According to New York’s SAFE Act, Empire State residents who are not shooting at a gun range may only load their legal, registered handgun with seven bullets. Why? So that they (or someone) have to reload during a spree killing, giving defenders a chance—however momentary—to intervene. Well, not them. Spree killers. Obvs. People who are not known to obey gun laws. So what’s the point, really? . . .
A desire for politicians to prove to gullible constituents that they “did something” to curb “gun violence” after the Sandy Hook slaughter? Civilian disarmament? Yes and yes. No matter what the motivation the end result of this fascist Kabuki theater is clear enough: otherwise law-abiding citizens losing their gun rights over loading an “extra” three bullets (or more).
Oh and New Yorkers are at greater risk of death, disfigurement and injury. No really. ‘Cause sometimes seven rounds just aren’t enough. Just ask the New York City Police Department, whose officers carry Glock 19’s with “high-capacity” ammunition magazines (18 rounds total) and achieve a 17 percent hit ratio on human targets. Or check this from nydailynews.com:
Ronald Russo, 30, and his wife, Alanna, apparently had the green light and the husband honked at the group to get out of the way. The rowdy kids started kicking the car, according to the criminal complaint. Ronald Russo got out to check on potential damage to his vehicle.
And that’s when all hell broke loose.
Ronald Russo was dragged to the ground. Then he was punched and kicked in the head. He felt more blows all over his body, investigators said. He suffered a fractured nose, a broken septum, a blood clot and abrasions to his shoulder. He was treated and released from Beth Israel Medical Center.
In the midst of the attack, there was a steady chorus of epithets. “White motherf—–!” screamed the attackers, who ranged in age from 12 to 18.
Alanna Russo, 30, was calling 911 when the 12-year-old girl pulled the woman’s hair and threw her to the ground. The victim’s head slammed into the concrete. She suffered a black eye, bleeding and difficulty breathing, prosecutors said, but she refused medical attention.
Her husband’s iPhone was stolen during the melee, according to cops.
The kids scattered after the brazen attack.
The couple could have been killed. Or they could have had a gun (in an alternate state or universe) and stopped the attack in its tracks. Or not. In which case, seven bullets would not have been enough rounds for the job at hand. OK, it may have been. But it may not have been. And what’s the danger of of an armed American carrying, I dunno, 15 rounds? Right. Spree killing.
Here’s another cautionary tale via dailymail.co.uk:
The NYPD is warning Manhattan cyclists to beware gangs who are setting up booby traps along the bike path on the Hudson River and then beating and robbing the unfortunate victims.
Police only have a vague description of the gang who have set up rope clotheslines designed to knock cyclists off their bikes before attacking them with bats and brass knuckles.
Warning those who use the popular route to New Jersey that crosses the George Washington Bridge at 164th street in Washington Heights to be on their guard, the NYPD admit they are concerned by the spate of attacks.
As mentioned above, the NYPD have guns with “high capacity magazines.” So while they may be “concerned” about these gang attacks imagine how cyclists without any firearm whatsoever feels. Or what they could do to save their life with seven bullets. Much better but . . . good enough? Seven good, 10 better, 17 and so on (NYPD cops usually carry two spare magazines, giving them a total of 52 rounds).
‘The rope I saw at the last second, but it was too late. I was already clothes-lined,’ Cho said.
Set upon by the gang, Cho felt blows reign down on him and his attackers made off with his cellphone and cash.
And last week, another man was hit off his bike with a bat and then beaten and mugged along the same stretch of the cycling route.
The NYPD believe that both attacks are connected and are looking for suspects in their 20s.
How many spree killers will be limited by the new law? None. How many New Yorkers will be hurt or killed because gangs know their victims are disarmed? And even that the ones who are (at home thanks to the de facto ban on concealed carry) aren’t so much?