Six kilos of cocaine, guns seized in Lynn bust
A man and woman from Randolph will be arraigned today in Quincy District Court, accused of stockpiling a cache of firearms and a half-million dollars worth of cocaine.Now, what's this "cache" of firearms, you ask? Excellent question. According to the breathless MA "news", it is:
Jose R. Santana, 41, and Jessica Ramirez, 37, were busted Friday while driving through Lynn following a four-month investigation, Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey announced last night.
...a .45 caliber pistol, a 9mm handgun, a .22 caliber rifle with large capacity clip, sights and silencerOkay, first off, I'll bet dollars to donuts it's a fake suppressor; probably one of the slip-on jobs that come with guns like the KRISS or the .22 version of the MP5. Secondly, seriously? Two handguns and a .22 rifle is a cache? I *routinely* bring more than that to the range with me. Third, here's the real game: Assuming that the perpetrators are not illegal aliens (in which case Deval Patrick will insist that they be released so they don't get deported), which will get them more jail time, the drugs or the guns?
Now, I'll bet anything that the guns are stolen - any takers on whether or not the real owners ever get them back if this is the case? It's interesting to see that the guns garner as much attention - and charges - as six kilograms of cocaine. In the vast majority of states, the guns would be a non-issue (assuming they were not in the hands of felons, of course) - MA is one of the very few states that requires a permit simply to own a firearm. Cocaine, last time I looked, was illegal in all 50 states.
Yet they still got a whole lot of cocaine (or, if you will, a weekend's worth for Charlie Sheen). Those that would ban all guns would have you believe that passing a law banning all firearms would mean that all guns would disappear forever - because guns! Even in the Volksrepublik of Massachusetts, where you need a permit to simply own a firearm, a drug dealer managed to get not one, not two, but three firearms - yet just one more law would have stopped that from happening. They managed to get their hands on enough Bolivian nose candy to fuel Beacon Hill for a month, yet more laws are needed for guns...
It's a lot easier to demonize firearms than to, you know, address problems, isn't it?
That is all.