Teen Arrested in Shooting of Bronx Boy, 4
A teenager was charged with murder in Sunday’s shootout at a memorial basketball tournament that claimed the life of a 4-year-old Bronx boy.
Police charged Rondell Pinkerton, 17 years old, of the Bronx, with murder and criminal possession of a weapon Wednesday for the fatal shooting of Lloyd Morgan, the child killed when a stray bullet struck him in the head while he was on a playground next to a basketball court in the Forest Houses.
Okay, let's review the score, shall we? 17 years old - he is too young to possess a handgun in any state, let alone carry one. He definitely does not have a permit to carry in NYC. And he opened fire with a full capacity magazine, which I am fairly certain is also illegal in NYC.
So what does Hizzoner have to say?
The shooting outraged the neighborhood and Mayor Bloomberg, who said it pointed to the need for tougher gun laws. “Four years old, life snuffed out. There’s not a lot else to say,” he said. “We all know about the scourge of guns on our streets, and we have to get them off.”
Yep. Let's pass another law for the gangbangers to ignore! Let's make firing a gun into a crowd double-plus illegal! That'll learn 'em! Yeah, if it wasn't for the NRA and all those knuckle-dragging bitter clingers, we would have "common sense gun control laws" like, oh, not allowing teenagers with violent pasts to possess firearms.
All the laws in the world won't stop this. This isn't the kind of thing that can be stopped with words on paper. It is stopped with a combination of education and incarceration - put these punks away for long, hard time, and make sure the next generation knows that a long stint in a cold prison cell is what awaits them if they make the same mistake.
And it's the absolute height of irony - and arrogance - that even in his own personal fiefdom he can't keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them. Even in New York State, one of the last holdouts of "May Issue" gun permits and Assault Weapons bans; even in NYC where a permit is required simply to own a handgun; even there he can't keep a gangbanger teenager from getting a handgun and shooting into a crowd indiscriminately. All the laws in New York were meaningless.
And yet Mayor Bloomberg thinks that more laws are the answer - ask yourself why that is.
That is all.
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