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Supposedly, anyone with a criminal record should not be allowed to purchase a gun in most states, yet they do. Supposedly, requiring certain modifications on assault-style weapons makes them safer and less likely to be used for a mass shooting, but they are. Supposedly, ultra-strict gun control laws are supposed to reduce gun violence, but they don’t. Supposedly, gun free zones like schools and hospitals are safer, but they aren’t.

After 20 children and six staff members were gunned down in a Connecticut elementary school in 2012, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York decided that he had had enough.

In 2013, he introduced sweeping legislation to expand a ban on assault weapons. New York became the first state in the country to tighten its gun laws after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and Mr. Cuomo assumed a leading national role in the fight for stricter gun control.

Yet less than two weeks ago, Dr. Henry Bello, who had a criminal record and a troubled history, was able to walk into Upstate Guns and Ammo in Schenectady, N.Y., and buy a weapon that was for all intents and purposes a military-style rifle. The rifle was modified specifically to comply with New York’s laws — changes such as the elimination of a pistol grip and a flash suppressor, which critics say are more cosmetic than functional…

What happened in New York’s Bronx-Lebanon Hospital when fired Dr. Henry Bello walked in and opened fire with his newly purchased assault-style rifle, killing Dr. Tracy Sin-Yee Tam and wounding a handful of others, proves that even New York’s strict gun control laws don’t stop mass shootings or make places like gun free hospitals any safer.

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