A New York City judge ranted against gun activists Tuesday, calling them “out of touch with reality,” as he handed down a maximum sentence for a 21-year-old man who killed a woman with an illegal gun.
“I don’t care what the gun lobby says. They’re out of touch with reality. They’re out of touch with what happens on our street,” said state Supreme Court Justice Albert Tomei, the New York Post reported. “We are eating each other’s mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters every day.”
The judge then sarcastically referred to the idea of American exceptionalism.
“We are exceptional. We are very good at killing ourselves,” he said, the Post reported.
Mr. Tomei sentenced Michael Magnan to 25 years to life for using an illegal .38-caliber handgun to kill a livery cab passenger, 23-year-old Nikita Grebelsky, in August 2012.
“I don’t know what’s happening in this country,” Mr. Tomei said. “But we are going to wither away because we are cannibalizing each other.”
Magnan stood up in court prior to his sentencing to apologize to the family of Miss Grebelsky.
“I would like to apologize to the victim’s family and to my own family for having to go through this ordeal,” he said, the Post reported.