The state of New York just passed a whole slate of gun control legislation, the first new laws since the NY SAFE Act in the wake of Sandy Hook. What legislators passed is the typical gaggle of new rules that we’re now seeing pushed throughout the country, things like red flag laws and universal background checks. However, there’s a bit more to it.
Despite the slew of new regulations, anti-gun lawmakers in the Empire State are far from finished with infringing on New Yorkers’ Second Amendment rights.
In remarks to gun-control advocates, the governor said: “I don’t want you to think that the job is over today because it is unfolding.”
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins also signaled support for additional gun control measures in comments to reporters.
New York’s governors and its two top legislative leaders — often negotiating privately as the “Three Men In a Room” before Stewart-Cousins broke the gender barrier — have long held near-total control over passage of laws and allocation of spending in the state. Given their common interest, the stage is set for additional legislation.
The next gun control measure might well be a bill that would criminalize storage of unlocked guns in premises where children are present. It’s inspired by the 2010 shooting death in Wilton of 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin by a friend playing with his father’s pistol. It expands on the 2013 SAFE Act, which requires gun owners to keep their firearms secured if they live with someone barred from owning guns.
The measure is co-sponsored by Heastie and Stewart-Cousins in their respective chambers and was moving through early stages of legislative review last week.
Rebecca Fischer, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, said passage of the six proposed laws was a victory, and a safe-storage mandate is the next priority for her organization.
In other words, the state’s going to tell people how they have to keep their guns inside their own homes. Nevermind that your situation is unique or anything. Nope. The state’s going to demand you have your gun locked up so you can’t get to it quickly when you need it.
No way will that go wrong or anything.
Of course, laws passed by anti-gunners are never cognizant of the reality of self-defense. Generally, it’s because they’re unconcerned with the right to protect yourself and your family. Oh, they may pay lip service to it, but they don’t understand it. More to the point, they don’t care to try.
If challenged, these lawmakers will claim that the requirement won’t prevent using a gun in self-defense. That’s because they don’t understand the impact of adrenaline on your fine motor skills. They don’t understand the difficulty in putting a key in a lock when your hands are shaking or when glass is breaking somewhere else in the house. They don’t get that we’re talking about a situation where literally seconds count.
Nope, none of that matters to them.
You don’t deserve to protect your family because you have guns. While no politician would ever articulate it quite this way–it’s a good way to lose middle-of-the-road voters, after all–it’s what these anti-gun politicians believe. It has to be. Otherwise, why would they support measures like this in just this way?
They could support a public education program advising people to keep their weapon secure when out of their possession, but they’re not. They want to make your being armed a moot point.
No doubt, after they push this law, they’ll point to those murdered despite having guns as evidence that owning a gun doesn’t make you safer, all while ignoring their role in these deaths.
But what do you expect from New York at this point?