After some encouraging recent examples of cops who get it, along comes Martin Golden. That’s what we get for reading the New York papers. He’s an ex-NYPDer and current New York state senator (R-Brooklyn). As dailynews.com reports, he told a local radio station, “The gun control is an interesting aspect, but what we have to really look at is putting regulation on the people who use illegal guns here in the city and state of New York” . . .
His bold, innovative stance is certainly understandable – and long overdue – given that guns and gun crime have been wholly unregulated in the Empire State for so long now. It’s really been a glaring oversight on the part of city and state lawmakers. Visitors from other parts of the country are routinely shocked by the way virtually anyone can stroll into a hardware store, corner bodega or newsstand in the Big Apple today and walk out with a sawed off shotgun or full-auto pistol.
But a few more gun laws, as the Senator is proposing, are surely just what the doctor ordered to finally break the backs of New York’s street gangs and drug traffickers.
He cited a ranking from a leading gun control advocacy group showing that New York already has the fourth-toughest gun control laws in the country.
“Can we do more? Obviously,” he said.
Unfortunately, about all that’s left in terms of untried additional gun control measures in NYC is summary execution on sight. But the Senator apparently didn’t elaborate as to what “more” gun control measures he has in mind. New Yorkers will surely find out soon enough.