New York’s radical leftist Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul issued a series of executive orders on Wednesday designed to put even more draconian gun control measures in place in the Empire State. She said that the new orders were in response to last week’s shooting at a Buffalo grocery store.
In her press release accompanying the orders, Hochul said the “horrific and depicable act of terror committed by a White supremacist” demonstrates that the U.S. is dealing with an “intersection of two crises.” She said those were the “mainstreaming of hate speech” and “easy access to military-style weapons and magazines.” She said that “hate speech” included “White nationalism, racism, and White supremacy.”
Hochul’s new orders also follow the shooting at a Brooklyn subway station that occured last month. However, that shooting was done by a Black shooter with online postings suggesting a belief in Black supremacy. Presumably, no immediate executive orders were needed as a result of violence that does not fit the Democratic narrative regarding White supremacy.
The governor said the Buffalo shooting was a “wake-up call” for New York and she is now taking steps to “directly address this deadly threat.”
She described the new orders she issued as devoting resources and focus toward fighting domestic terrorism. Hochul claimed the orders identify “radicalized individuals” while tracking threats made on social media. She also said the order will give state law enforcement the power to “keep guns away from dangerous people.”
In addition to the executive orders, Hochul also issued a referral to the state Attorney General to look into what role social media played in the Buffalo shooting. She said she is also planning to call for new legislation to remove guns “from the street.”
Despite Hochul’s symbolic efforts, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo has previously described existing New York rules as “the toughest gun laws in the nation.” After the Sandy Hook shooting in 2013, New York passed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act.
The SAFE Act had been shown to be a failure even before last weekend’s Buffalo shooting. New York’s gun violence has not only not been slowed by the law, it has surged in recent years. Nonetheless, Democrats like Hochul appear to remain addicted to the idea that more regulations and laws will eventually convince criminals to stop behaving violently.