It’s been three years since the NYPD lost an officer while on duty. No matter the circumstances of this assassination, its timing, causes, etc., this one is going to hurt the NYC area for quite some time. So, how soon before someone says THIS is another reason for greater gun control measures? How long before some misguided idiot, eager to exploit this senseless loss, decides to use it to make an irrelevant point that fits their narrative? I am sure it will come, and when it does, someone should be ready to remind that fool and their followers that . . .
1) The killer was a convicted, serial felon having most recently served time for felony illegal gun possession.
2) The killer first had his pistol in Maryland, a high gun rights restriction state, where he shot his ex girlfriend.
3) The killer brought that illegally owner handgun across state lines from MD to NYC without the strict gun laws in DE, PA, NJ nor NY making him think about violating those laws for a single minute. How much deterrence did those laws pose?
4) Irrespective of the pistol’s legality and the killer’s apparent scoffing at the existing gun laws, he fired a number of rounds that could be held in a single “standard capacity” magazine that might otherwise be legal in NJ, NY and CT. How effective was the 10-round mag limit at giving these officers a chance to defend themselves?
So, we should soon have some idiot either say, post or tweet on Sunday that stronger gun laws could have prevented this senseless assassination. Watts? Blumenthal? Murthy? Bloomberg? Someone else? But when that first idiot decides to speak out, let’s all be ready to remind them that, contrary to their arguments, this convicted, serial felon was not deterred for a moment by some of the strongest gun laws in the country.
In a sane world, the above list of particulars should be enough to convince even the most dedicated gun-grabber that this is a bad example to try to use to their advantage, but I am confident that they won’t be able to help themselves. Wait for it….
Here it is! Check out this comment by Steven D under a dailykos.com post on the shooting:
The NRA fought and worked so hard to bring into being, a world where everyone is afraid of everyone else and gun sales increase, and cops are ambushed, and women are shot by their abusers, and people of color are killed by police at rates approaching the era of lynchings.
I am ashamed of my county, and of so many of my fellow citizens, for buying into this deliberate attempt to polarize the nation, and to make gun violence a daily news story in every media market. I am ashamed at everyone who has contributed to letting the NRA and its fellow travelers on the right get away with inciting death, murder, the militarization of the police and the continual sale of firearms to people who have no need for them, but buy them only out of fear.
So far, the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Facebook page simply says “our sympathies are with their families on this sad day.” It’s only a matter of time . . .