Governor of New York reveals new gun law proposals
NEW YORK – Governor Kathy Hochul of New York revealed her plans to enhance the state’s gun laws after the Buffalo shooting.
Allegedly the announcement was to take place prior to the shooting.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul unveils new gun law proposals in wake of Buffalo shooting https://t.co/nbEtkXexHT
— WOKV News (@WOKVNews) May 18, 2022
Due to the events that took place in Buffalo, Hochul is placing a much stronger emphasis on how weapons are being purchased.
Payton Gendron, the 18-year-old suspect in the shooting, allegedly purchased his weapons legally and made modifications to the firearms that are considered illegal in New York, where gun laws are already some of the strictest in the country.
District Attorney Michael Korchak of Broome County, New York, said that Gendron was taking an online class when he:
“Made some disturbing comments about murder and suicide.
[Gendron] indicated he was just joking and said L-O-L.
He said the teacher still reported the incident to the police.”
Gendron was not on campus when he made the comments, so state police arrived at his home to question him, but Gendron “indicated that this was a joke,” said DA Korchack.
Korchack said the state police brought Gendron to Binghamton General Hospital. There he received a psychiatric evaluation. He added that Gendron did stay stay overnight at the hospital but was cleared.
“This defendant had been interviewed by a mental health professional and professional who deemed him to be not dangerous or not at risk.
[Gendron] was released to the custody of his parents and returned home.
He was actually cleared and went back to school and participated in his high school graduation.
The unfortunate thing is the New York State Police, school officials and mental health professionals, they don’t have a crystal ball.
They can’t read into the future.
They can only evaluate the subject on the information that they had at that time.”
DA Korchak added that a review of the incident revealed that it was handled “appropriately.”
Governor Hochul is seeking to firm up “red flag behavior”.
She is now requiring the state police indicate an “extreme risk” order of protection when they come into contact with anyone they think is a risk to themselves or others.
Gendron did not have a red flag against him when he purchased his firearm.
At the request of Hochul, New York State Attorney General Letitia James will investigate “the online resources that were used to amplify the acts and intentions of Payton Gendron.”
Governor Kathy Hochul recently unveiled additional measures aimed at combating domestic terrorism, including legislation to tighten New York gun laws and a directive for state police to exercise their authority to disarm individuals deemed a public threat https://t.co/0K5im2tPeL pic.twitter.com/uRlCkuQrvY
— Reuters Legal (@ReutersLegal) May 20, 2022
A letter obtained by ABC News said:
“The investigation should be directed at those platforms that may have been used to stream, promote or plan the event including, but not limited to Twitch (owned by Amazon) 4chan, 8chan and Discord.”
According to law enforcement, the shooting was allegedly live-streamed on Twitch.
Gendron allegedly posted details of the attack online using Discord and posted on 4chan and 8chan.
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Governor Hochul commented:
“Think about all the people who saw the livestream.
The virus spreads and they find others to share their worldview, radicalizing others.”
New York State Attorney General Letitia James remarked:
“The terror attack in Buffalo has once again revealed the depths and danger of the online forums that spread and promote hate.
The fact that an individual can post detailed plans to commit such an act of hate without consequence, and then stream it for the world to see is bone-chilling and unfathomable.”
A spokesperson from Discord said:
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the victims and their families.
Hate and violence have no place on Discord.
We are doing everything we can to assist law enforcement in the investigation.”
“When there’s early warning signs that someone could do harm to themselves or others, there has to be an examination as to whether or not there are guns in the house." https://t.co/L4g7Izj2Td
— WSKG (@WSKG) May 17, 2022
Governor Hochul is creating a new domestic terrorism unit within the state Department of Homeland Security. It will find ways to combat the “threat of guns” and “racially motivated violence”.
Prior to the Buffalo shooting, New York saw a rise in illegal gun possession.
Under consideration are proposals that include having local law enforcement file a report to a federal database of recovered weapons. Also, allowing state-conducted background checks would be part of the proposed changes.
NEW YORK CITY, NY– On November 24th, two New York City police officers were shot in the Bronx by a man who is referred to as a “career criminal”. As expected, Mayor Bill de Blasio chose to blame the shooting on the fact that there are “too many guns out there”, instead of blaming the repeat criminal himself.
de Blasio said:
“It’s another example of a gun from out of state, comes into our city, hurts a New Yorker,”
He then added:
“This is something we’ve got to deal with in a whole different way. But in the meantime, thank God that there is one more shooter off the streets because of the bravery of these just absolutely extraordinary officers.”
Thankfully, both officers are recovering from their injuries, and were not fatally wounded. de Blasio did briefly praise the “bravery” of the “extraordinary officers” in his statement.
