Gun grabbers always blame gun crime on the guns themselves. Or global warming. Anything but the criminals. Like Sheila Jackson Lee said earlier this year: “Don’t blame the gangbangers.” They need rehabilitation, not punishment, and we just need to get rid of all the guns.
Chicago and Detroit violence isn’t blamed on draconian gun control laws, but the fact that surrounding states have fewer restrictions on guns. And those guns end up being smuggled into the metropolitan areas of Illinois and Michigan.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is peddling that same excuse for his own city’s gun crimes. New York City is number three in number of gun murders committed between 2009 and 2010, after Los Angeles and Chicago. They had 1,101 murders committed with guns during that time period.
And he can’t blame gun control. He can’t take any responsibility. He’s got to find someone or something else to blame:
“Despite all we do to keep our city safe, we’re increasingly at the mercy of weak national gun laws and weak gun laws in other states. We have been attacking this problem from every angle, but we cannot do it alone.”
And Bloomberg’s chief policy adviser John Feinblatt stated that more guns from Virginia were recovered from New York City crime scenes than from any other state, and it’s been that way for a long time:
“Take Virginia. That state requires no background checks for private sales, and the legislature in that state even recently rolled back their state laws by stripping their one-gun-a-month purchase limit.”
Did it ever occur to Bloomberg or Feinblatt that criminals are attracted to “gun-free zones?” Did it ever occur to them that maybe, just maybe, if New York adopted a more gun-friendly culture (which won’t happen), there would be a lot less desire for criminals to smuggle guns in from other states into New York, and a lot less desire to commit crimes at all? It’s not that other states are too gun-friendly. It’s that New York City, Detroit and Chicago have bought into the idea that gun-free zones are the answers to violence. If every state repealed their respective gun control laws, then there would be no safe place for criminals. Violent crime would be rare.