Wednesday, February 22, 2006

A Week and a Half

I have a question for Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole, who has repeatedly voiced her opinion that Massachusetts needs to tighten its regulations on gun ownership.

How on earth will additional restrictions on the rights of law-abiding gun owners have any impact on the gun-related violence taking place in our city - all at the hands of individuals not legally permitted to own firearms - when some 16-year-old gangbanger wannabe, with a criminal record can get busted for illegal gun possession and end up doing only 11 days in the can?

The 16-year-old Roxbury boy paralyzed for life after being shot Saturday night may have been targeted by gangbangers, the boy'’s aunt said yesterday.

"This escalated from when he was locked up in DYS and had an altercation with some gang members," said Dominic Hill'’s aunt, Carol, who requested that her last name not be used.

Hill had three short stays with the Department of Youth Services, according to agency spokesman Edward Dolan. The teen spent 16 days in custody in July 2003 on an armed robbery charge, 12 days in January 2005 for an undisclosed reason and 11 days in September on a gun possession charge.


If this is in any way reflective of Mayor Menino's latest "getting tough on crime - and this time we mean it" campaign, we're fucked.

Thanks to some "compassionate" (read: progressive) judge wasting valuable bench space in the Massachusetts judiciary, this punk wasn't in prison where he belongs, and was subsequently shot on the streets of Boston, and paralyzed for life, by some of his useless dirtbag friends. Hell, I'd say six months would have been too lenient a sentence, but at least he'd have walked out of prison at the end of it.

Yet, according to our "leaders" like O'Toole here , what we really need are more laws. FTCTM.