NY Subway Shooting Another Massive Gun Control Failure

NY Subway Shooting Another Massive Gun Control Failure
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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Without acknowledging the New York subway shooting Tuesday, April 12 was a massive failure of New York’s strict gun control laws, the media has been giving up details about the incident and investigation that can only lead to such a conclusion.

According to Fox News, the suspect has been identified as Frank James, formerly considered a “person of interest” in the case, with addresses in Philadelphia and Wisconsin. There is now a $50,000 reward for his apprehension, and posters bearing his images have reportedly been posted around the city stating he was wanted for “attempted murder.”

Which of New York’s gun control laws failed? Essentially, all of them.

According to details gleaned from published reports, here are some facts:

  • Police recovered a 9mm Glock semi-auto pistol at the scene, plus three extended (“high capacity”) magazines, according to ABC News. Such magazines are outlawed in New York and have been for several years, but the prohibition evidently did not prevent the suspect from having them. So far this year, New York police have reportedly seized some 1,800 guns “off the street,” an indication of how poorly the gun law isn’t working. An estimated 10 percent of those guns allegedly are “ghost guns.”
  • The suspect allegedly carried the gun, spare magazines and some kind of smoke bomb onto the subway train. Being a non-resident of New York, it was illegal for the suspect to carry a concealed pistol in the city because he could not have gotten a carry license. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently mulling a ruling in a lawsuit filed by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association challenging the permit law, which requires so-called “just cause” to be granted a carry permit. NYSR&PA is an affiliate of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and the lawsuit is supported by the National Rifle Association. CCRKBA has filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case.
  • According to Fox News, an unidentified source at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “confirmed…on Wednesday that Brooklyn subway shooting suspects Frank James purchased the gun used in the Tuesday morning attack at a pawn shop in Columbus, Ohio, in 2011.
  • The suspect opened fire, wounding at least 10 people and injuring more than a dozen others, in a public place. It is illegal to do that, and if arrested, James will face at least ten counts of attempted murder.

The 62-year-old James reportedly rented a U-Haul in Philadelphia, which was found parked near the subway entrance. The keys were “found in the shooter’s possessions left behind at the subway station,” according to WABC News. James has not been seen or heard from.

New York Mayor Eric Adams declared the shooting part of a national problem, according to Fox News.

“The problem we’re facing is a problem that is hitting our entire nation right now,” Adams told a reporter. He said the problem deserves “a national response.”

Police have suggested that the Glock pistol used in the shooting jammed, which would account for the suspect leaving the gun behind.

The shooting sparked a massive manhunt, and at this writing, there was no indication where he might be. In addition to the New York police, the FBI, ATF, and U.S. Marshals are all looking for James.

There has been no indication of a possible motive for the attack. Fox reported the suspect “reportedly has a history of publishing racist and shocking YouTube videos.”

That this happened one day after Joe Biden called for new gun controls and announced a crackdown on so-called “ghost guns” may be convenient timing for the White House. It will allow the president to declare how “right” he is on gun control.

In a related story, Mayor Adams, appearing Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program indicated the city may start using sophisticated metal detection devices in subway areas, and maybe elsewhere, to detect the carrying of concealed firearms. Security for the mayor has reportedly been stepped up.

About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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Elect the same party over and over and the pain continues.


Stop giving free stuff and the party will die because everything they say is a lie.


So called Gun control won’t do a thing to make law-abiding American citizens safer. What we need is thug control on our streets.


which would be universal concealed carry , thugs would be scared shitless not knowing if granny was packing or the hot mama


Why didn’t anyone in the subway that day fire back at the perp? We all know what the answer is.


Because a certain percentage of those people are more concerned about the NYPD ruining (or ending) their lives for carrying than they are of violent criminals.


“My fellow New Yorkers, we got him,” Mayor Eric Adams said.

“Let’s hope they keep him this time.” New York citizen’s response.


Gun free zones and states like New York with draconian gun laws create victem rich environments for criminals with evil intentions and this subway shooting is proof of that. But don’t let those facts get in the way of the lies these anti gun states promote. They like to use the tragedy
of the victims to take the rights from law biding citizens .


The important thing here is, and I am sure Mayor Adams would agree, is that no (other) private citizen endangered public safety by carrying a firearm and attempted to save others from harm by returning fire.

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Dam good point. I was thinking yesterday. It seems to me that the amount of mass shootings seem to go up when we have a president talking about taking away guns. I am starting to wonder why.


M454 – the state of New York – for the most part – is fairly gun friendly. Well unless you ‘count’ the so-called ‘safe’ act that is. OTOH noo yawk city is indeed one of the most draconian places known to man. And that applies to lots of other areas besides “gun control” look at how they STILL waffle about masks and getting the jab.


Mr. Workman, Another very well written and informative article. I read your articles posted. here. New York City has some of the strictest gun laws like other states, cities around the country. Those gun control laws didn’t deter the shooter from carrying out his attack on defenseless and innocent people. Yet the anti gun politicians and anti gun groups will cry for more gun control laws in the wake of this shooting and Sacramento, CA, another state with strict gun laws. The anti gun side will ignore the facts of these shootings as does the mainstream media and press .… Read more »


I lived in kommiefornia sacratomato and they would not issue me a permit and basically told me that if I was afraid of going out on the highway late at night repairing semi-trucks that I shouldn’t take the job. The late-night repairs were my bread and butter and I would walk away many times with more than a thousand dollars cash in my pocket.

