Albany needs to address gun violence
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As we write this, 1,329 people in New York City have been killed or injured by gun violence this year alone. By the time you read this, that number will probably be higher.

If you're doing the math, that averages out to about five people per day being shot. For a city that prides itself on being one of the safest big cities in the country – the world even – that number is way too high.

And it's hard to blame Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He has been at the forefront on this issue at the national level, sounding the alarm about the dangers that illegal guns pose to law-abiding citizens, but there is only so much he can do at the local level.

(Although, his seeming willingness to do more with less when it comes to staffing the NYPD isn't necessarily helping when it comes to public safety, but that's a different issue.)

Where progress can be made is at the state level. After yet another shooting at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, the area's councilman, Jimmy Van Bramer, introduced resolutions in the City Council calling on the State Legislature to pass bills that would require a 10-day waiting period on all firearms, limit gun purchases to one per month, and close background check loopholes, among other initiatives.

The State Legislature is currently mulling over calling a special session to tackle a very important issue – giving themselves a pay raise. It's unlikely that will happen before the election in November – that would look bad to voters – so in the meantime they could call a special session to address the issue of gun violence in New York City.

That's exactly what Brooklyn state senator Daniel Squadron is calling on Albany lawmakers to do. Last week, after a shooting in his district, he called for a special legislative session to tackle this problem.

There's no logical reason why this shouldn't happen.

Passing a few bills obviously won't solve the problem overnight. Criminals will still find ways to get guns, and it won't address the issue of how easy it is to purchase a gun in other states across the nation.

But doing nothing won't help either.

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NYCCW
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October 11, 2012
Do something! Even if it is wrong! The author concludes more laws wont work but wants them anyway.

Seriously??
TEEBONICUS
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October 11, 2012
I guess it's true that "You can't fix stupid."

Because, passing more and more restrictive laws that do nothing but shackle people who are not the stated reason for those laws is STUPID, and dolts like this author fit the description. They insist on doing what in practice fails every time. And that makes them stupid.

Sorry, but the truth is sometimes cruel.

STOOPID.
RLEmery
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October 11, 2012
Another politician moronisor (extinct brainless dinasaur found alive) who refuses to acknowledge that no one believes the pathological lie that gun control reduces violence, when all govt. data shows it never does or will.

The refusal to acknowledge the Haynes vs US 390, 85, 1968 ruling clearly stated that no person was legally held to obey a law that required them to violate their 5th amendment right of no self incrimination making 85% of existing 20,000 gun control laws not applicable to felons.

The refusal to acknowledge how the BATF has since 1994, refused to prosecute more than 1% of the 1 mil felons stopped from buying from a licensed source, or the 830,000 others rejected which include the crazies. Dont forget the Congressional study verifying that anyone using a fake identification passes the background check, or that the BATF does nothing about the 95% of felons who dont even attempt to buy from a licensed source to begin with. Much less the fcat the BATF refuses civilians access to the NICS system, only allowing FFL licensed dealers to do so.

Yeah, that idiotic refusal to acknowledge how the massive majority of the background check failures, is all the BATF/Govt. fault, yet you want the law abiding gun owners to pay for their F-R-E-A-K-I-N-G failures with more useless as T-I-T-S on a boar hog legislation that wont apply to felons, wont be enforced, and wont reduce violence, EVER.

Then of course the politicians failing to fund and resource the mental health reporting function to the NICS. As of July 2012, there are 1.7 mil records of people who by due process of being adjugded mentally ill, have lost their 2A right. Sad how mental health experts identify that 50% of the current prison population is severely mentally ill and that 7% of US adults (21.8 mil) are also severely mentally ill.

The ability to exercise your first amendment right to promote a pathological lie that gun control works should be eradicated and there should be 20,000 laws on the 1A as words and ideas are more dangerous than any tool eveyr has been. What with words and ideas forming a belief system called religion, 10's of millions have died throughout history because someones God, had a bigger w-a-n-g-f-u than the others God.

Not to mention the US govt. acknowledges that over 92% of deaths by illegal use of a firearm are committed by career criminals, gang members, and suiciders.

So reality is all you have proposed, does nothing to reduce violence and never will as you have failed to reduce or eliminate all these government failures that must be fixed first. Much less actually addressed the real reasons driving violence, avarice, greed, lust, alcohol & drug abuse, gangs, 1 momma w 8 kids and 8 different daddies, entitelemnt programs, ZERO tolerance, broken family structure, etc, etc, etc. But hey, enjoy your first amendment right to make a fool of yourself, your rather good at it!
DirgeNYS
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October 10, 2012
First, there is a difference between gun violence and gun crime. Gun violence is an umbrella term for all harm inflicted on a person by means of a firearm, including lawful self defense cases, accidents, suicides, and violent crime. Gun crime is just that: crime in which the illegal use of a firearm is involved. If you look into it, you'll find that lawful self defense cases, accidents, and suicides outnumber gun crimes by a significant amount. Confusing gun violence with gun crime and vice versa only serves to misinform readers and distort the facts.

Second, if you admit that more laws "won't solve the problem overnight", and you state that "criminals will still find ways to get guns", then why do you immediately go on to blame the violence on a so-called lack of gun laws in other states? If criminals don't obey laws, then why would they suddenly obey waiting periods and gun purchasing limitations? The only way criminals would be more likely to obey these particular laws is if they were more strictly enforced. If a lack of enforcement is so a problem, then why not enforce current existing gun laws more strictly, especially those already in the books here in New York State, which has more gun laws than the majority of other states in America? And if these current laws are having no effect on criminals, what good would come of creating more? The only people these laws affect are the law abiding.

Finally, in states like New York, California, and Illinois, all of them having strict gun control laws and all of them having some of the worst violent crime rates in America, one obvious and successful concept refuses to be brought up: allowing the law abiding citizens to arm and protect themselves and each other from criminals and the violent mentally unstable. States like Vermont, Texas, and Arizona have significantly less-restrictive gun laws and they enjoy some of the lowest violent crime rates in America. Why not let the good people exercise their Constitutional right and arm themselves? Why ignore the elephant in the room?
fordgod21
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October 10, 2012
start letting the law abiding citizens carry in new york city and youll see a drop.
IH8NY
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October 10, 2012
Why not make it more difficult for drivers to drive everytime there's a drunk driving murder?

Making the laws more difficult for the legal gun owner won't solve a thing. All firearms were completely banned in England, and the violent gun related crime rate rose fourfold. No sir, the only solution is to enforce the existing crime laws, and get tough on the criminals. New York City's revolving door criminal justice system is fully to blame tor NYC's problems.