Here Are Nine Ways Queens Pols Think They Can "End" Gun Violence

Categories: Guns
With a dramatic spike in shootings the past few months, it's officially the "Summer of the Gun" here in the Big Apple -- and elected officials in Queens think they have figured out a way to "end gun violence."

The pols' nine-point plan probably won't "end" gun violence, but it's a start, and a great way to score some political capital from New York City's issue-du-jour.

Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown, Congressman Gregory Meeks, and State Senators Malcolm Smith were amongst nearly a dozen pols who met this afternoon in Queens to lay out their plan. It's based primarily on educating people about the dangers of guns, and letting them know they can sell their illegal guns to the police without fear of getting in trouble.

"Now is the time where every member of our community must come together to make a proactive commitment to see an end to this crippling gun violence," Smith says. "The bullets that have been descending on our community have not discriminated based on age, race, religion, or social status. Every day of inaction will mean another child will go fatherless, another mother will lose her child, another brother will feel the pain of loss of a sibling, and someone will never see a loved one again."

Yesterday, we told you about Smith's somewhat flawed plan to push for tougher sentencing guidelines for people busted with illegal guns. Currently, those caught with illegal guns face a maximum of two years in prison. Under Smith's plan, illegal gun possessors would face a minimum of five years in prison.

In any event, below is how Queens pols think they can "end" gun violence in New York City:

▸ Build a community coalition to deliver the clear and unequivocal message that carrying guns and committing acts of violence in Southeast Queens is unacceptable. Reinforce the message through clergy sermons, community rallies, events, lectures and concerts with support and participation by community and business leaders, elected officials and prominent individuals in the media, sports and entertainment fields.

▸ Educate community members about the fact that guns can be turned into local precincts for a cash payment of $100 a gun and increase the number of guns surrendered.

▸ Develop a public relations campaign encouraging community members to report illegal guns and violent crimes and cooperate with law enforcement by asking them to "Step Up for Your Community - If You See Something, Say Something." Change the culture and create concrete incentives for local residents to stand up and speak out about crime and violence that impacts on their neighborhoods and families. Implement a variety of mechanisms to facilitate communication with law enforcement about dangerous situations or crimes - including hotlines, text messaging, or community/law enforcement liaisons.

▸ Support legislation that will limit access to assault weapons, handguns and high capacity ammunition clips by criminals and individuals with mental illness;

▸ Enforce existing gun laws strictly and fight for additional resources for drug treatment and mental health services, alternative to incarceration programs, after-school and summer programs for youth and other educational, recreational and youth employment programs.

▸ Improve communication and dialogue and foster trust between law enforcement and residents of local neighborhoods.

▸ Increase police resources in precincts where violent crime is high.

▸ Work to close down illegal businesses and limit the hours of all night establishments that are breeding grounds for underage drinking, gang activity, drug trafficking, prostitution and violence.

▸ Provide more information to community residents about existing programs and services and how to access them.

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This is the usual political hot air proving that it must be election time.  NY has a right to make up their own gun laws.  But New Yorkers have become frightened of their own shadows and think that guns make people crazy.  They don't.  If NY was serious about buying guns back they would offer 3,000 per gun bought back.  They would pay for it easily - by then laying off cops who wouldn't be needed any longer.  At 3,000 per gun, NY would buy back all the guns sold in the US over the past ten years, actually over the past century, from all over the US.  There would be traffic jams in NY to sell guns.  But wait - what criminal is going to sell their tools of the trade?  Can you see gangs selling their muscle cheap.  Politicians don't really care about the dope trade, the gun trade or  anything beyond their own perks.  Real solution: use a gun in a violent felony and you go life, no parole.  Actually shoot someone in a violent felony, you get the guillotine.  Your trial and appeals take 1 year, then you go.  The body goes to medical research.  But New Yorkers won't up the price for violent felons who use guns because of contra political pressure..  You don't need any guns laws.  You need to execute violent criminals who fire weapons while commiting a violent felony - they don't have to hit anyone.  Got the stomach for it?  If not, you are the problem.  Go for a stroll by beautiful, world class Prospect Park tonight in the cool August air, let's say at 1 AM.   When you are killed everyone will agree that it was your fault for being there that late. Your murderer(s) will defend by saying they had bad experiences as a child, that they were on medications, that it was an accident, that you did it and they defended themselves.  So, New Yorkers will not avenge you, and they will not protect you, and they will not stop the next incident.  The solution is right there: executions of criminals need to go way up. That's the only gun law you need. But, it will never happen in NY.  Get the federal government to fund the gun buy back; 3,000 is nada to them. Then you are supposed to say: "do it for the children. "  But,  you will still have criminals who use guns -  they won't get to use them twice.   Alore, street mugging with a firearm goes life, and street mugging with a shot fired goes to the guillotine, even if no one is hit. That, my friends, is gun control.  Pass laws like that and even the reduced cops needed thereafter won't have to carry guns in a few years.  See the political issues?  New Yorkers, the political system is set up for itself, not you.


Enforce existing gun laws strictly is the key.  Matter of fact, the state of New York needs to increase penalties.


 @jpotosky Penalties for using a gun while committing a crime should be draconian. Life without parole.

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