New York City: More Gun Control, More Shootings

Investigators work at the scene where two NYPD officers were shot, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police said an armed man walked up to two officers sitting inside the patrol car and opened fire before running into a nearby subway …
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In January 2013, one month after the heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) successfully pressed for the SAFE Act, a massive body of gun control legislation aimed at curbing violent crime. Just two years later, however, the number of shootings and murders have increased.

According to NY1, NYPD reported “151 shootings” in the first two months of 2015–a “20 percent increase” in the number of shootings in the first two months of 2014.  There were also “54 murders in the first two months of the year,” which, too, represents a “20 percent” increase in the number of murders in the first two months of 2014.

Besides redefining and expanding the definition of an “assault weapon,” the SAFE Act banned the sale of all weapons so defined. Pre-owned weapons that fit the definition could be kept, as long as they were registered with the state by April 15, 2014. The act also limited magazine capacity for handguns, extended background checks to all gun sales, both retail and private, and created a new state-level database containing the names of people barred from buying/possessing guns, among other things.

The result? A “20 percent” increase in shootings and a “20 percent” increase in murders compared to the same time in 2014.

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