The anti-gun faction in American politics likes to present its efforts as acts of outraged conscience, but stories like this expose how hollow their claims of morality are. Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, frequent gun-control promoter and sponsor of the NY SAFE Act, was found guilty of seven charges of federal corruption and graft. He had illegally appropriated more than $4 million since 2000.
Silver’s conviction has the potential to damage the reputation of his long-time ally Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has recently intensified his anti-gun campaign and has appeared in public cooperating with Hillary Clinton on gun control. His office released a statement applauding the ruling, in an apparent attempt to distance himself from Silver’s legacy.