FINALLY…Chicago has a solution to their “gun violence” problem . . . High-tech ATF ballistics van comes to Chicago to fight gun violence
A high-tech ballistics van from the ATF that can analyze evidence on the spot at crime scenes is now in Chicago, and it’s the only one in the country at the moment.
The van is in a testing phase right now and may only be around for the summer.
“They have been here in the city of Chicago that van for the last three weeks we have them for another month. I would hope that the ATF would keep the resources here in the city of Chicago throughout the summer in helping our police department,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
This is what happens when you combine poorly designed research with clueless writers . . . How news organizations, including this one, unintentionally misinformed the public on guns
According to Finkelhor, the actual question the researchers asked was, “At any time in (your child’s/your) life, (was your child/were you) in any place in real life where (he/she/you) could see or hear people being shot, bombs going off, or street riots?”
So the question was about much more than just shootings. But you never would have known from looking at the table.
Finkelhor said he understood why “exposure to shooting” might have misled the CDC-UT researchers even though his team provided the underlying question in the appendices. Linda Dahlberg, a CDC violence prevention researcher and co-author of the study featured in The Post and this newspaper, said her team didn’t notice anything indicating the statistic covered other things.
Patience . . . What’s happened to the pro-gun wish list in Washington?
Gun rights advocates entered the Trump era with high hopes. After years of frustration they thought a gun-friendly president and Congress would advance their agenda. At the top of the list: a gun-owner’s ability to bring a legal weapon across any state lines, a policy known as reciprocity.
But many of their favorite initiatives have stalled in Washington, set aside as the city is closely watching the investigations into President Donald Trump’s administration. Republicans are focused on other priorities, especially health care, but also keeping gun rights on the back burner may be the fact that because they are, in fact, a heavy lift.
I’m a 280-pound black guy with a bald head, a beard, and, sometimes, a gun. It’s already hard enough going through life stereotyped as a dangerous black man. Add in that I exercise my right to bear arms and that I live in a country where police officers can shoot black men with impunity, and you have a dangerous situation.
Last week, a jury cleared Yanez of three counts of manslaughter for Castile’s death. I knew he would get off as soon as I read in the paper that the jury had hit a third day of deliberation.
As much as we’d like to believe it, justice is not blind. This happens repeatedly: A black man, whether he’s armed or not, is shot by police; there’s damning footage that shows no real reason for the shooting to take place; and then a jury clears the officer. Every juror who won’t cast a verdict, every judge who won’t heed proper sentencing, and every police officer who lives behind that blue code of silence is complicit in the powder keg that this inaction creates in America.
Where there’s demand, there will alway be supply . . . Stolen Guns: “Getting Them is the Easy Part”
(Julius) Callicutt deployed some of that skill just after 3 a.m. on Oct. 10, 2011, when he cut the locks on a roll-down metal gate at Cash America, located at 3500 S. Mendenhall, and walked in without an alarm sounding. After making off with the laptops, he returned a half hour later for the guns.
“I was thinking, where are all the cops?’’ he said. “I guess they figured no one was that bold. How could I turn that down?’’
By the time police finally arrived, he’d made off with an estimated $14,000 in merchandise.
Four weeks after the burglary, police recovered the first of the Cash America guns, the 9mm McGill, the 16-year-old, was carrying at Minor Oaks Apartments the night he was shot. (His friend, Eric Woods, initially was charged with voluntary manslaughter but was later cleared of criminal culpability.)
It isn’t clear how McGill came into possession of the gun a witness saw him with — a Smith & Wesson model SW9GVE with serial number PBZ3674 etched on its underside — but Callicutt insists he didn’t sell it to the teen.
Crafty little bastards, aren’t they? . . . Gun store burglars use new tactics to enter Castle Rock shop
Gun store burglars used tow wires to bust open the front door and gate of a Castle Rock gun store early Tuesday morning, showing that thieves involved in a string of thefts in metro Denver are capable of evolving tactics.
It was a new wrinkle on an increasingly perplexing problem encountered by gun shops across the Denver metro area the past year, said Sgt. Marc Ruisi of the Castle Rock Police Department. Dozens of shops have been hit.
DCF Guns had weathered an attempted smash-and-grab attack by thieves just last week when they drove a stolen Jeep toward the entrance. The Jeep had gotten jammed between concrete balustrades built to thwart smash-and-grab thieves.
Emanations and penumbras . . . No guns at the St. Louis Zoo, judge rules
The judge said the zoo argued it fits the state law’s definition of a “gun-free zone” in that it is both an educational facility and a gated amusement park as defined by the state’s open-carry statute.
“The zoo has shown that the safety, patronage and image of the zoo will be compromised if visitors are permitted to carry firearms or other weapons on zoo property, which would significantly harm the level of visitorship, as well as the mission, the public image and autonomy of the zoo as an institution,” Moriarty wrote in her ruling.