50 years after that New York Times editorial was published, in 1963 there were about 400 murders in New York City alone. That in spite of the fact that the Sullivan Laws and other gun laws in New York had been rewritten, amended, publicized and enforced. Yet the problem of criminals with guns had not gone away. In 1963 the city started keeping track of the number of homicides in the city.
Again from the New York Times, "That was 1963.The body count that year reflected the beginnings of what was to be an alarming rise in the city’s murder rate through 1990. In that year , the city’s worst, there were 2,245 homicides and New York City was known as the murder capital of the nation." NY Times, December 31, 2007.
So why were the gun laws of New York, some of the most strict gun laws in the country, ineffective in controlling the violent crime problems of New York?