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OFFICIAL JOURNAL
Political Report
Cuomo Punishes Law-Abiding Gun Owners
By Jason Ouimet
Executive Director,
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fter a year of left-wing " success " on
criminal-justice issues, an increasing
prosecutorial indifference to violent
crime and escalating anti-police rhetoric,
America's urban residents are reaping what
their politicians have sown.
Violent crime has exploded in New York.
The New York Post reported that in New York
City " the number of shootings soared 97%
from 777 in 2019 to 1,531 in 2020 and murders
jumped by 44% from 319 to 462. " According
to Rochester's Democrat & Chronicle, in
that city " [t]here were 50 homicides in 2020,
up 56% from 32 in 2019 and 28 in 2018. "
The Syracuse Post-Standard reported that
homicides were up 55 percent in the Salt City
from 2019 to 2020.
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Rather than acknowledge their
responsibility for the current fiasco,
politicians and the legacy press have taken
to scapegoating law-abiding gun owners and
attempting to link the unprecedented gun
sales in 2020 with the increase in violent crime.
When, actually, it's the other way around.
Americans began exercising their Second
Amendment rights in record numbers last
year because of the lawlessness that these
politicians allowed to occur on their watch.
In May, White House Press Secretary Jen
Psaki was asked, " is there a crime problem
in this country? " to which she responded, " I
would certainly say there is a guns problem. "
In July, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) whined,
" There are just too damn many guns out
there. " That month, MSNBC's Chris Hayes
opined, " America is a violent place. America
has a lot of guns. And last year, Americans got
a lot more guns and got more violent. "
These lazy assertions conveniently avoid
the fact that violent crime decreased 52
percent from 1991 to 2019 while Americans
acquired 215 million additional firearms-
doubling the stock of privately held guns.
Moreover, a July study published in
Injury Epidemiology concluded, " [a]t the
state level, the magnitude of the increase
in [firearm] purchasing was not associated
with the magnitude of the increase in firearm
violence. " The researchers went on to add
that their results " suggest much of the rise in
firearm violence during our study period was
attributable to other factors. "
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Never one to let facts get in the way of
politics, on July 6, New York Gov. Andrew
Cuomo joined the left-wing obfuscation effort
by issuing a " Declaration of a State Wide
Disaster Emergency Due to Gun Violence. " A
summary of his plan was short on details, but a
redoubled effort to prosecute and incarcerate
those who commit violence with firearms was
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conspicuously absent. Notably, Gov. Cuomo's
signature gun-control legislation, known as
the SAFE Act, doesn't seem to be working
because New Yorkers haven't been less " safe "
in decades.
That same day, Cuomo signed legislation
encouraging lawsuits against gun dealers and
manufacturers for otherwise lawful conduct
that creates a " public nuisance. " The law
imposes a vague burden on the gun industry
to " establish and utilize reasonable controls
and procedures to prevent its [firearms,
firearm parts, and accessories] from being
possessed, used, marketed or sold unlawfully
in New York state. "
This tactic will be familiar to longtime
gun-rights supporters. In the mid-1990s, the
federal government, big city mayors and
plaintiff's attorneys coalesced around a plan
to attack the firearm industry using frivolous
lawsuits that would have held gun companies
liable for the criminal actions of third parties.
In addition to bilking the firearm industry
out of millions, these actors intended to
force firearm manufacturers to adopt gun
controls that anti-gun advocates had failed
to achieve through democratic means or to
force the industry out of existence. In 1998,
the executive director of the anti-gun U.S.
Conference of Mayors told The New York
Times, " [t]he lawyers are seeing green on
this issue ... they think they can bring the gun
industry to its knees. " That year, Housing
and Urban Development Secretary Andrew
Cuomo positioned HUD to join several local
governments in bringing frivolous lawsuits
against the gun industry.
As a direct response to the behavior of
Cuomo and others, the Protection of Lawful
Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) was enacted
in 2005. The PLCAA prohibits lawsuits against
the gun industry for the criminal misuse of
their products by a third party. Suits against
the industry for knowingly unlawful sales,
negligent entrustment and those predicated
on traditional product-liability grounds are
still permitted. We must make sure that New
York's attempt to nullify this vital federal law
comes to nothing.
Thanks to Cuomo's effort to scapegoat
the firearms community, law-abiding firearm
businesses will be forced to defend themselves
from frivolous claims at great expense, gun
owners will be forced to pay the higher prices
that come with this new threat of liability, New
York taxpayers will be forced to foot the bill for
defending this illegal statute
in federal court and the safety
of the state's residents will
continue to suffer.
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