George Bardwil was in his upstairs bedroom when his alarm system let him know someone was breaking into his house. His bodyguard was off duty, so Mr. Bardwil retrieved the body guard’s gun from a secure box and used the loaded gun to chase the intruder away.
Mr. Bardwil then made the mistake of calling the police, and voluntarily showed them the entire incident that was recorded on his security system. He stated that this was not the first time his house has been broken into because of his vast wealth.
The gun he used is legally registered to his body guard, but Mr. Bardwil has no permit that makes it legal for him to have a gun in his own home. That’s correct; in New York City one must apply for a permit to even have a gun in their home. I’m guessing that obtaining one of these permits in New York City is not an easy thing to do.
So where does a law preventing a home owner having a gun in their home leave the residents of New York City? The bad guys are no doubt aware of this law, and would naturally take full advantage of this situation. The bad guys can be reasonably sure their intended victim is not armed, and will be unable to defend themselves. I would say this is stacking the deck in the bad guys favor, wouldn’t you?
Fortunately, with Mr. Bardwil being a multimillionaire he will be able to afford the best attorney’s money can buy, and he will probably not serve a day in jail. If this had been an average citizen with an average income, their life would be ruined for this same act of defending their own home from a bad guy.
Is it just me, or do you see something wrong with this picture? The citizens of New York City are denied the right to protect themselves, and the bad guys could care less about the laws. I would have to question why these citizens are not raising heck and demanding these laws be changed to level the playing field.
I can assure you a law such as this New York City law would never fly in Arizona. If any elected Politician even proposed such a law, there would be a very hasty recall election. Just recently, a couple elected officials in Colorado learned a hard lesson regarding their attitude toward gun control. They just joined the ranks of the unemployed. Perhaps Colorado just set an example for other states to follow.
We have a large number of Politicians who firmly believe they can pass any bill into law they want to pass, and there is nothing we citizens can do to stop them. I would bet that the recall election in Colorado over gun control was a wake up call to many professional Politicians.
Even if you happen to fall into the strictly anti-gun category, you must admit it is grossly unfair to write laws that allows the bad guys to have guns but makes it nearly impossible for the good guys to have guns.
Keep in mind that most guns are just an inert mass of metal parts that are not evil. It is the person using the gun that causes the problems. Most gun owners are solid citizens who would never use a gun to intentionally harm another person or commit a crime.
If I were multimillionaire Mr. Bardwil, I would be moving out of New York City to a more gun friendly location as soon as possible.
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