The shooting of a Cuomo aide during the West Indian Day Parade drove home the constant risk of gun violence facing all of us. Even though we have some of the toughest gun laws of any state, it doesn't stop the flow of weapons from
states like Georgia, Florida and Virginia, where virtually the only requirement to buy a gun is potty training, and that's often waived.
The SAFE Act's architect and champion, Governor Andrew Cuomo, admitted he's helpless to halt the flow of firearms unless Congress enacts tougher gun control laws.
But don't hold your breath. Capitol Hill cowards will continue to act like chew toys for the NRA, which has the best legislators that money can buy.
But law enforcement agencies have a powerful weapon to hit the NRA where it really hurts. They can target firearms manufacturers who fund the gun lobby's purchase of politicians.
Police departments can stop buying weapons from gunmakers who fail to block the sale of assault rifles and pistols to the general public. Those weapons kill
civilians and cops.
The NYPD, America's largest police force, can get the ball rolling to stop the bullets from flying. Other police departments will soon follow, joined by state and federal law enforcement agencies.
They can ensure public safety by putting the NRA's bottom line in their crosshairs. Will Bill Bratton step up to plate to stop the barrage of bullets in our streets?
Kew Gardens Hills