Saturday, April 24, 2010

Weapon Sharing in New York

The New York Daily News reports on the new trend in New York crime: weapon sharing. Thank to FishyJay for the link.

Crackdowns on gun-running are forcing bad guys to share weapons with each other rather than head out of state to restock their illicit arsenals, authorities said Thursday.

Investigators say they notice criminals are increasingly handing guns around rather than using them once and tossing them out.

In one example, a .380 caliber gun recovered in a probe of a rare Bloods-Crips alliance was connected to four different shooters.

"Some of the [crews] didn't have a lot of guns, but they would just share a gun," Deputy Chief Robert Boyce, head of the NYPD's Gang Division, said after the bust. "They'd pass that gun around."

FishyJay parsed the article like this:

"running weapons from other states could lead to heavy federal prison sentences"


"the NYPD's stop-and-frisk initiative"

Surprise! The NYPD is claiming results from their crackdowns on gun-running and give two specifics...

...and I don't object to either!
Do you agree? Are both of those claims OK? Of course, pointing out how their own policies are working so well must be taken with a grain of salt, but it makes sense to me. The increased emphasis in the courts on gun smuggling leading to stiffer sentences would have this exact result. And the frisking policy, although open to terrible abuse on the part of the police, would work like this too. Combined, lives are being saved.

What's missing here is the cooperation of gun owners at large, those guys who oppose any and all regulations on gun rights. All the efforts of police and legislators will have limited results as long as that continues.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

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