Just how far off its rocker is New York City when it comes to gun ownership?
The City Council Public Safety Committee voted Monday 6-1 on a measure that would require NYPD to hand out written warnings about the dangers of gun ownership to prospective permit applicants.
“Just like the [Surgeon General’s] warning that you see on the side of cigarette packs have changed the perception of smoking, these gun warnings are the first step to changing the public’s conversation,” said co-sponsor Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson in an interview with the New York Post.
“We would be one of the first major jurisdictions to enact this type of legislation,” she added.
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LOL. This is insane. What exactly do they plan on putting on these warning?
Gibson, a Democrat from the Bronx, didn’t exactly say but according to the NY Post she pointed to studies that suggest there is a link between gun ownership and higher rates of suicide and domestic violence.
If we’re going to play that statistics game, here’s one of merit. In 2013, the CDC reached the following conclusion on the frequency of defensive gun uses (DGUs). Instances where a good guy uses a gun to stop the commission of a crime.
Defensive uses of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence, although the exact number remains disputed. Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.
(That was back in 2013 when Obama was in the White House. Barry wasn’t exactly a champion of the 2A.)
What we have here is an unavoidable truth. Law-abiding citizens use firearms to defend themselves, their families and their property every day in this country. And they do it more than criminals use guns to perpetrate crime. Though the council may not want to admit it, the net effect is that guns save lives.
Putting warnings on gun permit applications is stupid. The law-abiding folk who are applying for permits aren’t the creeps abusing women or gangbangers shooting up the neighborhood.
A small number of criminals is responsible for perpetrating the majority of violence in a city. We know this because (A) it’s common sense and (B) cities have started paying these thugs not to commit crimes.
Think I’m crazy? Upon recognizing that 28 miscreants were responsible for 70 percent of gun-related assaults or homicides in 2009, city leaders in Richmond, California reached out to those individuals offering them a $1,000 monthly stipend to keep a clean nose.
The result of the program? Since 2007 the city has managed to reduce firearm-related homicides by 76 percent and firearm-related assaults by 66 percent.
We can’t let a few bad apples ruin the entire bunch. We can’t lawmakers scare good people from exercising their right to keep and bear arms.
This warning has nothing to do with increasing the public’s self-reliance and personal preparedness and everything to do with keeping up the ruse that we need a “Safety Council” to keep us safe.
The full Council will vote on this measure in the near future. We’ll keep you posted.