Who’s to blame for gun violence? Is it the gun sellers who sell a product in high-demand? Is it the gun manufacturer? Is it lawmakers? Or, is it the vicious SOBs who commit these crimes?
According to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, it’s the South.
During Brooklyn’s September 7th, 2015, J’Ouvert Festival, there were four shootings and one stabbing. One of the victims of this violence was Cuomo’s ex-aide, Carey Gabay, who was tragically caught in the crossfire of gun violence and killed when he was shot in the head.
On September 17th, Cuomo lashed-out at the Southern states and blamed them for the gun violence that infests the Big Apple.
Speaking of the disastrous SAFE Act, Cuomo told Harlem breakfast attendees, “The cruel irony here is that we passed the toughest gun control law in the country here in New York.”
The controversial law was jammed-through in record time to capitalize upon the national grief and anti-Second Amendment hysteria that followed the tragedy at Sandy Hook. The act bans scary-looking “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines and includes a gun registry and expanded background checks.
Reportedly, this law has been widely ignored by New Yorkers who understand the danger of acquiescing to such tyranny. The law requires citizens to come forward to register their weapons, but without a pre-existing registry, the vast majority of gun owners have refused as only 5% of gun owners are estimated to be complying with the law.
Venting his frustration, Cuomo continued on to blame the South for New York’s gun violence problem, saying, “As long as you can get a gun from some state down south, put it in a trunk and drive it up, it’s gonna get into this state, and that’s what’s happening.”
To an extent, he’s correct insofar as he admits that criminals will always be able to find a gun. They exist and that bell cannot be un-rung. However, though Cuomo appears to realize this fact, his outrage appears devoid of any common sense as the logical solution is not more gun laws that restrict the rights of the law-abiding.
Time and time and time again, the only thing that has proven successful at curbing gun violence is getting guns into the hands of the responsible citizenry.
While Chicago, D.C. and Newark all continue to try the same, failed policies they have been trying for forty years, states with big cities like Florida and Texas enjoy much lower crime rates as they furnish citizens with the right to carry a firearm.
In fact, just one year after begrudgingly allowing a trickle of concealed carry permits in the Windy City, Chicago enjoyed the lowest murder rate in 56 years!
Meanwhile, just two years after passing the SAFE Act, New York is witnessing a surge in violent crime. Further, Democrat-run cities like Milwaukee, New Orleans, Baltimore and St. Louis are seeing similar upticks in gun crimes.
But, no; it couldn’t possibly be the disastrous legislation. It’s those darn Southerners!
Political science is not strictly a science. However, there are many occasions when the scientific method can be applied and one can isolate a reasonable conclusion.
For example: gun control efforts serve as a prime example of where the scientific method can be applied to policy decisions. Simple observation shows that government-enforced gun control efforts do not work. Take a look at Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York City, South Central Los Angeles and many other big cities with stringent anti-Second Amendment laws. What do they all have in common?
You guessed it- sky-high rates of gun violence. Of course, there are other factors and variables, but at its core, it’s plain to see that gun control efforts only disarm the law-abiding.
Let’s apply this same, rudimentary sense of observation internationally. Mexico maintains some of the fiercest anti-gun laws in the Western hemisphere. Still, take one step outside a cushy Mexican resort and one will observe that Mexico is far from being the realization of the left’s crime-free utopia.
It’s maddening to see that after decades of gun control, the very basics of commonsense are still disregarded. In a simplistic fashion, it’s easy to see that generally speaking, “more guns= less crime.”
Jot that down, Cuomo.