The law focuses heavily on rifles, for example, never mind that rifles were used in all of five murders in New York state in 2011; fists killed 28.
As for handguns, New York’s laws are already among the nation’s strictest — but criminals simply ignore them; only Mayor Bloomberg’s aggressive stop-and-frisk program seems to be having any positive effect. When he’s gone, so will be stop-and-frisk, and then it’ll be Katie-bar-the-door once again.
But if Cuomo had waited, some other governor would have gotten there first — dimming the luster of his own rising star.
In that respect, the gun bill essentially embodies the cynicism that has animated the administration from its first days.