No one needs ten bullets to kill a deer

So sayeth New York Governor Andrew “Son of Mario” Cuomo in his State of the State speech today as he railed against the semi-automatic rifles with a detachable magazine politicians refer to as assault weapons and high-capacity magazines used in said assault weapons and many modern handguns.  As much as I hate to agree with anything spouted by the gun-grabber high command, it’s very tough for me to find fault in that statement.  No one should need ten bullets to kill a deer.

I’m not the only one who has trouble finding fault in the governors rhetoric:

The Cuomo plan has the support of law enforcement officials.

“I thought the governor hit exactly the right note,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said.

“The governor was right on target,” Queens DA Richard Brown said, adding when asked if Cuomo could have pushed further, “[He went] as far as he can reasonably go with this Legislature.”

Of course, that assumes the sole reason anyone would choose to own a firearm capable of firing more than ten rounds without reloading is to hunt deer.  How many bullets does someone need to stop a person threatening their life?

Officers in Bronx Fire 41 Shots, And an Unarmed Man Is Killed

An unarmed West African immigrant with no criminal record was killed early yesterday by four New York City police officers who fired 41 shots at him in the doorway of his Bronx apartment building, the police said.

It was unclear yesterday why the police officers had opened fire on the man at 12:44 A.M. in the vestibule of his building at 1157 Wheeler Avenue in the Soundview section. The man, Amadou Diallo, 22, who came to America more than two years ago from Guinea and worked as a street peddler in Manhattan, died at the scene, the police said.

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Judge Acquits Detectives in 50-Shot Killing of Bell

A Queens judge on Friday acquitted three detectives charged in the shooting of Sean Bell, who died on his wedding day in a hail of 50 police bullets. He said that prosecutors had failed to prove their case and that wounded friends of the slain man had given testimony that he did not believe.

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TIMES SQUARE SHOOTING: This Is Why Police Shoot To Kill

Police Officers don’t shoot to wound.

At approximately 3 p.m. Saturday, police fired a dozen rounds at knife wielding, 51-year-old Darrius Kennedy, shooting him in the center of Times Square.

Even then police fired 12 times Saturday and only seven rounds found their target, the rest went wild and fortunately didn’t ricochet or find an innocent bystander.

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13 Cleveland police officers who fired 137 rounds into car, killing 2, expected to be interviewed by investigators today

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — Investigators will begin today interviewing the 13 Cleveland police officers who fired 137 bullets Thursday at a car, killing a Cleveland man and woman in East Cleveland after a high-speed chase.

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Case of man shot at 90 times on freeway ‘tragic,’ LAPD says
Los Angeles Police Department officials described the shooting death of a 19-year-old man after a bizarre high-speed chase on the 101 Freeway “tragic” but defended the officers’ actions.  Eight Los Angeles police officers fired more than 90 rounds, killing him.
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Arizona SWAT Team Defends Shooting Iraq Vet 60 Times

SWAT team members fired 71 times and hit Guerena 60 times, police said.

How many bullets does one need to subdue a person threatening a group of police officers?  It seems that number could be anywhere from 1 to 137, possibly more.  I’m going to assume that Governor Cuomo’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines won’t apply to state and local law enforcement, so you’ve got to ask why the governor believes the citizens of his state are less worthy of adequate protection from dangerous criminals (or unarmed civilians considered a threat) than law enforcement?

This is not a spurious argument.  A homeowner confronting an intruder in their house at night has a lot in common with the police officers involved in the shootings linked above – they fear themselves to be in imminent danger, they are faced with an unknown number of assailants who may or may not be armed, and they have a very small window of time in which they can act to neutralize the threat.

There is one key difference, however, unlike the police shootings linked above a homeowner does not have armed back-up by their side if the assailant is not subdued after firing ten bullets.  That and most people don’t wear a police belt with additional magazines to bed at night so they may not be able to reload quickly.  When seconds count, the police are just minutes away.  Why does Governor Cuomo want to make the law-abiding citizens of his state into sitting ducks?

No, the spurious argument is that hunting is the only legitimate, constitutionally protected use for firearms, no hunter needs more than three or five or ten cartridges to bag their quarry, ergo only government agents should possess a high-capacity magazine.  It’s funny how gun-grabbers  like Cuomo have completely twisted the Founding Father’s intentions for penning the 2nd Amendment.  It had very little to do with hunting and everything to do with protecting oneself, one’s family and property – whether from rogues or the tyranny of men who wish to rule them.

“End the madness now. Pass safe, reasonable gun control in the State of New York. Make this state safer. Save lives. Set an example for the rest of the nation. Let them look at New York and say this is what you can do. This is what you should do,” Cuomo said.

The governor proposed legislation to:

* Tighten the assault weapons ban

* Ban all large-capacity gun clips, some that hold 100 rounds

* Increase penalties for those who illegally buys guns, use guns on school property and who use guns in violence and drug-related gang activity

“This is New York, the progressive capital. You show them how we lead,” Cuomo said.

Fine, let’s see you lead by example Governor Cuomo.  Mandate all law enforcement personnel in New York trade their semi-automatic pistols with high-capacity magazines for revolvers.  Confiscate and destroy all assault weapons currently in the possession of law enforcement in New York and replace them with sporting rifles lacking a detachable magazine.  Make your personal security detail a gun-free zone.

Put your money – and your life, and the lives of the law enforcement personnel you command – where your mouth is.  Until then you are nothing but a tin-horn tyrant and a hypocrite.

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