Our new law didn’t work as advertised! So we need more laws.

Here’s an actual headline I did not make up…

SAFE Act seems to fail at keeping guns from criminals

You guys remember the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, right? It was going to make New Yorkers safe from scary-looking rifles and standard-capacity magazines, as well as restricting ammo sales and forcing shrinks to snitch on their patients. Thus, you know, ushering in the glorious millennium or some thing, I dunno.

And here’s a total shock: In addition to turning virtually every New York gun owner into a felonious scofflaw, it doesn’t do any of the things promised! Wow. It’s just so out of the blue. Who saw that coming?

Undismayed, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman attacks the problem head-on with strawmen and buzzwords blazing:

“Target on Trafficking: Analysis of New York Gun Crimes” found that 74 percent of guns used in a crime recovered in New York came from outside this state.

Of these, 70 percent originated “in just six states with weak gun laws — the states along I-95 that make up the Iron Pipeline,” says an online presentation on the report.

Yes, of course it’s not the fault of New York’s well-meaning totalitarians. They wrote a perfect nightmare of a law, which would have worked perfectly if not for all those other state lawmakers with all those weak gun laws! Yeah!

“The Iron Pipeline.” I love it. I hope whichever writer came up with that one got paid a generous bonus. Then had a piano fall on his head.

Surprising to me, though, is that the article writer actually dares point out that it ain’t necessarily so…

However, the report’s data shows that the percentage of crime guns from out of state remained remarkably even before and after New York’s SAFE Act was passed in 2013. From 2010 to 2015, it only fluctuated between 73 and 75 percent. The number of recovered crime guns went down, along with the violent crime rate throughout the Northeast, but the out-of-state percentage stayed the same.

[B]y Mr. Schneiderman’s measure, it hasn’t worked. If the out-of-state gun percentage had spiked since the new restrictions took effect, that might indicate criminals were being foiled here and turning more often to other states, but that doesn’t seem to have happened.

Careful there, kid. Speaking truth to power works best from a respectful distance.

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5 Responses to Our new law didn’t work as advertised! So we need more laws.

  1. MamaLiberty says:

    I’ll bet NYC doesn’t grow a single banana either… The “market” works remarkably well, even with the state’s best efforts to thwart it. Yehaw!! Just imagine what it would be like if the market were truly free. Why, I suspect that fainting couches would return to liberal snowflake parlors all over the east coast.

  2. M Ryan says:

    Politicians north and south of the border are notorious for passing laws that fail. They forget there are always unintended consequences to everything. Haven’t these fools learned anything from the failure of prohibition?

  3. Joel says:

    They learned as little as possible from it, methinks.

  4. Kentucky says:

    This scenario merely feeds the liberals’ never-ending push to enact uniform NATIONAL control laws by revealing the existing freedoms remaining to us for moving stuff around as we see fit . . . as usual ignoring the long-established fact that criminals will do as they please regardless of laws.

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