U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- The latest example of misuse of “public health emergency” as an Orwellian phrase is by Governor Cuomo of New York. Governor Cuomo declared a First-in the Nation “Gun Violence Disaster Emergency”.
Big government proponents love “emergencies” because “emergencies” give them the power they otherwise do not have. This is why we see the ever-expanding use of “emergency” or “disaster” to apply to otherwise ordinary events.
Leftists have successfully used the term to expand their power to override nearly all Constitutionally protected rights. Progressives’ “public health” power was the start of their successful degradation of the checks and balances in the Constitution. Emergency War powers may be the only thing that is used to override Constitutional protections more than “Public Health Emergencies”.
From the news release of the office of the governor.ny.gov:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today declared the first-in-the-nation gun violence disaster emergency as part of a new, comprehensive strategy to build a safer New York. This new strategy treats gun violence as a public health crisis, using short-term solutions to manage the immediate gun violence crisis and reduce the shooting rate, as well as long-term solutions that focus on community-based intervention and prevention strategies to break the cycle of violence. The disaster emergency allows the State to expedite money and resources to communities so they can begin targeting gun violence immediately.
Governor Cuomo is using the emergency powers to shift “gun violence” away from law enforcement to public health agencies. The new Office of Gun Violence Prevention will be overseen by the New York State Department of Public Health and will be lead by an appointee of Governor Cuomo.
Cuomo will be using the “emergency” to send $138.7 million dollars to his political allies. None of the money appears to go to the police, especially not to the local police. $76 million will go to a “jobs” program. The “jobs” program is another way to give money to political allies to dole out to buy votes. It is classic machine politics.
The plan includes some possibilities for actual homicide reduction. The plan acknowledges only a small number of individuals are responsible for most homicides. From the press release:
As with COVID, the State will use a cluster-based strategy to contain and combat the epidemic and identify gun violence hot spots where clusters of shootings are driven by small numbers of people. Initial hot spots identified in New York City, Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, and Long Island include just 4,090 young men aged 18-24 but account for 48.5 percent of recent gun violence in those communities.
Concentrating on the small number of offenders has had success in reducing homicides. It remains to be seen whether the Cuomo plan will utilize what has been learned from past successes.
Click the link to read the whole article: NY: Cuomo “Gun Violence”