New York is not known for their gun-friendly legislation. And it looks like they are only going to get worse.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and state Sen. Kevin Palmer are drafting a bill that would allow a social media check to take place before a person is allowed to make a gun purchase.
Authorities would be able to review three years of social media history and one year of internet search history, according to the draft.
“A three-year review of a social media profile would give an easy profile of a person who is not suitable to hold and possess a fire arm,” Adams said.
The lawmakers’ goal is to identify “hate speech” on social media.
“If the police department is reviewing a gang assault, a robbery, some type of shooting, they go and do a social media profile investigation,” Adams argued.
Although the bill was likely in the pipeline before the Pittsburg shooting, Adams used it as an example of how the shooter might have been stopped if he had his accounts checked.
Now, you probably already know all the problems this proposed bill has.
First off, “hate speech” is still protected speech and even if someone uses it, that doesn’t automatically make them a killer. Yet, they will still punish a person by violating their right to free speech? As much as we condemn racists and Nazis, they still have their rights.
Also, in a time where we are becoming more and more sensitive to the way people talk, what is hate speech and what isn’t? Who decides that? How do we determine the people who aren’t killers and those who are based solely on what they tweet?
And while we are violating every right under the sun with this bill, why don’t we talk about the Fourth Amendment. Adams said that after a crime is committed, a computer is searched. So, in doing a search before a person buys a gun, is that implying that person will commit a crime with that gun? That doesn’t sound like strong probable cause to us.
Let’s hope this bill doesn’t ever see the light of day. Sadly, this is New York, who knows what they will do.