It happened in New York City, meaning it could happen anywhere else; Tuesday’s deadly terror attack killed eight innocent people and the suspect was taken down, as one national gun rights leader noted, by a man with a gun.
That man was identified as a New York City police officer, but the fact that the suspect was stopped by a gunshot was not lost on Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation. In a statement Wednesday, Gottlieb observed, “Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families. And our hope is that in the midst of this madness, people can come together and understand that you cannot blame the tool. It’s the black heart of the individual who commits such a heinous act.”
With an estimated 16.5 million Americans now licensed to carry across the 50 states – it is very difficult to get a New York City carry permit – will the Manhattan mayhem result in yet another spike? There was one in many areas following the terror attacks in Paris, Orlando and San Bernardino.
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On Tuesday, the Washington Department of Licensing reported that more than 590,000 active concealed pistol licenses are now in circulation among Evergreen State residents. That translates to roughly one in ten adults in that state licensed to carry. Washington has consistently been in the Top Ten for per capita concealed carry numbers.
The suspect in Tuesday’s attack, 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, is in police custody. He has been in the United States for seven years ago, reportedly coming here under the Diversity Visa Program. That was pushed by, among others, career politician Charles Schumer (D-NY) while he was in the House of Representatives. He’s now a U.S. Senator, and his connection with the program became the subject of a Twitter snit between Schumer and President Donald Trump.
Schumer’s main claim to fame, however, is that he is vigorously anti-gun. So when eight people were killed in his city by a madman driving a rented truck, he was offended that the president allegedly tried to “politicize” the incident.
Schumer has tried to exploit mass shootings to advance his gun prohibition agenda, and many people have taken to social media to point out the hypocrisy.
Gottlieb didn’t overlook that in his statement.
“When are the gun control zealots going to admit that the problem we’re facing isn’t guns, it’s violence,” he noted. “While most Americans are alarmed and saddened by Tuesday’s horrible events, the gun control crowd, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, hasn’t immediately started screaming about ‘truck violence’ or ‘truck control.’
“Only when a firearm is used do these extremists focus on the weapon,” Gottlieb added. “Nobody’s talking about banning trucks. There hasn’t been a rush to the microphones to demand background checks for people who drive pickups. But if a gun had been this madman’s weapon of choice, you would already be hearing shouts for more restrictions on the Second Amendment.”
At this point, it would be speculation to discuss what Americans may do in the wake of this attack. If history is any indicator, more people will be heading to gun stores and filling out applications for carry permits or licenses.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was quick to label Tuesday’s attack as the act of a “lone wolf.” But this is the same man who signed New York’s strict gun control law, penalizing millions of law-abiding citizens because of criminal actions by people who do not abide by the law.
“Tens of millions of law-abiding Americans use firearms responsibly every day,” Gottlieb said, “and they also drive along our highways, city streets and county roads without harming a soul. Their driving privileges are never threatened when some lunatic runs over a crowd of people, but let one criminal commit a crime with a gun, and suddenly all of us are slandered.”
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