Monday, February 18, 2013

New York's Gun Control Battle

Gun control came early to New York.

In 1910, a New York City mayor was shot in the neck by a disgruntled ex-employee, igniting a familiar debate over whether the shooting was the symptom of a diseased mind or a diseased culture. The mayor, William Gaynor, who survived, blamed the media for stirring hostility toward him.

The following year, after an especially shocking murder-suicide on the streets of New York City, lawmakers in Albany enacted the Sullivan Law, still on the books today, requiring permits for all pistols. It became a model for other gun-control measures around the country.

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