Monday, June 23, 2014

Law abiding citizens and Gun Control Laws

In contrast to the last entry that 'Criminals Don't Obey Laws", back in 1987 we personally interviewed the man in charge of the New York State Pistol Permit Section for the previous 14 years. Here is the summary as excerpted from that interview. As you read this, keep in ind that New York's crime rates, including homicides were rising to record levels during this time period.
"It should be noted that Lieutenant Lee O. Thomas, Officer in charge of the State Police Pistol  Permit Section for the past 14 years, stated that there have been so few of these cases where licensees were arrested for any crime that he doesn't even keep records of them after the case is handled. This despite the fact that there are over 500,000 licenses outstanding in the state."
Source: Personal interview with Lieutenant Lee O. Thomas, Officer in Charge of the Pistol Permit Section of the New York state Police, Albany, NY. January 19, 1987
It seems that "Law Abiding Citizens DO Obey the Law!"

Monday, June 9, 2014

Why gun control laws don't work

Despite all of my criminal justice related degrees, the extensive research I have done over the years on this subject and the thousands of pages of studies I have reviewed, I'm not sure I can make my findings complicated. In fact, any reasonable person with some basic common sense could come to the same conclusion that I have for why the New York and other national, state and local gun laws have not worked.
Criminals, by definition, don't obey laws!!!!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Fast forward 50 years

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 [1990], 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?