New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, is raising the need for national gun control legislation to try and put a stop to violence nationwide after Carey Gabay, First Deputy Counsel for Empire State Development, was shot in the head and critically wounded.
43-year-old Carey Gabay was critically wounded in Brooklyn, New York, by what Cuomo described as a “seemingly random bullet” that struck him in the head. Cuomo said Tuesday morning on CNN’s “New Day” that Gabay remains in “very, very critical condition” and said he had “nothing good” to report after speaking with Gabay’s family.
He was hit with a stray bullet after someone fired several rounds nearby as Gabay was enjoying pre- West Indian Day Parade festivities with his family. He was rushed to Kings County Hospital Center in critical condition, according to CNN.
Gabay’s family said in a statement:
“Carey remains in critical condition and is currently in a coma surrounded by his loved ones,” Gabay’s family said. “Our family is thankful for the outpouring of prayers that we’ve received in the aftermath of this senseless violence. Carey has always been an inspiration to all of us and he continues to inspire us with his fight for survival. We are leaning on our faith and asking for continued support during this extremely difficult time.”
Cuomo called on federal lawmakers to have the “political courage” to enact stricter gun control measures on a national level, according to TimesUnion.
“This nation has to have the political courage to step up and the elected officials have to have the political courage to step up and say, ‘This weekly ongoing tragedy of loss of life of innocent victims, school children, young girls, young boys must stop,’” said Cuomo. “I can’t pass a tougher law than we did or a smarter law than we did.”