… it’s winning some politicians re-election. This is somewhat heartening because Erie County contains Buffalo, which is a reasonably sized city. But upstate has always been relatively anti-gun control. It’s the fact that they are outvoted by downstate that keeps New York anti-gun. From both an economical and political point of view, it would actually make sense to partition New York State into two states, New York, and Upper New York. It’s more than just guns. The economic policies and taxes imposed by downstate have ruined the upstate economy. It’s depopulating faster than Western Pennsylvania, because of the lack of opportunity. It doesn’t hurt the downstate people as much because the financial industry throws off enough money to afford the tax burdens and regulations.