Treating gun violence as a public health crisis is something gun control advocates have wanted for a long time, and they’re getting their wish: in April, the American Psychological Association announced that $25 million had been allocated by the government for gun violence research, split evenly between the CDC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their study should conclude that more lives are saved by the defensive use of guns than are taken by them.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday declared a Disaster Emergency in New York State so that gun violence could be treated as a public health crisis. (Ironically, this happened on the same day New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was telling us that there was a decline in shootings in the city).
Over 4th of July weekend, more people in NYS were shot than died of COVID.
Gun violence is an epidemic, and today I declared a Disaster Emergency so that we can treat gun violence as the public health crisis it is.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 6, 2021
We hear so much about positive engagement for at-risk youth; we’re old enough to remember talk of night classes curbing gun violence. And as far as keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people, how about keeping those dangerous people locked up?
Yeah, that should do it.
— Anonymous (@HKirsh1) July 6, 2021
Hey this you? You signed bail reform, no? pic.twitter.com/DFA7ItWrlC
— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) July 6, 2021
You must immediately call a special session of legislature and reinstate cash bail. The safety of our communities depend on it.
— Chief Paul Rickard (@mthopechief) July 6, 2021
How about keeping violent criminals in jail versus letting them out over and over again ?
— Gina (Mignona) Newman (@GinaMignona) July 6, 2021
This will definitely help keep criminals peaceful. Our fearless leader leading again.
— C. Whitt (@studleycw) July 6, 2021
How about keeping dangerous people off the streets instead of keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people?
— Reza Chowdhury (@RezaC1) July 6, 2021
Gonna be funny when your response plan directly contradicts all of your policies that created the problem
— PTmetSD (@dan_celso) July 6, 2021
Wait – after all the high speeches for decades previous where it's been said everything would be done to stop gun violence, we suddenly have a battery of things revealed that weren't tried before? We didn't do everything those speeches promised, but this time it's different?
— David Pinero (@DaveTheWebGuy) July 6, 2021
Weird. I don't see anything in there about increasing police presence, locking up violent offenders, enforcing public nuisance laws in accordance with proven "broken windows" theories, or reducing the violently mentally ill or substance abusers living on the streets.
— MarcyJMiller (@MarcyJMiller) July 6, 2021
This is a crisis caused by far-left criminal justice policy and anti-police sentiment. Great job, Albany!
— Jarett Gandolfo (@GandolfoForNY) July 6, 2021
"Using SCIENCE" 🤣🤣🤣
— DaPhuc? (@daPhuc28) July 6, 2021
"Science and Data" pic.twitter.com/nThPqRntp3
— Theo Kojak (@BabeBabu78) July 6, 2021
You have all of the gun control measures being proposed by every Democrat in Congress, and more besides.
Your “epidemic” is not guns.
— Mitch "The Wałęsa Project" Berg, BA (@mitchpberg) July 6, 2021
You should have zero with all the "tough" gun laws….
— Shawn Cavanaugh (@BlueFalcon72) July 6, 2021
How are those guns laws working? Have criminals started obeying those laws?
— vlm (@squibmc) July 6, 2021
You gave your violent base free reign, and forced courts to release violent criminals. Now you want to punish law abiding citizens with more taxes and laws?
— Kohltrain 🇺🇸 (@kohljm) July 6, 2021
You’re an embarrassment
— Mr. Måjestyk (@wretchedcretin) July 6, 2021
Probably shouldn't have let all those criminals out of jail or maybe charged others in the first place. 🤡
— Mrsmasshole (@mrsmasshole2) July 6, 2021
A lot of people seem to think arresting criminals and keeping them behind bars would help.
Mayor de Blasio gets called out for spinning NYC crime stats https://t.co/iYbZiVGvid
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 6, 2021