New York City is up there with Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago in the race for anti-gun capital of the U.S. And like those other cities, because of the Big Apple’s draconian gun laws, gun-related crime is out of control.
Over the weekend there were 13 shootings, 17 victims and two homicides according to CBS2.
Since the city’s tough gun control laws have failed, the NYPD is now teaming up with the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in an effort to reduce the violence.
“There’s going to be an increase in federal arrests – no doubt,” said ATF agent Charles Mulham.
“Now the government will even be also scrutinize the one-time felons, and they don’t necessarily have to have violent backgrounds,” Mulham continued. “They can be people with non-violent backgrounds, but have a felony nonetheless, and now arrested with a weapon.”
It’s clear that this is an effort to put more people behind bars for lengthy sentences.
According to CBS2 the “new federal anti-gun program will allow agents to go after people with as little as one prior felony arrest, and hit them with charges that could carry up to 10 years to jail. A longer record could get a gunman 15 years in a federal lockup.”
With mass incarceration already a problem in the US — we’re about 4.4 percent of the world’s population but have 22 percent of the world’s prisoners — one wonders whether the effort to round up non-violent offenders carrying firearms is the best solution to tackling gun crime in the big apple.
There’s no doubt that bad people need to be put behind bars, but one can’t help but to fret over the wider net the NYPD/ATF is casting to catch criminals. When has bigger government and more aggressive policing ever been good for the average citizen?
With the crazy gun laws still on the books and this robust anti-gun policing initiative rolling out, one can safely assume that NYC will continue to be a hostile place for those who value and respect the Second Amendment.