How’s that SAFE Act Working Out for Ya?

Murder in New York City is up 20%. Now, it’s quite possible to argue this is a side-effect of electing a socialist mayor who picks fights with the NYPD, but it’s quite certain in this case that gun control isn’t helping, a fact that New York State Rifle and Pistol Association has been pointing out.

Unfortunately, I don’t think any of the supports of the bill care that it’s ineffective. They knew that when they passed it. All the politicians care about is that after Sandy Hook and Webster, something had to be done, and SAFE was something, so therefore it had to be done. This is the most powerful force in politics, and when it’s set in motion, bad results are nearly always guaranteed. Now crime is up 20% in New York, and the usual suspects will be clamoring for something to be done. God help us on what that something is going to be.

10 thoughts on “How’s that SAFE Act Working Out for Ya?”

  1. Given the cold, bad weather, which usually drives down violent crime as the criminal perps and victims who commit/suffer most of it tend to stay inside; this may be even more telling than it looks on the surface. I don’t think last year’s first quarter was worse, anyway.

  2. To be honest, this may be the result of the suspension of stop-and-frisk. But of course, SAFE is useless to counteract this.

    1. I thought the same thing. Granted, I agree with halting the targeting of minorities for 4th Amendment violations, but I have little doubt that it was likely successful at keeping a lid on violent crimes. But I’m also willing to live with the consequences, whereas a lot of people will demand something be done, and the politicians will certainly find something.

  3. They knew that when they passed it.

    Yep. Ineffective means nothing when you can just pass yet another law.
    Rinse, repeat…

  4. You know what the difference between 54 and 45 is? Not much. Why didn’t you report that there was an unprecedented 12-day cessation of murders? Not amenable to your ultimate point, eh?

  5. Yes, over a longer period of time, that is important. Let’s see at the end of the year, rather than after 2 months. But the fact that a variation of the 12-day-cessation occurs is equal evidence that there may be other variations, perhaps even in the opposite direction. Hardly evidential grounds on which to claim that the SAFE act doesn’t work, or isn’t working.

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