NYPD Fatally Shoots Man Pointing Gun at Another

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New York has some of the most extensive gun laws in the nation. What's strange is that following Bruen, they managed to get even worse. You'd think a smackdown by the Supreme Court would be warning enough, but not there.

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Only California has more restrictive laws on the books, and it's a close call.

Yet despite the plethora of anti-gun regulations meant to keep guns out of bad guys' hands, people with nefarious intentions keep getting guns.

A prime example of this comes after the NYPD shot and killed a man recently.

Police officers shot and killed a 33-year-old man in Brooklyn early Sunday after he was spotted pointing a gun at another man on the street, according to NYPD officials.

NYPD Chief of Department Jeff Maddrey said during a news conference the officers were driving in their patrol car in East Flatbush around 1:15 a.m. when they saw the man with the gun at East 52nd Street and Church Avenue.

Maddrey said the man, who was later identified as Brooklyn resident Christian Emile, started to run off when the officers ordered him to drop his weapon, and that one of the officers “momentarily stunned” him with a taser.

“The male got back up, he still had the gun in his hand," said Maddrey. "He runs back on the sidewalk. The officers give further commands to the male to drop the gun and they fire their weapons.”

Emile died of his wounds at Kings County Hospital. NYPD officials did not say how many times he was shot.

Now, police ordered Emile to drop the gun and he didn't, then they shot. That's at least the correct order of things, a fact that some law enforcement officers seem unaware of.

There will be an investigation, likely also looking at whether the officers in question did everything right, and despite my comment above, I'm not actually making a call on that either way.

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What is interesting to me, though, is that Emile reportedly had a firearm, was pointing it at someone else, shrugged off a taser, and still refused to drop the gun after that. Maybe it's just me, but this is generally not the mark of a law-abiding citizen.

Further, this neighborhood has apparently seen more than its fair share of shootings over the years.

In other words, there are plenty of indications that Emile was an armed bad guy.

So...how did he get a gun?

New York's gun control laws are meant to stop bad actors from getting guns yet this bad actor clearly didn't get the memo.

You and I understand that criminals bypass laws all the time. I mean, they're criminals. It's kind of in the job description.

Because of that, they get guns and will use those guns however they wish. They care not for the laws of God or man. 

So if New York's gun control laws aren't stopping criminals, what are they doing?

They're preventing the law-abiding citizens of the state from exercising their rights to the fullest. What's more, that's really what they're meant to do because no one ever figured that making darn near everything a gun-free zone in the state, for example, would keep criminals from wandering around armed.


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