If the proposed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (CCRA) becomes law, violence in New York City would climb to levels not seen since the 1990s, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. warned at a gun policy forum co-sponsored by The Crime Report and City Limits magazine Thursday.
Familes of students killed in Santa Fe, Tx., say the parents of Dimitrios Pagourtzis, whose legally owned guns he reportedly used in the attack that killed 10, “utterly failed to teach their son any respect for life whatsoever.”
Urban states and counties where handgun gun purchasers are required to submit to background checks by law enforcement before obtaining a license or permit are associated with a 14 percent reduction in firearm homicides, according to a study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health.
Stand-your-ground gun laws neither provide safety nor deter crime, especially as more Americans are allowed to carry weapons to public places, according to Robert Spitzer of SUNY Cortland, one of the country’s leading experts on firearms policy.
Laws that allow authorities to take guns from those considered dangerous to themselves or others have affected suicide rates but there is no evidence yet that they prevent homicides, much less mass murders.
Of about 11,000 inspections of licensed firearm dealers in the year starting in October 2016, more than half were cited for violations. Fewer than one percent of all inspections resulted in the loss of a license. A retired inspector said, “We’re not selling ice cream here … if you screw up, somebody can be killed.”
“We need data, not politics or emotion, to drive our decisions,” foundation co-chair Laura Arnold said in a statement. The new collaborative hopes to raise another $30m from private donors to produce research that will help policymakers.
Less than two weeks after 10 people were killed in a school shooting, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott laid out a wide-ranging school safety plan — including programs for mental health screenings, expanded school protections and a few, narrow measures regulating gun usage. He left the door open to calling lawmakers back into session to take action.