Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Not That SAFE, Are You?

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly Orders More Officers, Resources to Areas of Gun Violence
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has deployed additional police officers and resources to the areas of the city that saw a spike in gun violence that resulted in seven deaths over the weekend, officials said.

Twenty-six people were shot in 22 shootings during the 72-hour period beginning Friday, according to police. Seven people were killed, three in Brooklyn, two in the Bronx, one in Queens and one in Manhattan.
22 shootings resulting in 7 deaths. Over a weekend. That's more than two people killed by gunfire a day. In New York. Where they are not allowed to possess "assault weapons" or load more than 7 rounds into a magazine. Tell me again how gun control works? Criminals aren't obeying the rules about carrying firearms without permits. They're more than likely not getting the firearms legally. It's quite doubtful that they're obeying the SAFE Act, for that matter.

We have a CRIMINAL problem, not a gun problem. Rather than pass insane and obviously ignored laws about how many rounds a magazine can hold, why not try something innovative and throw the criminals in jail? New York is a "may issue" state for concealed carry; has an "assault weapons" ban where all "assault weapons" (like a Ruger 10/22 with a pistol grip) have to be registered; the handguns you own must be registered with the state; and countless other provisions, each more onerous than the last.

And yet NYC still sees violence like this on a regular basis...

That is all.


Anonymous said...

Were the Chicago Cubs or White Sox in town over the weekend?


Ed said...

NYC - a magical place for magical thinking.

Daniel in Brookline said...


I could be mistaken, but I think you're quoting the rules for New York State in general (no assault weapons, no more than 7 rounds per mag). In New York City, guns -- of any sort -- are well-nigh impossible to get legally, unless you're one of the well-connected Beautiful People.

If you don't trust the police to protect you ("when seconds count" and so forth), New York City is not a very good place to be.