Wednesday, June 04, 2003
This is exactly why the new law is a good idea, (not perfect mind you.)
"Be dead or be arrested. Hmmm. What a shock! Despite the fact that you have to wait months to get a permit to even own a handgun in NYC, criminals still have them and law-abiding people die or go to jail.
That's the choice New York's mindlessly enforced gun laws force upon otherwise law-abiding people.
* Mohammed Dramy, a 40-year-old Gambian immigrant, was shot dead Tuesday during an apparent robbery in Harlem.
The perpetrator is still at large.
* Meanwhile, two bodega employees, Jose Acosta, 69, and Victor Alejandro, 23, are alive following an attempted armed robbery the same day.
And it's a perp who's dead.
Sadly, Acosta and Alejandro are now charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
As three armed would-be robbers entered their store waving guns, Acosta pulled out a .22-caliber pistol, fatally shooting one; the others escaped.
Now, Acosta and Alejandro are looking at jail time.
Which is better than being dead.
But is it fair? Of course not.
Should they have sought a gun permit?
Yes, but the complicated application process in New York City dissuades people from applying.
At best, it takes six months to get a so-called "premises" permit for one's home or business. And now it appears that the city has sharply reduced the number of licenses it approves.
Meanwhile, the bad guys have no trouble whatsoever finding weapons - and they never will, no matter how many gun-control laws are passed.
Acosta and Alejandro face a trial for using an unlicensed weapon to defend their business - indeed, their very lives.
Even so, they're better off than Mohammed Dramy.
All things being equal, Acosta and Alejandro need to be let off the legal hook.
And New York needs to reform its gun laws."
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Are we surprised in the least?
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