Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

D is for Deluded

Monday, March 15, 2021

D is for Deluded

Last June, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and his wife shared their vision for police reform. The mayor spoke of the need to fundamentally change the nature of policing, including reallocating “functions within policing right now that [could] be done better by civilians.” His wife, Chirlane McCray, told the interviewer that a society without police officers patrolling the streets “would be like a nirvana, a utopia that we are nowhere close to getting to.”

At the same time, Mayor de Blasio slashed $1 billion from the city’s police budget and diverted the monies to youth groups and social services programs. He assured residents that the funding reallocation would not jeopardize public safety and effective policing. The City’s Police Commissioner called the cuts – which included a hiring freeze, a $352 million reduction in overtime, and a cancellation of recruit and cadet classes – “a recipe for disaster.”

Consistent with the beliefs espoused by NYC’s First Couple, a recent tweet by the Ms. McCray urged residents to become their own neighborhood first responders and “intervene when witnessing hateful violence and harassment.”

Her tips, summarized as Distract, Delegate, Document, Delay and Direct, include interrupting and “engaging directly” with the victim, “supporting the person in crisis” by taking notes or a video during the incident, asking for help from someone in a “position of authority,” and checking in afterwards with “the survivor” to show them “they are valued.” “Most importantly, keep a safe distance!”

She may as well have added, “Project a giant bat symbol onto the night sky.”

One of the “D” words missing from the tweet is “Disarmed.” New York City’s weapon laws make it all but impossible for a person to defend themselves or others against “hateful violence and harassment.”

It is unlawful for any person to carry or possess, in any public place, street, or park, a knife with a blade length of four inches or more. The City’s gun laws are very restrictive and complex. Permits are required for the possession and purchase of long guns. To lawfully possess a handgun in the city, a substantial investment of time and money is required to get a license – even those with a valid New York State pistol permit must apply for and obtain a separate “special permit.” The license application fee for a handgun is $340 ($140 for a rifle or shotgun), plus $88.25 for the mandatory fingerprint cards. Carrying is generally forbidden unless the person has a license of a class that specifically authorizes concealed carry. Reciprocity doesn’t exist as the city does not honor any other states’ permits to carry. It is a crime for any person authorized to possess a handgun of a particular caliber to possess handgun ammunition of a different caliber within the city. As we reported earlier this year, the processing of license applications by the NYPD has essentially stalled. To top it all off, New York City makes it a crime “to fire or discharge any gun, pistol, rifle, fowling-piece or other firearms in the city.”

Residents who opt to seek help from someone in a “position of authority” and call the police may find that the criminal is done and well away before help arrives. The most current data indicates that on average, NYPD officers responding to a 911 call about a “crime in progress” are on the

scene in just under eight minutes on the highest priority (“critical”) call – burglaries, robberies, armed violent assaults, and “shots fired.” Callers for the next highest priority, “serious” crimes in progress (auto theft, other larceny, other assault), can expect to wait almost ten minutes, on average, and other “crime in progress” calls have an average response time of 17.26 minutes.

The incredulous responses to Ms. McCray’s tweet ranged from, “This is just replacing policing with untrained interventions and it’s insane on the face of it,” to “What have you been drinking[,] woman?”

As NYC politicians continue to work their way through the fundamental reform of the police service to the nirvana that lies beyond, disarmed and defenseless citizens in the Big Apple can hardly be blamed for choosing the only “D” word tip in Ms. McCray’s advice that makes any sense: “keep a safe distance!”

TRENDING NOW
Virginia: Extreme Bill Will Ban Home Defense & End Youth Hunting

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Virginia: Extreme Bill Will Ban Home Defense & End Youth Hunting

Though a pro-Second Amendment majority sits in the House of Delegates this session, that’s not stopping anti-gun lawmakers from continuing to push the same radical gun control they’ve pushed for the past two years. Here ...

Biden Administration Finalizes “New” Firearm Storage Rule

News  

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Biden Administration Finalizes “New” Firearm Storage Rule

On January 3, the Biden Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it would be finalizing a new rule on firearm storage for Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs). The DOJ additionally announced an update to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, ...

NRA Wins Case Against Los Angeles County

News  

Thursday, January 20, 2022

NRA Wins Case Against Los Angeles County

The Ninth Circuit sided with the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) on Thursday when it struck down a Los Angeles County order that forced gun stores and shooting ranges to close in ...

Washington: Another Year – Another Extreme Gun Ban!

Friday, January 14, 2022

Washington: Another Year – Another Extreme Gun Ban!

The legislature only just gaveled in this week and anti-gun legislators and gun control groups couldn’t wait to reintroduce their extreme gun ban legislation - an "assault weapons" ban, Senate Bill 5217.

Washington: Public Hearing Overwhelmingly Echoes with Opposition to Anti-Gun Measures

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Washington: Public Hearing Overwhelmingly Echoes with Opposition to Anti-Gun Measures

Yesterday, the Senate Law and Justice Committee held a public hearing to consider an extreme "assault weapons" ban, Senate Bill 5217, and anti-preemption legislation, Senate Bill 5568.

Growing the Gun Community in Unlikely Places

News  

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Growing the Gun Community in Unlikely Places

We mentioned a Beverly Hills gun shop last week in an article about the continued increase in background checks and gun sales. We spoke with the proprietor of that shop, and he offered a very humanized ...

Washington:  The Hits Keep on Coming as Magazine Ban Pulled to the Senate Floor

Friday, January 14, 2022

Washington: The Hits Keep on Coming as Magazine Ban Pulled to the Senate Floor

On Friday, the Washington Senate pulled magazine ban legislation, Senate Bill 5078 to the Senate Floor where it is eligible for a vote for passage.

Chicago Politicians, Whistling Past the Graveyard

News  

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Chicago Politicians, Whistling Past the Graveyard

It’s no secret that crime in Chicago has reached levels not seen in decades. Crime statistics released by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) for October 2021 show significant increases in incidents of serious crime compared to the ...

California: San Jose to Consider Ordinance Taxing Gun Owners

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

California: San Jose to Consider Ordinance Taxing Gun Owners

On January 25th, the San Jose City Council will consider File 22-045, an ordinance to tax gun owners and mandate that they purchase liability insurance.

Indiana: Lawful Carry Stalls In Senate

Friday, January 21, 2022

Indiana: Lawful Carry Stalls In Senate

After two years of opposition from Governor Holcomb’s administration and stonewalling by the Republican-controlled Senate and President Pro Tempore Rod Bray, Hoosier’s are demanding action on Lawful Carry legislation, also known as Constitutional Carry.

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.