While I get the despair and anger given the lose of 17 people in another
senseless mass shooting, I would caution people to not give up hope. When
I first came to New York City in 1989, it was averaging about 2,000
homicides a year. If take our statistics for nonlethal injuries per
homicide, roughly 7:1, the city was seeing another 10,000 plus penetrating
traumas and I have not even mentioned the assaults with fists or blunt
objects. Last year in NYC, we had less than 400 homicides and the city is
safer than it has been in years. Why? Well, there was a concerted effort
to change the culture of policing and law enforcement in the city, and
there was a massive crackdown on guns and getting them off the streets.
The laws were changed around gun ownership and licensing, and there you
Also, many of you are forgetting that we had an assault weapons law in the
US and Bush/Congress let it lapse in 2003. Now it's record is a mixed bag
but I think that if we learn from the mistakes we made the last time, and
write a better law, we can actually have a significant impact.
Just my two cents..
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