Tuesday, May 16, 2006

This Just In! Gun Laws Not Working All That Well

Brockton cops worry about guns on the street

Brockton police seize, on average, one gun a week in the city and field dozens of calls reporting possible gunshots monthly.

"There are a lot of guns out there," Police Chief William Conlon said. "It is very easy to get them, unfortunately."

Who knew? Why, it's almost as if the laws of supply and demand, when combined with our criminal population's flagrant disrespect for the laws of the Commonwealth, have rendered our "common sense" gun laws impotent, when it comes to disarming those not inclined to obey the law.

Again...who knew?

How guns wind up in the hands of criminals can vary, he said.

"Sometimes they trade firearms for drugs...

An illegal activity.

...sometimes they go out of state, where the state is pretty lax on the rules.

Also, an illegal activity, as well as a blatantly ignorant misrepresentation of reality on the chief's part. Seems he's been reading too many press releases coming out of the corner office in Boston City Hall.

Sometimes the guns are stolen in house breaks," Conlon said.

Yes, kids, that too is (repeat after me) an illegal activity.

Lt. John Crowley, chief of the detective division, said the suspects caught with guns often have long criminal records and are carrying weapons illegally.


If anyone today honestly believes that the phrase "most effective" in "the most effective gun laws in the nation" refers to anything other than the effectiveness at preventing and discouraging law-abiding citizens from owning and carrying firearms for lawful purposes, then I have a watertight tunnel in downtown Boston to sell them on the cheap (only $18 billion).