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Early Monday morning, Carey Gabay, an aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was shot in the head, apparently by a stray bullet; he is not expected to survive. As member kelsurprise notes on the Member Feed, both Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are already calling for additional gun control measures, despite New York already having some of the least gun-friendly laws in the country:
Seeing as Cuomo’s previous foray into more stringent gun laws bordered on delusional, I’m curious to know what additional measures he thinks will manage to address the criminal element responsible for the majority of gun violence here, while still “protecting the Second Amendment and legitimate gun owners.”
As Jacob Sullum notes at Reason, statistics do not paint the tidy fewer-guns-less-crime picture that gun-grabbers want (if you exclude suicides from the statistics, the numbers are even less useful to them). Moreover , barring the extremely unlikely prospect that the fatal shot was fired by either a NYPD officer or one of the handful of people with the resources and connections to obtain a carry permit in the Big Apple, the killer had already committed multiple crimes before he even drew the weapon.
Which is hardly surprising, as both evidence and common sense show that criminals are little perturbed by local gun laws. In a nation that rightly considers the right to bear arms as a central expression of (and safeguard to) liberty, there is simply no effective way to completey stop the illegal distribution of weapons without violating the Second Amendment.
If Cuomo and De Blasio have even a passing acquaintance with reality — doubtful, I realize — they know this. They likely also know that it’s only a matter of time before New York is forced to rewrite its gun laws to put them in accord with Heller and MacDonald (a new case is wending its way through the system as we speak). They — and, more importantly, the residents of New York — would be better served by putting their energy into bringing Gabay’s killer to justice than in pursuing policies that don’t work, can’t work, and, even if they did work, would be unconstitutional and inimical to liberty.