News By Michael Gormley @GormleyAlbany Cuomo says Jeb Bush’s pro-gun tweet plays to unfounded fears Jeb Bush posted this tweet on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Photo Credit: Twitter February 17, 2016 12:45 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s pro-gun tweet that has become social media fodder internationally is a “disservice to everyone.” Under Bush’s Twitter handle, a picture was posted of a dark semi-automatic pistol engraved with “Gov. Jeb Bush” on the slide over the barrel and the simple tweet: “America.” In less than 24 hours it had prompted more than 21,000 retweets. Bush was governor of Florida. “Too much of the politics is about a race to the bottom and playing on peoples’ fears,” said Cuomo, who has been a surrogate for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. “What are you saying? You are really playing to peoples’ fears in the worst sense … nobody is saying people shouldn’t be allowed to carry a gun.” Cuomo brought New York its most restrictive gun control measure in his SAFE Act, which included a further ban on assault weapons and more registration. It was strongly opposed by Republicans in polls. Cuomo called them “extremists.” “I am a gun owner,” Cuomo said after a press event in Harlem to support his proposal for paid family leave. “It is a false fear that they raise to motivate their voting public and I think it does a disservice to everyone … I don’t think it works politically.” By Michael Gormley @GormleyAlbany Michael Gormley has worked for Newsday since 2013, covering state government, politics and issues. He has covered Albany since 2001. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.