A headline in the Toledo Blade read 'Mental Issues Put 34,500 on New York No-Guns List'. That's apparently the (current) number of people deemed too 'disturbed', mentally speaking, to be trusted to own or have access to a firearm in New York state.
An e-mail today put that in perspective:
"...what's to stop any of them from getting an axe, a car, or a dollar's worth of gasoline?"
My correspondent had a point. It's as if the powers that be breathe a sigh of relief when they stop a 'disturbed' person from (legally) obtaining a firearm. They ignore the reality that getting one's hands on a gun illegally isn't particularly difficult (like this convicted felon did, for example); or, if one doesn't want to go to that trouble, there are any number of other potentially lethal instruments and methods open to abuse. Follow the links in the cited passage above to see how much carnage three 'disturbed' people caused with nary a gun in sight.
Laws won't make us safe, because lawbreakers will (by definition) not obey them. That's the way it is. That's the way it's always been. If we rely on laws (or the police) to keep us safe, we're living in cloud cuckoo land. Given their current ill-advised mishmash of gun control efforts, the authorities in New York state seem to have taken up residence there for the duration . . .