“This decision sadly confirms what was profoundly obvious. When the police stop tens of thousands of citizens who have done nothing wrong — the overwhelming number being young men of color — basic civil rights are being violated.” Whatever else you can say about sext addict and Big Apple Mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, he sure nailed that one [via nydailynews.com]. U.S. District Judge Shira Sheindlin’d decision “reforming” NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy could signal that we’ve reached the nadir of Constitution-defiling policing. Yes, well, meanwhile, one wonders what effect the policy’s cessation will have on illegal firearms possession in the City’s crime-ridden boroughs. And while some Republicans—yes Republicans—are already hand-wringing about the possibility of soaring “gun violence” let’s not forget that not all illegal gun possession is the same. As any inner-city Chicago dweller will tell you, there are thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens who keep and bear arms illegally [sic]. So it’s possible that the end of stop-and-frisk in The Big Apple could decrease violent crime, as inner city New Yorkers tool-up against bad guys. Then again, gangs. Then again, if gang violence increases, the clamor for the end of the City’s de facto concealed carry ban may also increase. Or the cops will simply crack down harder, federal over-sight be damned. Anyway, Shira, good call. In theory.