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  •  Living in a city without a gun - what's it like? (1+ / 0-)
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    As I've stated above. I'm experienced with guns, more so than many others who advocate for expansion of RKBA. I strongly support the RKBA for self defense and other lawful purposes and I believe that Heller allows states wide latitude to set licensing, registration, and concealed carry laws to balance expression of the RKBA with local public safety needs.

    Moving to NYC, this mo'fo' decided not to apply for a hangun permit and to take her chances on the mean streets unarmed.

    Now, after having lived through various large power failures, 9/11, major power outage in 2004, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, I can confidently say that most crimes are crimes of opportunity. The vast majority of criminals are neither suicidal nor mentally ill, and they strike when they have an easy target (e.g. someone distracted) and they have an easy get away.

    One advantage NYC has whenever there is a crisis is that it's a group of islands. When traffic stops, when people's lives are disrupted such that they have nothing to do but sit still and complain, (and New Yorkers do take complaining to the level of an art form), that's a lot of bored eyeballs paying attention to whatever is going down. Since there is no where to go - they notice everything.I think that in those temporary circumstances crime opportunities drop rapidly, until some enterprising or desperate criminal gets the silly idea that they can go loot a pharmacy and get away with it.

    They don't get away with it - in all of the crises, there are too many witnesses. And that is a fact, a weird and unusual benefit of living close together on a crowded island.

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 01:04:31 PM PDT

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    •  I spent nearly 2 years on Staten Island, so I (1+ / 0-)
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      have an idea of what you're talking about.  That was nearly 30 years ago, though.

      •  People are shocked when I tell them that in (1+ / 0-)
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        the 8 days after Sandy there was  not a single murder.

        And it wasn't as if the city was on lock down either. We didn't have police every where, or National Guard here like we did after 9/11. It was just the fact that public transit wasn't working, so any escape route meant on foot.

        "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

        by LilithGardener on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 02:18:09 PM PDT

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