I ment gun lobby)into their organizations.
Jan. 18, 2013, 9:56 am
Sam from Fort Hamilton says:
Just when you thought it was safe to hate Marty Golden...
Jan. 18, 2013, 10:14 am
Liberal Leroy from Dyker says:
Im sure Marty is thrilled to know that Republicans are mad at him and liberals are loving him now. Lets see how that works out when he hold his next $500 dinner.
Jan. 18, 2013, 10:36 am
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
I voted for Golden in last November and I support his decision on gun control. It is an example of "Profile of Courage".
Jan. 18, 2013, 10:51 am
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
I still think Marty is no longer relevant as a state senator for New York City. Alabama, may be.

Marty just did what his leadership told him to do. That's how the State Senate operates.
Jan. 18, 2013, 12:04 pm
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
I still think Marty is no longer relevant as a state senator for New York City. Alabama, may be.

Marty just did what his leadership told him to do. That's how the State Senate operates.
Jan. 18, 2013, 12:04 pm
Larry from Park Slope says:
How did Brooklyn get so lucky to have TWO "rival" Young Republican clubs," full of gun nuts.

What is their rivalry over? Let's see, "Which leader can make the dumbest, most insensitivie statement after the massacre of the decade?"


"Which leader supports the discredited National Rifle Associate with the most determination."

I think old State Senator Golden will run circles around these "know nothing" Young Republicans punks.
Jan. 18, 2013, 1:02 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Remember, Marty is the former cop who "lost" his gun.
Jan. 18, 2013, 2:09 pm
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Jan. 18, 2013, 3:34 pm
Sunday says:
NYS Gang-bangers .
Jan. 20, 2013, 8:53 pm
Bay Ridge Phantom from Bay Ridge says:
A tip of the hat to Marty Golden for making the right call once again.

The Gun Punks may have undue influence in some parts of the country, but they have no power in Brooklyn.

Give 'em the back of the hand, Marty!
Jan. 21, 2013, 10:26 am
Richard Grayson from Bay Ridge says:
I don't like many of the other positions Sen. Golden takes, but he is to be commended for his vote on gun control.
Jan. 21, 2013, 2:48 pm
Aldo from Bath Beach says:
Brooklyn Republicans blast GOP? Yeah, all five of them.

Golden has taken positions in the past that are outright reactionary but this is one example where he did the correct thing and stood up to the survivalist gun lunatics from Nebraska and the gun manufacturers who control them via their front group, the NRA.
Jan. 22, 2013, 3:56 pm
Guido Fauci from Owls Head says:
Gallo would be better served merging his phony Brooklyn Young Republicans, which was set up to benefit State Senator Golden and the Republican establishment with the longstanding Brooklyn Young Republican Club headed by Glenn Nocera, which has a long tradition of independence from the County Republican Organization.

Most of the "membership" of any Young Republican Club in Brooklyn is supportive of the full constitutional right of "the people" to "keep and bear" state of the art small arms. Also, I would expect that both Brooklyn Young Republican presidents would and should be armed since they are both police or peace officers.
Jan. 27, 2013, 5:43 pm

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