New York City has a gun problem. So says its mayor.
Just last weekend, NYPD officers in the downtown Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook stopped two men for questioning and were met with gun fire. By sheer dumb luck, neither of the officers was hurt. One of their assailants was shot, however, and later apprehended in Far Rockaway, Queens.
On Easter Sunday four different police officers in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, attempted to diffuse a hostage situation to rescue a captive woman and her 4-month-old infant. They were shot as well, though remarkably all four of them are expected to survive.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg referenced both of these incidents in a piece he wrote for the Daily News on Monday. In his article, Bloomberg both applauded the bravery of the NYPD and called on the federal government for tighter gun regulations.
“The work of [Officer] Ray Kelly and the NYPD has made New York City the safest big city in the country. Crime is down 35% over the past decade, and murders are at historic lows. But as our officers put their lives on the line to take guns off the street, they are getting no support from Washington - with terrible consequences,” wrote Bloomberg.
“Every one of the criminals who has shot at our police officers possessed his gun illegally. Every one. And make no mistake: It will happen again — and again — until those in Washington stop cowering before the gun lobby.”
Bloomberg wants tighter regulations at the federal level and better enforcement of existing laws. Whether he’ll be able to get either during an election year is another matter.
Taking on a powerful gun lobby isn't an easy task, especially when owning firearms becomes more and more popular with Americans. Gun sales are the highest they've ever been and support for the 2nd amendment remains solid across the nation.