I grew up in New York and left for good in 1980.
I still have family there, and, living as I do in a more or less free state, I cannot believe how the fascist power of the state has grown over the past 34 years.
Gun control is the least of it. Do you know that of you are late with your (required) car insurance payment, there is mandatory notification from the insurer to the state, and that they can (and sometimes do) impound your car?
There are such a myriad of state-enforced dos and don’ts for every area of human activity (other than sexual), it’s hard to imagine how anyone can live there.
Congrats on a very smart move on your part. I guess jobs and family are one reason folks stay in places like NY, CA, IL. We live fairly close to the CA border and I can’t believe the cost of living (if you can call it that) in CA. Fifteen hundred sq/ft house for 500K? WTH? Taxes are ridiculous. Gas prices are ridiculous. Don’t think I’ll be going there any time soon.
There are many characteristics of New York that make it a fascist state, but this isn't one of them. For all its flaws, New York has a reputation for having one of the most effectively regulated insurance industries in the nation -- which is why insurance companies often brag about their New York presence as a symbol of their stability.
The situation you describe isn't a symptom of a fascist state. It's a symptom of a state where insurance fraud is a major problem -- largely because it's filled with quasi-humanoid mutants who have no business living in a free, orderly society. They've figured out that an easy way to drive without insurance is to make one initial payment on an annual policy, get the insurance card to verify that they are insured, and then drive around for the rest of the year without making any more payments. The insurance company will cancel the policy, but that doesn't stop them from driving around and putting other people at risk without any insurance coverage.
I'm like you. I escaped in 1986 and never looked back. Heck, since my Mom died I don't even go back there for a short visit. New York (upstate, anyhow) used to be a great place to live. Now it is run by control freak Liberals. All they want to do is tax and exploit the peasantry and anybody else trying to still make an honest living.
I'm surprised they haven't put up barbed wire and guard towers to keep the few productive people who are left in there as tax slaves.