One of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aides, a Harvard-educated lawyer, was shot by a stray bullet during parade festivities in Crown Heights when he found himself in the middle of a gang fight. Carey Gabay jumped between two parked cars to get out of the gunfire, but the top of his head was grazed by a bullet. He’s in critical condition at the hospital in a medically-induced coma. At least five others were injured, one fatally, during the gang mayhem.
Governor Cuomo said that this incident shows that as strict as New York gun laws are, they won’t be much help, because other states’ gun laws are too lax. In other words, we need federal gun control laws that mirror those of New York. Reuters reported:
Cuomo in an interview on CNN on Tuesday called for a renewed effort to pass a national policy, saying it is key to stopping the flow of weapons into New York from other states.
“Elected officials have to have the political courage to step up and say, ‘This weekly, ongoing tragedy of loss of life, of innocent victims, school children, young girls, young boys, must stop,” Cuomo said on CNN.
“The only way to deal with this is a national gun policy,” said Cuomo, who said he is “not anti-gun” and is a gun owner himself. He owns a shotgun for hunting, said his spokesman.
A U.S. firearms policy would be aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and mentally ill people, Cuomo said.
“You have to check everyone before they buy the gun. And that is the rub. People who are law-abiding citizens say ‘Don’t bother me. Don’t check me. Only check the criminal.’ But you can’t check the criminal unless you check everyone,” the governor said on CNN.
Does he really believe that gang violence will be stemmed by more gun control laws? Do gang members care what the gun laws are in the states where they reside? Are gang members really going to bother registering their guns and making sure they don’t have any more than seven rounds in their magazines at any time?
Even if other surrounding states were to follow New York’s lead, would that stop gangs from obtaining firearms? Gangs operate apart from the law. They’ll steal guns if they have to. They’ll get them from other criminal organizations. They’ll find a dirty cop. They’ll do anything to get them, and the more laws there are restricting guns, the safer these gang members will be.