(CNSNews.com) - A pro-Second Amendment group says bank robberies have tripled in New York City over the last three years, because it is easier to rob a bank than it is to legally own a firearm in the Big Apple.
"Thugs thrive where law-abiding gun owners are scarce, said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation.
In many cases, Gottlieb noted, the New York City crooks aren't even using guns. "They just stroll into a bank, hand the teller a note, and walk out with the loot."
Because it's unlikely that bank robbers will encounter any resistance from armed citizens, they have good job security, Gottlieb added.
Gottlieb said the situation in New York City is a classic example of what happens in places where crooks have greater freedom to commit crimes than honest citizens have in defending themselves from it.
On the other hand, Gottlieb noted, the law comes down hard on citizens who use unlicensed guns to defend their homes and families against criminals.
"Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has threatened to publicize the names of banks that lack security features recommended by his department," Gottlieb said.
"In a city where citizens are prosecuted for defending themselves with guns, maybe Kelly should be prosecuted as an accessory to a robbery at any of those banks, if they are held up.
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