Monday, February 4, 2013

So, Jay, Have You Stopped Beating That Dead Horse?

No. No I haven't. And I don't intend to - not at long as the statist @$$holes want to take away my constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms while stories like this abound, as sent in by my brother-from-another-mother Zercool sent in:

Off-duty New York 9-1-1 Operator Helps Nab Armed Teen
An off-duty 9-1-1 operator helped police capture a pistol-packing teen on a crowded Staten Island city bus by cleverly ­texting a co-worker to report the armed gunman, cops said.
Coryse Hercules, 28, was riding the S40 bus through St. George around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday when Raysean Alston, 18, pulled a gun out of his pants and stuffed it inside his backpack, cops said.
As Zercool put it in his e-mail to me:
Let's hit the high points, shall we?
- 18y/o
- defaced serial
- second gun stolen
- flashing it on a public bus

Too young for a permit. In a city that does not issue them to anyone not rich, famous, and well connected. With a stolen firearm. With a defaced serial number. On public transportation (I don't know if that's a no-no in NY; I know it's a no-no in many other states, as the many signs on the metro in both MD and NC will attest). At least he only had one high capacity murder machine; there's no information on the second weapon on whether he loaded the NY-prescribed 7 rounds or if he had the ZOMG ILLEGALLER 8th through 10th in there. Or even 15, since he didn't seem to give much thought to the dozen or so gun laws he was already breaking.

This is the central point, folks. Those that want "reasonable" gun control laws added have absolutely no comment on these stories, and why is that? Well, those of us who live in Planet Earth know it's because they have to realize that new gun laws won't make a lick of difference to the real problem, which is people who shouldn't have guns getting guns. Criminals don't obey the laws - and as the continued lawlessness in Chicago, Detroit, and as we see here even Bloomberg's own NYC shows, laws do not stop them. Add up the laws this 18 year old thug broke. He's got enough to put him away for a LONG time - yet that doesn't phase him one bit. Ask yourself why that is.

Even the more draconian laws regarding reporting stolen firearms are a farce - I won't name names, because I don't know if the story is public or not, but I know of someone who had a firearm stolen from them, in Massachusetts, before Thanksgiving. This person went to their local PD; they had an idea who took the gun (and several people who overheard the perp in question brag about a potential theft), and this person was told that the PD would look into it "after the holidays". Think about that for a second. In Massachusetts - where we are legally bound to report the loss or theft of a firearm - the police department can't be bothered to look into a theft of a gun where the perp is suspected for at least two months.

Yeah. They really care about keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. And giant purple aliens from Planet Weembo will mow my lawn for free. You want to keep guns out of the hands of criminals? Enforce the damn existing laws. Charge that 18 year old with several Federal felonies, like defacing the serial number and interstate transport of stolen firearms. I'm guessing you could rack up 20+ years just on what was in his backpack. Do that for a couple thousand of these punks who think nothing of breaking the laws. Start tossing them in jail and keeping them there and see what effect that has on crime. Here's a free tip: Crime goes down.

Until you start doing that, don't you dare ask me why I need a gorram thing.

That is all.


ZerCool said...

Just made a VERY quick skim of NY PL265 and came up with these at a minimum:
- one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree - for the defaced serial number. D Felony.
- two counts of Criminal Possession of a Firearm - possessing a firearm without a permit. E Felony.
- two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree - for possessing two loaded firearms. C Felony.

And that's without touching his age, NYC criminal code, or his previous arrests.

ZerCool said...

And out of curiosity, I looked up sentencing guidelines.

*Minimum* sentencing guideline on the above charges for someone with no prior arrests is 12 years. With a non-violent history it goes to 17, and violent history it's 25. Of course, that'd be consecutive, and we can't do that...


Anonymous said...

He will be out by the time he turns 21.