Monday, August 3, 2009

Fatal Shooting in Hawaii

The Honolulu Advertiser reports on something you don't see in the news that often: a fatal shooting in Hawaii.

Police tonight arrested a 33-year-old man as the suspect in a fatal shooting early yesterday morning outside a karaoke bar off Ke'eaumoku Street.

The suspect, identified as Phillip Deleon, 33, was arrested at 9:15 p.m. at Honolulu International Airport, where he was trying to catch a flight to the Mainland, police spokesman Maj. Clayton Kau said.

Shawn Powell, 35, of Honolulu, was fatally shot following an argument at 4:19 a.m. in the parking lot at Seoul Karaoke on Rycroft Street, near the intersection with Ke'eaumoku.

The article didn't offer that many details. Perhaps it was a run-of-the-mill argument, or it could have been drug related. I was interested in the idea that the shooter must have gotten rid of the gun before going to the airport for the flight to the mainland, a flight he never made thanks to the police. I wondered if he'd come over to the Islands recently and had picked up the gun there. What do you think?

The first commenter made me laugh, although maybe there's something to it. At first glance it struck me as international hysteria.

It would appear that Mexican drug ties are now in Hawaii, entrenched, and building a large presence here.

I'll bet we start seeing how 90% of the Hawaiian guns are coming from Mexico, the ones of which some people still say 90% come from the States. How much is 90 times 90?

What's your opinion? Do you think there could be something to the Mexican gangs infiltrating Hawaii?

Please leave a comment.


  1. mikeb,

    You forgot the most interesting parts. All "legal" guns in Hawaii are registered. You need a permit to (that you have to wait at least 14 days for) to get (purchase, receive as gift, inherit) any type of firearm. What's more, Hawaii is an island (sort of like England and Jamaica). They have no border to protect. Everything comes in on plane or boat (which are supposedly inspected). And yet, there are still illegal guns there. Hawaii is just a shining example of how gun control laws do not work, because the criminals ignore them.

  2. Impossible, it's illegal to carry guns in Hawaii. No CCW and no open carry allowed.

    Just more proof that gun control doesn't work.

  3. Mike, W., I don't know if this proves gun control doesn't work. I know you like to say that, but how often do we hear about shootings in Hawaii. You're a big stats man, I don't need to tell you.

  4. Hawaii violent crime rate per 2007 FBI UCR 272.8 which is quite low. Hawaii has strict gun control.

    Idaho had an even lower violent crime rate of 239.7 in 2007, despite very lax gun control compared to Hawaii, including shall-issue CCW.

    California (#1 Brady Ranked Gun Control mecca) had a violent crime rate of 522.6.

    Arizona, with very lax gun laws, had a violent crime rate nearing California's, coming in at 482.7

    It's not the guns, and the facts back that up mike

  5. Sorry here's the link to that FBI data

  6. Mike W. says what many people say, "It's not the guns, and the facts back that up mike."

    I suppose this is the old "guns don't kill people, people kill people."

    Nobody ever said that guns make the people violent. Only the pro-gun people say that when they misquote us. Nobody says it's only the guns, either.

    The idea is that violent people do more damage when they have guns. There are ways to lessen that availability.

  7. Not going to respond to the facts I posted huh Mike?