New York’s Gun Control Utopia is a Living Hell

(Photo: de Blasio/NSSF)

By Larry Keane

New York City is a gun control utopia, where benevolent politicians including Gotham’s mayor are hell-bent on making it as difficult as possible for guns to be a part of a free society. Criminals, though, seem to be running rampant.

New York’s gun control is making New York City a living hell, and not just for gun owners. It’s turning the city’s streets into murder zones where innocent children cannot even walk down the street with their parents. That’s because New York’s politicians continue to assign blame to the gun – instead of the criminal illegally wielding it. They focus on the object, not the criminal conduct.

Just this past weekend, New York City experienced 23 criminal shootings, two of which resulted in deaths. Among those wounded was a six-year-old boy, his mother and three others.

New York City’s Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio called it a “peaceful weekend.”

His audacious statement came on the heels of the New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea’s announcement the city topped a 25-year high of gun-related arrests. Between August 31 and Sept. 6, 160 arrests were made in that one week alone. Commissioner Shea explained that 436 arrests were made in a 28-day period ending Sept. 6, up 116 from the 320 arrests made for the same time period last year.

This is New York gun control. The inmates aren’t running the asylum. They’re running the city.

No Pill for that Ill

Mayor de Blasio is the proof. He has been more interested in publicity photo ops painting streets than providing leadership and safety for his fellow citizens.

Mayor de Blasio claims that criminal violence will be cured with a coronavirus vaccine. Seriously?

“We are dealing with a challenge we’ve never seen in the city,” he said in response to a reporter’s question about ongoing crime. “It is, thank God, temporary … there will be a vaccine, there will be a turnaround.” Tell that to the thousands of residents fleeing Gotham for safer communities.

Never mind New Yorkers have endured more than three months of unrelenting violence where an innocent man was gunned down while walking his daughter across the street. After that crime, Mayor de Blasio said it was the fault of the coronavirus, subsequent lockdowns, economic hardships and increasingly warmer temperatures.

“This is directly related to coronavirus,” Mayor de Blasio said. “This is a very serious situation. As we’re getting into warmer and warmer weather, we’re feeling the effects of people being cooped up for months, the economy hasn’t restarted – we have a real problem here.”

No Cops. No Rights

Mayor de Blasio doesn’t understand he has a duty to stop the criminal violence ravaging the city and its residents. Instead, he scapegoats. He shifts blame. He ignores what everyone else can see. Even New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted him for failing to contain crime as it spiraled out of control.

“I believe the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem. I believe he underestimates the duration of the problem, and I don’t think they’ve used enough police to address the situation,” Gov. Cuomo said. “You have 38,000 police officers. Deploy them. Give them support. On the video tape, to me, you see a lot of looting, and not enough police presence.”

Mayor de Blasio demurred. He even turned away an offer of help from the National Guard.

Instead, in July, Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council shifted $1 billion from NYPD’s budget. A former NYC Police Commissioner said the move “cut the heart and soul out of the NYPD.”

The move, though, is disheartening to New Yorkers who trusted Mayor de Blasio years before when he said New Yorkers don’t need guns to keep themselves safe. They could rely on police.

“Everyone deserves to be safe,” Mayor de Blasio told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “The answer is not for everyone to have a firearm – any more than the answer is not for every teacher to have a firearm.”

Instead of police, security and rights, New Yorkers in Mayor de Blasio’s gun control utopia have only one thing – criminals freely running the streets.

Larry Keane is Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and General Counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association.

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  • kimberpross September 16, 2020, 9:30 am

    De Blasio is a progressive liberal activist. Unless you are the same you cannot relate to their thought process. If you are a conservative thinker, in your wildest fictional thoughts attempting to write a story you cannot think like these people, nor can they rationally think like you. Unfortunately there are two political parties and those moderate democrats have to deal with this unless they vote republican or libertarian.

  • David September 13, 2020, 10:42 am

    New Yorkers, like Californians, deserve the hellholes that they created. My only issue is when these same Democrats move to more conserviative states and bring their poisonous ideology with them. It’s like a cancer that’s metastised throughout the body. People of New York, STAY IN YOUR OWN DAMN STATE!

  • Mark - IN. September 12, 2020, 12:13 am

    How can or do you feel sorry for people that continuously vote for and then reelect this? The people that I feel sorry for are the people in other states that the morons that vote for this run to when they can’t take what they caused any longer…and THEN take it with them to those states. If my house is full of cockroaches that I allowed to build up to the point that I move to get away from them, then why would I pack some up and take them with me to my new getaway? Yet, that’s exactly what liberal do.

  • Kimber45 September 11, 2020, 6:03 pm

    The people who elected this blithering idiot deserve what they’re getting.

  • Stan d. Upnow September 11, 2020, 12:52 pm

    Mayor de Blasio said. “This is a very serious situation….we have a real problem here.”

    That’s right, de Blasio, except the Real problem is YOU!!

    • Dave from San Antonio September 11, 2020, 1:24 pm

      I’m quite surprised de Blasio is still counted among the living. He runs NYC like a criminal enterprise, with him being the big ‘capo’…which is, by the way, how all democratic mayors and governors seem to be running their respective cities and states.
      “One of these days the talking will be over and the citizenry of the United States will decide whether or not to remain free.”
      — Dan W. Shoemaker

  • Francis Miller September 11, 2020, 11:56 am

    Being 64 Years Old and served Our Country in a Time of Conflict worked all my life raised never to take any hand outs unless flat on my back our patents and theirs would turn over in their graves if knew and seen idiots like this running our States ans with Mayors like this running our Cities!

  • RGP September 11, 2020, 11:15 am

    Most criticism of people like de Blasio seems to state that they “don’t understand” what they’re doing. This core assumption, that they “don’t understand” what they’re doing, is a big mistake. They know exactly what they’re doing. They’re intentionally malicious. They’re trying to bring down their city, their state, their country, and the rest of the free world. Do not make the mistake of believing that they are nothing more than well intentioned idiots.

  • huapakechi September 11, 2020, 9:19 am

    History provides ample evidence that disarming citizens is the first step in eliminating all rights.

  • Dave Lemay September 11, 2020, 8:56 am

    We need a Federal mandate that clearly stipulates that no State has the right to circumvent the Constitution. The right to bear arms is universal throughout the USA and no State may make a law that in any way infringes on that right. No permits or licenses for carry, or otherwise, since this is a right and thereby, not questionable by a State. Any laws previously enacted by any State would now become null and void. Carry at will.

  • Taxx73 September 11, 2020, 2:02 am

    Maybe Comrade DeBlasio can paint another mural or call some of his Antifa buddies and get them to behave. This commie clown needs to be in prison for treason ,civil rights violations and murder. Why do people keep drinking the Democrat koolaid? I know we have a mental health problem in our country but damn this guy is insane. I think that we might have to dissolve the City of New York (that’s for Letitia James).
    TRUMP 2020!
    Remember If you come for mine you better bring yours!!
    LEAVE OUR RIGHTS ALONE!!!

    • Ashlee September 11, 2020, 2:43 pm

      @Taxx73 Maybe the people of NY could get together and converge upon Comrade DeBlasio’s office and then his home as his people of the Black Lives Matter and Antifa do to others. Also have the Police Commissioner have his people stand down and not help against the people coming. Lets see another uprising against the power at large in these Democrat Sanctuary cities/states!

      • Taxx73 September 11, 2020, 4:00 pm

        Sounds like a good plan to me.
        TRUMP 2020!
        Remember If you come for mine you better bring yours!!
        LEAVE OUR RIGHTS ALONE!!!

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