As horrible as it is that this child was shot by some thug aiming for a his rival on the streets, this doesn’t make much sense to me.
How exactly can you speak out against gun violence in a state that has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country? I thought that is why gun control laws were/are implemented in the first place; to stop gun violence.
Most New York State gun laws are covered in two sections of New York Penal law: Article 265 – Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons; and Article 400 – Licensing and Other Provisions Relating to Firearms
Click here for a summary of Gun Laws in New York State.
Basically, if you want to purchase, possess, or carry a firearm in the state of New York, you have to go through flaming hoops, pay hundreds of dollars in fees, and have some special connections with people who have the authority to grant you access.
So with these restrictive gun control laws in place, gun violence is still happening. If gun violence is still prevalent even in the presence of these laws, explain to me why we have these laws in the first place? Right, because law-abiding citizens aren’t the problem.
Having to speak out against ‘gun violence’ when you already have gun control laws in place to prevent it just goes to show that gun control does not keep criminals from harming people. Gun control does not stop gun violence. Gun control does not stop gang members from accidentally shooting children or other innocent bystanders nor does it stop them from shooting at each other. All gun control does is take weapons away from citizens who rely on guns for self-defense while criminals still have them.
Kareem Potomont was arrested and charged in the shooting with attempted murder, reckless endangerment, and assault. It has already been confirmed that victim was in the crossfire of a gang-related gun battle. Not to mention, Potomont has had 13 other prior arrests. Even in a state that doesn’t have strict gun control laws, he still couldn’t legally own a gun with that criminal background. Yet even in a heavily gun-restricted state, Potomont was able to get a hold of one anyway. Why? Because criminals don’t follow laws.