“New York Needs Tighter Gun Control”
How Would Cracking Down on Law Abiding Citizens with Carry Permits Stem Gang Violence?
By: Jay Busch
Two days ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s aide was shot at the West Indian American Day parade on Labor Day.
Right on queue, less than 24 hours later, Cuomo was on the war path calling for tighter control laws. Now, I hate commenting on situations like this immediately after they happen, but since Cuomo opened the door, I will follow suite.
Hailing from the State with some of the tightest restrictions on firearms and host to the city with by far the most strict regulations, you would think that Cuomo, who has been triumphing his gun control regulations as a game changer, is starting to reap the negative repercussions that come with those policies.
According to police, they believe this could be related to rival gangs in the area that have been fighting for years. Cuomo went on to say:
“How many weeks do we have to have with the same story over and over and over about the insanity that this country is allowing to continue with violence and loss of life of innocent people, because we have people who have no business having guns having guns? The only way to deal with this is a national gun policy.”
Now, before I lose my mind, lets take a look at the root of the problem. This incident stemmed from (based off knowledge that we have at the moment) gang violence. If you are in a gang, I can all but guarantee you that you did not come about that firearm legally.
So if we have gangs that are fighting gangs, what are the best options to reduce violence? Could it be to back your police officers publically? Maybe allow them to go out and chase the bad guys without fear of being slayed by the media for doing their job? Or worse, thrown in prison because they used force against felons with guns?
How about putting more focus on the communities and trusting your law abiding citizens to defend themselves from this senseless violence rather than hamstringing their natural right to self defense? Earlier this month I wrote about systematic targeting of police officers and the rhetoric being pushed by this nation’s administration that Police officers are not to be trusted?
How about diving straight to the root of the problem and rather than passing ineffective gun laws that we all know criminals ignore, how about cleaning up your city and state’s streets?
Twice in two years we have seen Police Officers turning their backs on high level elected officials. First, it was against Mayor De Blasio. Most recently this weekend it was on our nation’s President. When will people start to realize that the day that the people we trust with enforcing the law start to boycott elected officials is the day that we, as a nation of free citizens, will pay the price for the few elected officials that are making bad policies.