Moved to OreGoNEISTAN and in three months had a permit and still do.


NY and other cities want to depopulate the country one tragedy at a time.
We need a federal death penalty for mass murders.


Finally I see someone else pushing for the death penalty besides me. How about hung by the neck until dead televised on TV on EVERY station like when the current shit show liar and thief talks about taking away guns, gas, food, cars you name it.

Right on, you made my day. Thanks.

uncle dudley

This guy has a long rap sheet of former arrests going back as far as the 1990’s why did he pass a nics check in 2011 in Ohio?
Surely he was convicted of some of those arrests or did they give him a pass.
Last thought is… does he have a brother named Jesse?

The Crimson Pirate

In some of his videos Mr. James ranted about his own past mental health issues and the failure of the NYC mental health system. He made a statement that he was victim of that failed system. Was that before 2011 when he purchased the pistol in Ohio? Did NYC fail to convey that information to NICS, as we have seen happen in other cases (Cho, Virginia Tech, the air force guy that shot up Sutherland Springs church in TX)?


Glock jammed? Humm.


I noticed the charges list NOTHING about attempted murder…


His past criminal record shows that liberal policies do not work This was a very disturbed person that should have been incarcerated long ago. glade the feds charged him first.


Isn’t it just “crazy” how when the Left needs a mass-shooting, one just magically pops up out of the ground?


There were none for the 4 years of Trump


Wasn’t a stolen gun? I am amazed.

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Yet, the dim mayor wants more gun control. Double down on stupid.


Dave overall a good article although it needs an update since they did catch this nut 😉 Couple of questions you may now have the answers to – what model of Glock was used, what type of ‘high capacity’ magazines were they? Since the standard capacity (in the real world at least) for a G17 is seventeen and for a G19 is fifteen they would both be ‘high cap’ per state law (not just in NY of course). Shoot (pun intended) even a G21 standard mag holds thirteen for that matter. I’m going to bet that we will be ‘given’… Read more »


Places like New York, both the politicians and the people themselves, apparently will never be able to do simple math. “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” The love of the idea that government will benevolently protect everyone is as naive a belief as anyone can have, but some people, especially in large groups such as cities, are loathe to think that they would be wise to demand the right to protect themselves. No right exists when people cannot or will not defend it, and a lot of people do not even try to defend their rights. Thus,… Read more »


Prayers for the victims and their families  


Where do we see the most shootings? Of course, the places with the most draconian anti gun laws. Some of the “news stories” must be made up because there are no guns in California, New York, Maryland, Illinois, or even the whole country of Mexico. The only effective anti gun state is Hawaii, but those TV shows ,based in Hawaii< seem to have shootings every ten minutes. Maybe showing the public frequent shootings (on the set) is effective gun control in this made up world.


I forgot to add /sarc. for those who need help.


Where was Bernie Ghoetz when we needed him?


Bernie Goetz was arrested by the NYPD.

He was charged with multiple crimes.

He was convicted of possessing a handgun.

He was incarcerated for possessing a handgun.

The red coats didn’t even arrest people in NYC for possessing a handgun.

The BATFE doesn’t arrest people in NYC for possessing a handgun.

The NYPD does – so does the Chicago PD, LAPD, etc., etc. (in their jurisdictions).

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Better yet, Dr. Paul Kersey…


The NYPD would “light him up” and go out for beers afterward and laugh about him.


The insanity of the democratic socialist party in NYC in response to the subway shooting.These people have lost their minds I can not believe that a American could even say such things or support this ideology. Climate change how about shooting back and defending your life and the lives of others. I had enough for today before I write something really bad. “Our solutions must attack the root of the problem, and be holistic ones,”Sumathy Kumar said.  The group offered that a solution to the crime is “to fight collectively for viable, sustainable, and effective solutions to issues of public… Read more »

Deplorable Bill

I don’t know how many innocent people were in that subway car but every one of them, besides the shooter, were sitting ducks, trapped like rats with no place to run and no cover. Had even one citizen been armed and willing to stop the carnage, things might have turned out differently. This is why you carry even if you have to be illegal, civilly disobedient. Life is that precious. It’s better than getting shot and or killed, rather, murdered. It’s better than watching someone get shot and/or murdered. Life is precious. I don’t know how many stops nor the… Read more »

Desert Rat

It’s time to step back & look at what the people on the train said at the scene. The shooter was reported to be about 5’5″, a stocky black man. Frank Robert James is 6’+. That’s a big discrepancy even for all the victims to make when they are under fire. How convenient that the gun, reportedly a Glock 17, was left behind because it jammed. How quickly it was determined that James fired 33 rounds.which is the number of rounds held in the high capacity magazine for the Glock 17/18/19/26 series of pistols. So ,more likely, the pistol was… Read more »