My head-spinning morning with the NY Times continues. First, I learn (for the umpty-bumpth time) that what New York needs, following mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, is stricter gun control:
After Shootings, Push in Albany for Tougher Gun Laws
By THOMAS KAPLAN
In the wake of mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin and an uptick in gun violence in New York City, lawmakers are planning a new push in Albany to win approval of tighter gun laws in New York State.
One measure introduced last week would require background checks of anyone buying ammunition. Another, being drafted this week, would limit the purchase of firearms to one per person per month.
In another story about 'stop and frisk' I learn that actually enforcing the laws on the books is far too onerous for the public to endure:
Last year, New York City police officers stopped 46,784 women, frisking nearly 16,000. Guns were found in 59 cases, according to an analysis of police statistics by The New York Times.
While the number of women stopped by officers in 2011 represented 6.9 percent of all police stops, the rate of guns found on both men and women was equally low, 0.12 percent and 0.13 percent, respectively. Civil rights leaders have argued that the low gun-recovery rates are a strong indication that the bulk of stop-and-frisk encounters are legally unjustified. (The number of police stops has dropped by more than 34 percent in recent months.)
My goodness - 59 illegal guns (hmm, were they all illegal, or am I misreading this?) just among the women? I think Mayor Bloomberg should take credit for averting 59 Auroras, with over eight hundred lives saved. And that is just for the women! Figuring there were more than ten times as many men stopped with guns, that suggests total lives saved of over nine thousand. Why isn't Bloomberg talking this up?
Well - file this as yet more evidence that I will never be smart enough to be a lib.