New York City and Washington, D.C. are the epitomai of anti-gun cities. New York has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country.
The only reason D.C. doesn’t is because they tried and were hammered by the courts. It’s the most anti-gun “shall issue” jurisdiction in the nation. That’s because after their virtually impossible concealed carry scheme went to the federal court, they got slammed and didn’t want to take it to the Supreme Court for another Heller.
Yet despite that anti-gun stance, there’s something very bad going on in both cities.
A series of shootings targeting homeless men in New York City and Washington, DC, were carried out by the same suspect, officials said Sunday.
The five shootings left two men dead and took place over a nine-day period this month, police said.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) and Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) are working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on the investigation, the agencies said in a joint statement.
The agencies described the victims in each incident as “experiencing homelessness” and cited similar circumstances and characteristics in each shooting and recovered evidence as the basis for the joint investigation.
The mayors of both cities issued a joint statement Sunday night saying a “cold-blooded killer on the loose.”
In their joint statement Sunday, New York Mayor Eric Adams and Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser called the shootings “heinous crimes” and called on residents to report any information that could help the investigation.
“The work to get this individual off our streets before he hurts or murders another individual is urgent. The rise in gun violence has shaken all of us and it is particularly horrible to know that someone is out there deliberately doing harm to an already vulnerable population,” they said.
The mayors also called on residents who are homeless to seek shelter.
“It is heartbreaking and tragic to know that in addition to all the dangers that unsheltered residents face, we now have a cold-blooded killer on the loose, but we are certain that we will get the suspect off the street and into police custody,” they said.
Another person originally classified as a victim turns out not to have been shot, which may or may not suggest it’s not linked.
Yet I can’t help but notice how New York’s gun control laws didn’t seem to do much of anything to prevent this kind of horrible act.
Maybe that’s because criminals don’t obey the law? All the anti-gun laws in the world won’t stop someone with so much hate or damage in their heart that they’ll just randomly shoot some of the most vulnerable in our society. They’re broken in ways that we can’t comprehend.
Let’s also note that at least some of the victims were also stabbed, which means even if he hadn’t had a gun, we’d still have victims.
I hate to bring politics into something like this, but we all know that it’s just a matter of time before that happens anyway.
Something evil is walking the streets of New York and/or DC and no amount of anti-gun rhetoric or laws will stop it.