NY1 News: Brooklyn Rep. Fires Back At NRA Head's Post-Storm Crime Claims
A Brooklyn Congressman is defending his borough against comments made by the head of the National Rifle Association.
In an editorial in the Daily Caller last Wednesday, Wayne LaPierre painted a hellish, crime-ridden picture of South Brooklyn after Hurricane Sandy, saying saying, "Looters ran wild in South Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark or you might not get home at all."
The comment was part of an argument for more gun ownership.
However, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries sent a letter to LaPierre explaining why his vision of Brooklyn is all wrong.
"The people of Coney Island across the neighborhood are resilient, are hard working, are caring, are dedicated to making a comeback. That's one of the reasons why comments like those made by Wayne LaPierre are completely irresponsible, unfounded and unacceptable," Jeffries said.
The freshman congressman is now calling on LaPierre to apologize and set the record straight. He cited New York City Police Department statistics about the overall drop in crime in the area after Sandy and wrote, "You depicted the area as a 'hellish world' after the storm hit. The facts that you have disregarded, either out of ignorance or with malicious intent, tell a very different story."
Jeffries has also invited LaPierre to visit the area to see for himself. Should he pay a visit, Coney Island residents say they would tell him about their post Sandy experience.
"We was safe. Everybody came together and worked as one and as a team," said Coney Island resident Sheriff Laiking.
"Back in the west when you needed guns to protect yourself. Right now you have the police to protect you and everybody else," said Coney Island resident Anibal Mel.
The NRA has not returned NY1's request for comment.