More gun control… that should work.
Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed more gun control into being for New York.
On Monday the governor signed an extension to the 3 day waiting period from 3 days to 30 days. Ostensibly this to give more time for the police to run background checks. A NICS check takes a few minutes, at most the system will kick back a result from an investigator in a few business days. Even adding a check of local systems this is not a overly long process.
The new 30 day delay is in place of the three day federal delay triggered when a check goes to further review by a NICS investigator. From personal experience I can recall one instance in four years where a check came back denied after the federal transfer, and low and behold there is a system in place for that too that gives local authorities name, address, etc. of the prohibited person.
But wait… there’s more!
Cuomo then went on to ban the manufacture, sale, transport and possession of firearms and major components of such weapons that are undetectable by a metal detector, including 3D printed guns.
“3D guns and improperly stored firearms pose an enormous risk to our children and today we’re addressing both dangers head-on to keep our families safe,” Governor Cuomo said. “These measures continue New York’s legacy of enacting the strongest gun laws in the nation by helping keep firearms out of the hands of children and by acknowledging and addressing technological advancements like 3D printed guns.”
That’s right Andrew, technology bad and I’m certain your law will help oh so much. I’m confident banning possession of such ‘dangerous’ items like plastic frames and receivers, especially without serial numbers, instead of addressing and criminalizing deadly behaviors is the way to go. Prohibition has such a stellar track record.
That’s not all folks!
New York has also increased criminal penalties for improperly storing a firearm in accordance to their rules. Accidental firearms deaths have long been lumped into the “gun violence” category despite accidents being well… accidents. Negligence is not an act violence, it is one of stupidity.
Despite it being, apparently a national problem of some scope, the CDC doesn’t even list preventing firearm injuries as a leading cause nor do they even list firearm deaths in unintentional child injury reporting. In one study graphic I found, unintentional firearms injury rated 8th among cause of death with 16 incidents in 2011 for 4-9 year olds.
The firearm unintentional death rate for children in the US is something that bares constant and continuing improvement upon but it is far from an epidemic. The rate of kids 0-12 accidently dying due to a firearm is .09/100,000. Age group 13-17 isn’t much higher at .15/100,000
On the scale of worrisome causes of death… I feel we can make more progress on other higher numbers.
New York once again making a mountain out of a molehill in the name of political points.