“Is Governor Cuomo looking to take your guns? Sick of the media outing law abiding gun owners? Are you a lawful New York gun owner seeking lower taxes?” Then move on down to Texas, says the Lonestar State’s Attorney General Greg Abbott.
In response to a law passed by the New York state Legislature Wednesday at the urging of New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo that bans ammunition magazines that hold more than seven bullets, Abbott’s campaign issued two ads in the Empire State inviting lawful gun owners to move to the state of Texas, where their Second Amendment rights would be respected. Abbott posted both of the ads on his Facebook page and asked supporters to “LIKE” their favorite one.
The first ad is a “WANTED” ad that seeks “law abiding New York gun owners looking for lower taxes and greater opportunity.” The second ad directly attacks New York’s first-term Governor and rumored 2016 presidential candidate Andrew Cuoumo and makes mention of the now-infamous decision by a New York newspaper to print the names and addresses of local gun owners last month. Two gun owners’ homes have since been broken into and robbed as a direct result of the publication of the interactive gun map. Abbott’s “WANTED” ad is currently winning the contest with nearly 4,500 likes, and nearly three times the amount of likes as the Cuomo ad, which has just over 1,600 likes.
Abbott has also posted several memes on his Facebook supporting Second Amendment and a picture of him and his daughter with two dead dear, a dead elk, and a dead boar that the photo’s caption says was taken the previous weekend during a hunting trip.
“It is tongue in cheek, but there is a deeper message here,” Abbott said of the ads. “Texas really does stand as the last bastion of ultimate freedom in this country. Over the last decade, more than 4 million people moved to this state, and one reason is freedom and one reason is economic opportunity.” The Texas AG told Reuters he would expand his crusade to protect Second Amendment rights beyond New York if Congress passes new nationwide restrictions on firearms, saying the government could expect to see him in court.
New York’s latest regulation of firearms is widely seen as an attempt by Cuomo to bolster his liberal credentials ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Prior to the passage of Wednesday’s law, New York already had ”the toughest gun laws in the United States,” CNN notes. Abbott’s response to the laws are likely part an attempt to put his own political aspirations in the national spotlight, however, as he is a likely candidate for Governor of his home state in 2014 when current Texas Governor Rick Perry’s third term ends should Perry choose not to seek reelection.