Klein calls NYSRPA president’s comments ‘insulting’ – Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein hit back at comments by state Rifle & Pistol Association President Tom King, who grumbled to YNN that the state’s gun control laws should get an F instead of the B+ awarded earlier this week by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign.

To be fair, King and the Brady Campaign have rather different metrics on this issue.

Klein’s statement:

“Tom King’s recent remarks on the NY SAFE Act are insulting to all New Yorkers who understand we need smart gun control laws. That is why I was proud to sponsor this landmark legislation in the Senate.  As a downstate legislator from the Bronx, I’ve seen first-hand the devastation and tragedy wrought by past gun crimes in New York. Despite Tom King’s opposition to some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, New York is much safer today thanks to the NY SAFE Act. Instead of complaining over the widespread praise we’ve received from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign, I think Tom King’s time would be better spent figuring out ways to better protect New Yorkers from the scourge of gun violence that is shattering lives each and everyday.”