The NRA Vs. Authoritarianism
James Freeman, The Wall Street Journal
Some leftist pundits are too busy claiming that Donald Trump’s reduction of federal power amounts to authoritarianism to notice the genuine article in the state of New York. Or maybe they don’t care.
But if there are any civil libertarians in the so-called progressive movement, they might benefit from the following thought experiment: Read the lawsuit filed on Friday by the National Rifle Association against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his Department of Financial Services, and its Superintendent Maria Vullo. Also check out the governor’s April 19 press release on the topic. Then imagine that the target of Mr. Cuomo’s recent assault on political speech is anyone other than the gun-rights group.
Mr. Cuomo has often found the NRA to be a useful foil as he appeals to New York’s liberal electorate. And perhaps he has never needed to shoot at the NRA target more than right now, as he faces a surprisingly strong challenge for the Democratic nomination.