By Tom Knighton
More guns equal less crime. Time and time again, we see it. It sounds counter-intuitive until you recognize that when people are counting guns, they’re only counting guns owned by law-abiding people, not the criminals. Those guns won’t just be ignored in counts, but they also won’t be confiscated anytime soon either.
Unfortunately, a lot of people have never grasped that concept. One such person is the commissioner of the NYPD.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill said it would be “insanity” for the feds to force one state to recognize another’s lax gun laws.
A bill making its way through Congress would make gun possession akin to a driver’s license — so one state’s looser regulations against concealed weapons would be protected in tougher anti-gun states, like New York.
“I think it’s insanity,” O’Neill told CBS’s “60 Minutes” in an interview aired Sunday night.
O’Neill said accidents and suicides — in addition to crime — could skyrocket with more out-of-state guns around town.
“Right now, we have a good idea of who’s carrying guns. If this law passes, all bets are off,” he said. “Anybody can come into New York City from any state and carry a weapon.”
O’Neill is deluding himself.
He doesn’t have a good idea who is carrying anything. He knows who is legally carrying, at most.
However, violence happens in NYC all the time, and I promise you that almost all of those crimes committed by someone carrying a gun are cases when the NYPD is clueless about the criminal having a firearm. That’s just how it works, and only an absolute fool would argue that they have a handle on who is carrying and who isn’t.
Criminals have never registered their guns. They don’t apply for permits, as a general rule either.
Instead, they buy illegal guns, carry them anywhere they Click to see the original article