Packing HeatThe answer is no. Since there have been no substantive changes in New York City's gun laws (either more or less restrictive) in recent years that might have led to this decline, one would more likely conclude that gun laws have no effect on crime whatsoever. And that there are other factors contributing instead, perhaps to be found here: "The Rise and Decline of Hard Drugs, Drug Markets, and Violence in Inner-City New York."
The wires report that in 2007, New York City likely will record the fewest murders in more than 40 years. Gotham boasts some of the toughest gun restrictions in the country.
Supporters of gun rights often cite high murder rates in, for instance, Washington, D.C., as proof gun laws don't work.
Does New York's dramatic drop in murders suggest the effectiveness of gun control? (link)
As we've been arguing all along.
But you're welcome to "suggest."