He practices his old-fashioned craft in a dusty Brooklyn storefront called the Cypress Hills Taxidermy Studio, where the stuffed deer, boars and pheasants on the walls are reminiscent of an era when hunting was still popular enough that even the Big Apple had several taxidermy shops.
“It kind of makes me feel special that I’m the only one left, like I’m the last dinosaur,” said Youngaitis, 57.
The article goes on to speak of his need to moonlight as a plumber to make ends meet. This is not shocking, because New York City makes it difficult to impossible to own a firearm. I was once at a gun show in PA, and ended up in the line for paperwork behind a guy from New York City, who was just trying to buy a 10/22. Took him a while to find a dealer willing to process that transaction, and seemed to involve some extra phone calls on the part of the dealer, I’m guessing to verify the permit to purchase. By the time this guy was at the dealer buying the gun, most of the grueling work had already been done. All he would have left to do is register the firearm with the NYPD when he returned (if you buy from a New York City dealer, they will do this for you).
But their target isn’t hunting, which has traditionally been the only sport our opponents concede is a legitimate reason to own a gun. Yet a city of 8 million people can’t even support a full time taxidermist, due to the laws they support.
Well, not much longer. One of the greatly satisfying things to watch with Second Amendment litigation is the strong possibility we will lay waste to New York City’s gun laws, and send them into the dustbin of history where they belong. I’m not sure that’s going to help Mr. Youngaitis’s business quickly enough to matter, but I leave you with the words of Justice Scalia:
I grew up at a time when people were not afraid of people with firearms.Â I used to travel on the subway from Queens to Manhattan with a rifle. Could you imagine doing that today in New York City?
No, I can’t. But that’s going to change.