The NYPD gun unit returned and a lot of people aren’t happy about that. I’m not overly crazy about it myself. After all, with New York’s gun control laws, there are likely a lot of people who have guns that don’t have permission from the city.
Won’t those people get jammed up, too?
Well, so far, it seems most of the arrests aren’t good guys who just skirted an unconstitutional law. Not even close.
The NYPD’s new anti-gun unit has netted more than 100 arrests since it launched last month — and nearly 70 percent of those busted have a prior criminal history, officials said Sunday.
Mayor Eric Adams lauded the progress made by his Neighborhood Safety Teams, which hit the streets in mid-March in response to the Big Apple’s uptick in gun violence.
“We have to stop the flow of guns, but we also must do the jobs of getting the guns off the streets that’s on there now, and my anti-gun unit, they’re doing that,” Adams said on “Face the Nation” Sunday.
Previously, officials said the NSTs had nabbed 31 people and recovered 10 guns in its first week.
Among the anti-gun unit team’s busts was that of a 20-year-old accused Bloods member, who Adams dubbed “the poster child of the failing system.” The retired NYPD captain has repeatedly argued that Albany lawmakers should grant New York judges the authority to consider the dangerousness of criminal defendants during pre-trial court proceedings.
Now, understand that Adams is anti-gun in so many ways. While he ran on a tough-on-crime platform, he’s still not one of us by a longshot.
But he does seem to have his guys going after the bad guys with guns. That’s a good thing.
However, the fact that there are so many bad guys with guns tells us that the city’s gun control isn’t really accomplishing all that much.
I hate to be the one to tell them this, but if it did, there probably wouldn’t be enough guns in criminal hands to warrant a special unit of the NYPD to address them.
Of course, gun control laws don’t seem to be helping much in California, either. Funny how that seems to work out.
Except, of course, those laws failing to work tend to result in people being injured or killed, which kills the humor.
With luck, the upcoming Supreme Court ruling will scuttle New York’s efforts to keep law-abiding citizens disarmed. As a result, criminals there will have more to worry about than the NYPD. They’ll have to worry about whether or not their potential victims are armed or not and what that will mean with regard to their ability to breathe for the foreseeable future.
That’s a win in the long run and it will likely make life easier for the NYPD and the people of New York.
Of course, Adams will get credit for it, even if he disagrees publicly with the Supreme Court decision, but that’s a small price to pay. Most New Yorkers will be safer and that’s what matters.