Everyone knows at this point that Massachusetts’ gun laws are some of the strictest in the country, so that makes it that much more surprising to find out that almost half of the illegal guns seized and traced last year in Boston came back to Massachusetts as their point of origin. 509 handguns (not pictured) were seized in 2013 in Boston, some used in homicides or other crimes, and some simply possessed illegaly. 326 of those were traced to their original point of retail sale, and 46% of that number were originally purchased legally in Massachusetts. Even more interesting, despite the strengthening of MA’s already strict gun laws over the last 18 months, that 46% number is much higher than back in 2005 & 2006 when gun laws were weaker . . .
and only 26% of crime guns came from MA. Back when the gun laws were less strict in ’05-’06, 41% of guns came from New Hampshire, Maine, and Southern states. In 2013, with the ink barely dry on the new, stronger gun laws, that number fell to 36.5%, meaning more came from inside MA. Curious, that.
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes again from my hometown, Fort Pierce, Florida. It’s from a couple weeks ago, but notable for its “What?” factor. John Carroll High School was placed on lockdown for about a half hour “as a safety precaution.” You see, a local sheriff’s deputy was conducting a traffic stop “a few blocks from the school” when the driver fled on foot. Officials set up a search perimeter to look for him, and because the school was near (not inside, but near) the search perimeter, it was placed on “code yellow” lockdown. Everyone hunkered down in locked classrooms for about 35 minutes, because a guy ran from a traffic stop. He probably had a little weed in his pocket, or something equally harmless, but let’s freak out an entire high school campus. Good plan.
Gun control groups in Australia are pulling out all the stops in launching a new campaign against widespread gun ownership in the state of New South Wales, as today marks the 18th anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre, which led to the widespread prohibition and confiscation of firearms across the country. Gun Control Australia, a gun control group, obtained gun ownership figures for NSW that showed there are 700,894 firearms registered to private owners, nearly one for every ten people. And while the paper refers to “arsenals of high-powered rifles,” in truth more than half of that number — 416,726 — are “Category A” weapons, which include air rifles, rimfire rifles, and some shotguns. Still, private gun ownership is on the rise in Australia, much to the chagrin of the anti-gun groups. It’s interesting to see that they use the exact same language that the civilian disarmament movement uses here, viz. “…the gun lobby is so powerful. This is despite the fact that the majority of Australians want sensible gun laws.”
How tactically do you brush your teeth? Can you beat this guy? [h/t ENDO]
Yes, it’s an airsoft gun. Don’t try this at home, kids.