A Pace University student was stabbed in the head by a NYC subway beggar on Monday after the student refused to provide a ‘charitable donation’ to the bum’s booze fund. The attacker is in custody and the student is expected to survive. This attack is atypical, because it didn’t happen in a back alley or seedy drug den, and it didn’t even happen in the middle of the night. Police say the violent mugging started out as some run-of-the-mill mid-afternoon panhandling, but the 42 year-old beggar turned violent when the 19 year-old student refused to give him money . . .
The bum jumped the kid and stabbed him in the head before wandering away. Police caught him soon after, and he’s in Ryker’s Island awaiting charges.
Any time an innocent, law-abiding person is viciously attacked on the street by a stranger, it should result in a DGU. At best the attacker will run like hell with no shots fired. At worst, the attacker will assume ambient temperature. Either way, the offender’s proclivity toward violent recidivism will be reduced.
This case should have been a DGU also, but for two incomprehensible laws. The first is peculiar to NYC, where the ‘little people’ (you and I) are prohibited from carrying concealed firearms for self-defense. Senators, city aldermen, real-estate moguls and movie stars can call in some favors and get a CCW permit, but there’s one rule for them and another rule for the rest of us. This needs to change in NYC, just like it has had to change in Chicago.
The second incomprehensible rule affects all of us: the law that bars anyone under the age of 21 from possessing a handgun. I’ve never seen any logic in this. It’s not that nineteen year-olds can’t be trusted. In some jurisdictions you don’t even need to be 21 years old to be a gun-carrying police officer.
18 to 21 year-olds are trusted with all kinds of things: we trust them with the vote, with driving and paying their taxes, with property ownership, with marriage and child-rearing, with jury service and military service.
But in nanny-state ‘We Know What’s Best For You’ America, some have decided that we don’t trust them with handguns. The real problem is not that the nannies don’t trust them with guns; it’s that they’re afraid to trust any of us with guns. It’s just easier to single out the nineteen year-olds first.
Our advice to the unnamed 19 year-old student who’s expected to survive? GTFO from NYC, and as soon as you’re 21 get yourself trained up and tooled up.
Source: NY Daily News.