Skip to comments.The Problem of Illegal Guns [Ba-da-Barf]
Posted on 01/15/2006 5:43:38 AM PST by Pharmboy
Although homicides reported in New York City last year reached their lowest level since 1963, two killings of police officers late in the year raised public awareness of the problem of illegal guns on the citys streets. In his inaugural address on Jan. 1, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg declared that a major goal of his second term would be to rid our streets of guns, and punish all those who possess and traffic in these instruments of death.
Although the total flow of guns into the city is hard to quantify, Police Department statistics show that a majority of illegal guns recovered in the city had last been sold outside New York State.
While the number of illegal guns recovered in the city has declined over the past four years, the number of shootings is little changed. There is also a strong correlation between where shootings occur and where guns are recovered.
Measuring success in taking guns off the street is more straightforward than measuring success in education, which was a main focus of Mr. Bloombergs first term. Over the next four years, the number of guns recovered and the number of shootings will establish clearly whether Mr. Bloomberg has succeeded.
William K. Rashbaum and Al Baker contributed reporting for the charts. Sources for charts: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; New York City Police Department.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
How many people reading this this morning will follow the Slimes logic and conclude that "illegal" guns just aren't illegal enough?
The real crime here is where they try to tie the guns to other states by using the "where the guns were last sold" line.
A firearm purchaser in Pennsylvania goes through the same background check as a firearms purchaser in California. If the buyer comes up clean, the sale goes through.
If that firearm is stolen in a robbery and then sold on the streets of NY (or used in a crime), that is not Pennsylvania's fault.
But liberals doe not care about facts....its all about feel good legislation that increases their power over the people.
Wait... on 2nd thought.......
Building the case for a national ban.
Kinda like lets make murder double dare you illegal.
Nothing liberals do, say or propose makes any sense anymore. I think they like it that way.
More important is the problem of criminals on the city's sidewalks.
Einstein Award candidate.
They need to make murder illegal. THEN, we'll have that socialist utopia.
They are not illegal guns...they are migrant guns!
Excactly. Maybe they'll have Spitzer sue the other state or something.
But that is this year's push - we have suddenly heard the same thing from New York, Boston and even Toronto, places where crime continues to be high despite gun restrictions - "the problem is guns that come from other place."
This is a coordinated effort by the gun grabbers.
LOL. Since the ignorant keep trying to personify guns, lets grant them all the freedoms extended by the Bill of Rights.
A full auto AR-15 is an illegal weapon, a Baretta 9mm semi-auto is not. But the guy holding it is committing an illegal act. Only when the Dems start putting the blame where it belongs, on the criminals, will they ever figure it out.
Guns don't kill people. People kill people.
God bless our troops wherever they may be.
My goodness - charts, graphs, statistics, maps; everything but the kitchen sink... all calculated deliberately to avoid arriving at the starkly obvious conclusion that firearms are already (all but) illegal, and thus criminals have them and the law-abiding do not - so that the latter cannot defend themselves either against robbery or assault.
Kinda reminds one of the Village Idiot who exerted himself mightily, twisting and thrashing with all his strength, to stand on his head in the town square and whistle "Yankee Doodle" out his butt in order to "prove" that human beings don't speak with their mouths, tongues, and vocal cords.
If Bloomberg would make firearms readily available to the law-abiding, his "gun problem" would go away in a matter of months - but it seems he'd rather stand on his head in the town square. Well, perhaps it's more fun than rational behavior, after all; he certainly gets more attention that way than he would by thinking clearly and acting responsibly.
when are other states going to sue ny city for the loss of all these guns being stolen for the sole purpose of being used for a crime in ny...
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.