Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Not That SAFE, Is It?

1-year-old boy dies after being shot on Brooklyn street
NEW YORK – New York City's police commissioner says investigators have some leads in the killing of a 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller while on a walk with his parents.

Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke Monday about the death of Antiq Hennis, who was shot Sunday evening on a Brooklyn street.
I hate bringing up stories like this because IMHO it's perilously close to the blood dancing that the anti-gun folks do whenever there's a mass shooting. This is a horrible, horrible story. An innocent baby lost his life, and no amount of posturing on either side of the gun control issue will bring him back. What's worth noting, though, is that one side - those aligned against freedom - will only propose more and more measures that have nothing to do with what actually happened.

I mean, with all the gun control NYC has, you'd think it'd be safe enough for a family to walk down the street. 

The article doesn't say when they were out walking, but really, it shouldn't matter. Even if this was a hit on his father, why on earth couldn't they have waited until he was alone? This isn't a gun control problem. I would be very surprised if the shooter had a valid NY carry permit. I would be very surprised if the shooter legally owned the firearm. I would be very surprised if the shooter didn't have a lengthy criminal record that already prohibits him from owning any firearms - you know, the gun-free utopia the antis wished we all lived in.

Gun control doesn't work to get guns out of the hands of the criminals. NY, LA, Chicago, Boston; these cities are all in bastions of gun control where access to firearms is dramatically restricted - yet we hear about the types of murders committed above on a frequent basis. Gangbangers don't care that their magazines carry over a certain magical number of bullets. They don't care who they hit when they pull the trigger. Throwing another law - or another dozen laws - on the books isn't going to stop something like this.

Actually prosecuting the people responsible, and keeping them in jail, might just, though...

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

1 comment:

Crotalus said...

And these effin' idiots will never get the irony of wrecking the rights of honest people and expecting criminals to obey the laws.