Folks, it doesn’t get any more pathetic than this. On his second day in office, Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed an executive order prohibiting gun shows on county-owned property.
Let’s think about this for a moment. First, the obvious. What are this dude’s priorities as the newly-elected chief of Westchester? Gun shows. Really? Your first week on the job, you’re worried about guns shows? Not lowering taxes or creating jobs or improving schools or, you know, focusing on stuff that really matters to the people who put you in office?
Instead. The priority is fulfilling a “campaign promise” to ban gun shows. Because they’re such a danger to public safety. They’re hotbeds for criminal activity. Because it will “save lives”! Right?
Well, if that’s the case, the county should just ban them altogether. Not just on public property. Everywhere. The problem is, of course, there is nothing wrong with gun shows. Criminals by and large don’t buy firearms at these events. At least according to the facts.
Even the whole “gun show loophole” argument doesn’t hold water here. This is New York. Universal background checks are the law of the land. Plus, one needs a gun permit to simply possess a handgun. No one is attending a gun show in Westchester and purchasing a firearm without either a background check or a gun permit.
So, public safety is definitely a non-issue. No lives will be saved by banning gun shows. None. Why ban them then? You ready for this. Feelings. How people feel about gun shows. They make certain people feel — wait for it — uncomfortable.
“The (Westchester) County Center hosts basketball, Westchester Knicks play there in the developmental league, we have had the Harlem Globetrotters come in for performances, we have a bridal show coming up, we have a model train show that normally comes into the arena, we have job fairs and high school graduations and concerts, all very friendly family fare,” said Latimer.
Gun shows, according to Latimer, promote “a culture that might be more appropriate in parts of New York state, but in our state suburban environment, I don’t think it is comfortable for most people.”
Right. You know what makes me uncomfortable? A government that perpetuates the idea that exercising one’s right to keep and bear arms is not “family fare.” What about hunting? What about the shooting sports? Those are amazing pastimes for people of all ages. Not every activity needs to be in the vein of “Grublets on Ice” to be family friendly.
I’m not even going to bring up self-defense. And, how, empowering people to take responsibility for their safety and the safety of their family can actually save lives. Much like learning first aid or CPR or keeping a fire extinguisher on hand just in case. Nope. Not even going to bring that up. Apparently, suburbanites are more “comfortable” with being victims of violent crime than they are with defending themselves and their kin.
I’ll end on this note. It’s a sad state of affairs when feelings trump Constitutional rights. Or, when a boneheaded politician is able to grab headlines for a feel-good measure that does nothing at all, except to reinforce the sentiment that lawful gun owners should be treated as second-class citizens.
Days like today make me really, really, really glad I left Kentucky to move back to New York.