In the wake of the execution-style shooting of two New York Police Department officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liuby, city officials are calling for even more gun restrictions in the already draconian metropolis.
The Baltimore-native Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, who allegedly killed Ramos and Liuby did indeed have an extensive criminal record. He has over 19 previous arrests in Georgia and Ohio. The charges were often fairly petty, but he had also spent two years in prison on felonies and had a history of mental illness.
But the call from New York’s Congressional delegates to bring on even more laws to solve the problem of criminals obtaining firearms, seems to miss the broader point: it was already absolutely illegal for Brinsley to obtain a firearm. New York City has some of the absolute strictest gun laws in the country. None of that stopped Brinsley, in large part because banning things does not make them go away, it just helps politicians get elected amidst a climate of fear.
Brinsley used a Taurus handgun, which turns out to have been purchased at a pawnshop in Georgia back in 1996. But it wasn’t purchased by Brinsley. In fact, law enforcement has no idea how Brinsley obtained this weapon which was purchased when he was 9-years-old.
So clearly he did not obtain this weapon through legal avenues. Then, add to this the fact that he showed that he did not care about the fact that it was absolutely illegal to carry the already illegal weapon on the streets of New York. That alone would be a felony, as would even owning the gun at all as a felon. But Brinsley didn’t care what the laws said. Still pundits and politicians are certain that just “one more” law in New York City will stop the next attack carried out by a felon with a black market gun.
Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, said that the problem is guns, and really nothing else, during an interview on MSNBC’s The Rundown.
“They should be conducting interviews mourning those that they lost and their family, talking about how do insane people get firearms, and not criticizing but seeing how we can stop insane people from getting an opportunity to get firearms to kill anybody.”
But this was not a matter of an insane person walking into a gun store and buying a gun. This was a man who purchased an already illegal gun, presumable on the black market. How is another law going to stop that?
(Article by Jackson Marciana)