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Everytown ‘Gun Safety’ Message Deceptive About New York Carry Case

Supreme CourtA new email blast from the billionaire-backed Everytown for Gun Safety lobbying group alleging dire public safety risks in the event the U.S. Supreme Court overturns New York’s highly-restrictive concealed carry law is an effort to frighten the public with a sky-is-falling forecast of massive “gun violence.”

Everytown, which is bankrolled by anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg, tells recipients of the Friday message, “It could undermine the ability of federal, state, and local governments to enact and defend meaningful gun violence prevention measures for decades to come.”

The case is New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. NYSR&PA is an affiliate of both the National Rifle Association and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. This clearly has Everytown rattled, since it states in the email, “The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association…is trying to create a new and dangerous unrestricted right to carry guns in public.”

If the Supreme Court rules New York’s “just cause” requirement is unconstitutional, then the right to carry is not “news,” but will only be restored to its original status.

“Adding more armed people to situations such as the mass shooting in Buffalo could have easily compounded those tragedies,” Everytown asserts, without acknowledging that an armed citizen firing back at the accused killer might have also turned the tables and changed the outcome.

The high court ruling is expected late next month. Presently, according to U.S. Concealed Carry, in New York, “Local law enforcement has discretion in determining whether or not to issue a concealed weapons license to an applicant. An applicant must provide four character references and the reason for the application for a carry license.”

It is illegal to possess an unregistered handgun in New York, and a private citizen needs a permit to purchase, a background check and registration even when buying a gun privately, USCCA notes on its website. Under existing law, issuing agencies routinely turn down carry applications on the grounds the applicant does not have sufficient “good cause” to be armed.

While the gun prohibition lobby is alarmed about the potential of legally-armed citizens in New York, nothing is said about the violent crime they would be arming up against.

New York already has among the higher homicide numbers of any state. In New York City, more people are already murdered annually than in most states. In 2020, according to Reuters, New York City logged 468 murders, and last year, that number bumped up to 485.

As the New York Times acknowledged last November just days after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the right-to-carry case, “New York State has one of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, sharply limiting people’s ability to carry weapons outside their homes.”

Anti-gun New York City Mayor Eric Adams told the newspaper at the time, “We need fewer people carrying guns — not more — and the ability to keep our streets safe preserved, not reversed. If this law is eliminated in New York, police departments in New York City and across the state will have to immediately prepare for more shootings and need additional resources to prevent them.”

The problem with Adams’ statement is that the wrong people are the ones carrying guns: criminals. Adams didn’t acknowledge that, nor did he consider the deterrent effect an armed citizenry has on crime.

There is anecdotal information that the shooter in last weekend’s Tops supermarket tragedy drove 200 miles from his home and actually scouted the store as his target. He would not have met any serious resistance because only one person had a gun, the store security guard, and he was shot dead. No private citizen was capable of firing in self-defense.

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