Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Electorate Remains Skeptical of Stringent Gun Control Measures Advocated by Anti-Gun Politicians


Lawmakers in New York and California are endorsing stringent gun control measures under the pretext of ensuring public "safety." Voters in these states, however, don't necessarily share the views of Governors Gavin Newsom and Kathy Hochul.

The sentiment of the electorate matters. If constituents are feeling threatened by rising crime rates, and continue to witness news of violent criminals escaping justice due to lenient prosecution, they will take measures to safeguard themselves. This may involve legally acquiring a firearm for self-defense, perhaps for the first time, or voting out prosecutors or other officials who aren't up to the task.

Despite all this, people living in cities nationwide still view their political representatives as failing to address their safety concerns, regardless of repeated assurances from officials with anti-gun and anti-safety stances.

The Mirage of Safety in New York

Last month, Governor Kathy Hochul of New York tried to allay residents' concerns about the increasing danger in their cities. She praised her administration's efforts to enforce strict gun control, claiming their strategies were effective. She used the instance of State Trooper Richard Albert, who was shot in the arm after a traffic stop, to illustrate how recent stringent gun control measures are keeping New Yorkers safe. However, she conveniently overlooked the fact that the offender who shot Trooper Albert had a substantial criminal record, had completed an 11-year prison sentence, and was legally prohibited from purchasing a firearm. The criminal, who committed suicide during the standoff, had never adhered to any of Hochul's rigorous laws.


Fast forward to July, a new report from Siena College contradicts the Governor's optimistic narrative.

The polling report, titled "61% Worry About Being Crime Victim; Half Worry About Their Safety in Public Places," uncovers significant figures that contradict Governor Hochul's overly positive stance. The report also indicates that 36 percent of New Yorkers, over a third, have felt intimidated by the actions of a stranger in a public space.

Siena College Research Institute's Director, Don Levy, said, “Crime isn’t just something that happens to others far away according to New Yorkers,” adding that a staggering 61% worry about falling victim to crime, highlighting an escalating concern for personal safety.

The City That Never Sleeps, But Always Fears

In New York City, crime continues to be a critical issue. Incidences of criminal violence on subways are a regular occurrence. Authorities have nonchalantly acknowledged the surge in crime, describing the recent spate of multiple stabbings and shootings on the subway as a "bad couple of weeks."  The city's leaders' responses have been telling, with Governor Hochul indicating she will sidestep and deflect to avoid facing reality, while Mayor Eric Adams blames the media for reporting on the violence.

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

California's Bleak Dream

Over on the west coast, the narrative remains unchanged. Governor Newsom touts his state's "leadership" in disregarding Constitutional rights, and assailing the legal firearm industry and its advocates. Meanwhile, Californians are left alone to grapple with their safety fears, supported by an annual crime report that vindicates their apprehensions of escalating crime, as per certain reports.

Californians' fear of crime spiked during the pandemic, with the LAPD advising residents to "cooperate and comply" if they found themselves targeted by criminals. The city's residents recalled George Soros-backed DA Chesa Boudin for his failure to combat crime, and another Soros-backed DA, Pamela Price of Alameda County, is facing a recall effort over her ineffective crime policies.

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Taking Matters into Their Own Hands

A phrase from the Siena College poll stands out: “Many are taking steps to protect themselves as best they can.” Industry data shows that this is happening across the country, notably in New York and California. In New York, over 145,000 citizens have purchased a firearm at retail so far in 2023, while in California, over 473,000 have done the same in just the first half of the year. 

AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

As long as gun control politicians continue to dismiss reality and favor ineffective restrictions over tough action on criminals, Americans will make their views known. Whether that's by voting them out of office or purchasing a firearm to exercise their right to feel safe.

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