It’s impossible not to feel sorry for the happy, excited “want to buy a gun’ shoppers in this video. The sign on the door says in big bold white that the shop is specifically for’First time Gun Buyers’ and looking young, fresh and eager they pile in. But the shop is not exactly a gun shop even though it apparently has a huge range of guns for sale. It’s an example of a shock horror way of making prospective gun owners think twice about bringing a gun into their lives.
While each gun in the store looks real they are in fact high quality copies of the real thing and attached to each is a short blurb detailing the killings, deliberate and accidental that have involved just this gun. It’s shocking and you can see the customers change rapidly from having the whole exciting idea of buying ‘protection’ at the forefront of their minds to being brought face to face with the very real dangers of being anywhere near a gun like this. Sneaky sure but apparently very, very effective anti-gun campaigning.
Of course if the people wanting to buy guns had known their NYC law they would have twigged it was a setup right from the start. Buying a gun is a long bureaucratic process in NYC designed to keep very good tabs on who is buying and why. It is just not possible to go into a store and buy one without getting a licence first and going through a series of checks. And selling guns is also filled to the brim with red tape.
See the second video below, made by a pro gun person interviewing the current owner of the oldest gun store in the whole nation and who would have thought the oldest was in Manhattan. The grizzled owner, John Jovino, gives resigned testimony about the experience of being a gun seller in NYC, one of the most if not the most anti-gun city in the nation. He asserts that NYC is heavily anti-gun and while Bloomberg was Mayor it was even worse, given that Bloomberg was a very strong anti-gun advocate.
Put these 2 videos together and you get get a picture of NYC as a whole being against guns, some of them very, very against it. But that there are people who assert an interpretation of the 2nd ammendment which favors gun ownership who live in NYC too. And there’s some who like the idea in the abstract of having protection but who look sick when the reality of gun ownership is brought home to them. Yes the shop set up was propaganda pure and simple and very effective it was too. For the record it was a popup and only in the Lower East Side for 2 days.