At this time, neither the officers nor the suspect have been identified, however Commissioner Dermot Shea said the shooting was carried out by a “career criminal with far too many arrests, still on the streets of New York City.”
Shea did discuss the gun that was used in the shooting, saying:
“What we know about this firearm is that it was reported stolen last year in Georgia. Obviously made its way, as far too many guns do, up into New York City and it’s causing carnage on the streets,”
Fox News reported that one of the officers, a female who has been on the force for about a year, was struck twice in the upper right arm. She returned fire and shot the suspect. She is expected to survive.
Her partner, a male officer with eight years on the force, was shot in the armpit area. He is also expected to survive the injuries.
The unidentified suspect was shot a total of three times and was in surgery at St. Barnabas Hospital at the time of the press conference. His condition was upgraded to serious from critical, the New York Times reported after speaking with an NYPD detective just after 2 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.
It comes as no surprise that the police-defunded streets of New York have become violent and dangerous. Shootings have become second nature at this point, and as Police Benevolent Association President, Patrick Lynch pointed out during the press conference, the problem lies with the fact that the criminals are no longer afraid to carry or use firearms.
“But perps aren’t afraid to carry them,”
“They’re not afraid to put it in their belt, put it in their pocket and pull it out on a police officer. That’s the problem.”
Shea said the community did its job Wednesday night by calling 911 in response to the shooting and added:
“It’s time for the rest of the system to do its job and make the streets as safe as they can be.”
Malik Alsaedi, the manager of 7 Days & Nights Deli on 187th Street, told the New York Times that he heard the gunshots at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday and called 911.
“When I heard the shots, I didn’t think they were that close. I didn’t think they were a block away,”
“But when I walked outside, that’s when I realized it was something serious.”
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Man out on bail with criminal record of firearms charges shoots 13-year-old in the neck in police-defunded NYC
November 25, 2021
NEW YORK, NY- According to authorities, the man accused of randomly shooting a 13-year-old boy in the Bronx had posted bail in a gun case just months prior, while also being out on parole for a weapons conviction.
The young boy was shot in the neck while walking to school in a random attack on the morning of November 23rd. Cops stated that the gunman, 34-year-old Hubert Wiggs, allegedly opened fire around 7:20 a.m. on East 223rd Street near Bronxwood Avenue.
After the violent attack, which NYPD Assistant Chief Kenneth Lehr said “should not have happened,” Wiggs’ prior arrests were revealed. Lehr said in a statement:
“This individual today is on the street while on parole for a firearm, while out on bail for another firearm. And today, he’s walking around the Bronx with a firearm and we have a 13-year-old boy shot in the neck, and for the grace of God he’s alive here today.”
On Wednesday, November 24th, Wiggs was waiting arraignment on charges of second-degree murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon. Following a police interview outside of the NYPD’s 47th precinct, Wiggs was muttering unintelligibly as he walked out of the precinct.
According to records, Wiggs was paroled in July 2015 after being convicted of attempted criminal possession of a weapon and other charges five years earlier.
On February 24, 2019, Wiggs was arrested in Manhattan after he was allegedly caught with a loaded .380 semi-automatic handgun and a small amount of PCP in another person’s car. He was accused of getting into the driver’s seat of a car in Harlem without permission while a woman and child sat inside.
Wiggs was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon as well as unauthorized use of a vehicle and criminal possession of a controlled substance. His bail was set at $100,000 and posted on June 1st. The case is open and pending, with the next court date set for January 18, 2022.
On the morning of November 23rd, Wiggs opened fire on the teenage boy. When officers arrived, they found an emotionally disturbed man acting erratically. A .38 caliber revolver with one spent round was recovered at the scene.
The teen, who has been identified as Khamani Garrett, was taken to Jacobi Hospital in stable condition. Fox News reported that thanks to a controversial bail reform law New York implemented in January 2020, most people are automatically released before trial for misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies.
Authorities said that the law has made it difficult to keep criminals off the streets and suspects are routinely released for serious crimes. On the day of the shooting, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea posted to Twitter:
“1 inch to the side & this is a very different story… Imagine that’s your child, on their way to school, only to be hit with a bullet fired by a criminal who’s: out on a pending 2019 GUN case, AND he’s already on parole for a prior WEAPONS conviction. Today, AGAIN w/ a gun.”
A 12-year-old boy who attends the same school as the victim said:
“I was telling my mom it could have been me because I walk the same way to the train station. He should be safe walking on the street.”
Wiggs was taken into custody without incident. He faces a slew of charges in connection to the shooting, including attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing.
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.
And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
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