Six people were shot and killed in the Big Apple over this past weekend. There were a total of 25 shootings. One of the wounded is Tayloni Mazyck an 11-year-old who was hit by a stray bullet. She was paralyzed from the waist down and will never walk again. This 48 hours of gun violence in New York City demonstrates clearly that tighter gun-control is not working.
New York was the first state to pass gun-control legislation after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting in December of last year. The state already had relatively tight laws relating to the private ownership and carrying of firearms. Gun-crime in New York city is by no means out of control, considering its size and population. The weekend shootings, however, are one more reminder of a simple fact that has been proven over and over again, but one that gun-control advocates always choose to ignore: Making it harder for law-abiding citizens to obtain firearms never reduces violent crime.
In the United Kingdom, where violent crimes increased by over 80% after the 1992 gun-ban went into effect, a recent poll in a national newspaper showed that 87% were in favor of repealing that gun-ban. There are lots of guns in the United Kingdom; both the police and the criminals have plenty. Regardless of the figures for gun-related violence, however, it should be noted that the United Kingdom – relative to its population – is a far more violent country than the United States.
Chicago is another example of the spectacular and tragic futility of gun-control: More than 500 homicides in 2012; this year, over 100 so far.
The anti-gun lobby – currently championed by the incredibly wealthy mayor of New York City, where an 11-year-old girl will spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair – never appear to be in the least bit concerned with violence committed by people who are actually criminals; instead, they focus obsessively on making it ever more difficult for law-abiding people to exercise their Second Amendment right to own – and carry – a firearm. This fact is highly disturbing, since it shows that the old saying is true: Gun control is not about guns, it’s about control.
The recent gun violence in New York City, despite the tighter gun-control laws, which are obviously not working, claimed the lives of three people on Saturday and three more on Sunday. The incidents were widespread, taking place in Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. A number of these shooting took place in broad daylight. It is within the capabilities of the Police to prevent every crime and protect every citizen. Gun-fights and seemingly motive-less shootings in the middle of the day in a city where the Mayor brags about his gun-control laws is a major black-eye for those who attempt to perpetuate the myth that disarming ordinary citizens will reduce violent crime.
Bloomberg, however, is blaming it on the weather. “When we have hot temperatures, we see that the crime rate seems to go up,” he said Monday. No doubt, he is already thinking about possible ways to regulate Summer.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has deployed more officers, according to a CNN report. The debate about striking a balance between personal privacy and security is raised once again. Bloomberg’s answer – which is the same answer that President Obama, the Democratic Party and the anti-gun Brady Campaign will give – is simple; disarm citizens and put more police on the streets. To Conservatives and Libertarians, that is what’s known as a Police-state. In New York City, the gun violence shows that tighter laws are not working. The answer from the politicians will be; let’s tighten them even further, then!
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Written by Graham J Noble