As we noted with our recent Quote of the Day, firearms prohibition can result in perverse economic incentives. Which is apparently what kept a 500-pound Bronx gang-banger named Wobbles in bidness. “Ten gang members were charged with smuggling assault weapons from Westchester, Connecticut, and Maine and reselling them in the city, said NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The biggest bad boy busted was the group’s hefty ringleader William (Wobbles) Soler, a 33-year-old who allegedly sold 93 weapons — including .22-caliber pistols and semi-automatic rifles — to an undercover officer last year.” . . .
We’re not sure if we want to know exactly where Wobbles concealed the weapons he was spiriting into New York City.
New York AG Eric Schneiderman wasted no time in issuing a statement for the media.
“This is the way that criminals get guns that they use to murder police officers and murder other New Yorkers,” Schneiderman said at a news conference at his Manhattan office. “People who do this for a living we will pursue as aggressively as we can.”
In fact most of the ten doods apprehended after selling guns to an undercover officer were Bloods members.
So we’re guessing the importers the undercover cop was watching had rap sheets longer than Mayor DeBlasio’s list of grievances agains the NYPD. The question is then, why did the coppers allow Wobbles and his buds to bring in 93 guns? Wouldn’t, say, four or five illegal weapons have been sufficient to make an arrest stick?
Those 93 guns came from somewhere. By letting the sting go on so long, Wobbles’ “supply chain” was acquiring (read: stealing) a lot more guns from lawful gun owners than was necessary. So by letting the situation go on so long, the NYPD was, in effect, abetting crimes being committed in other jurisdictions when they could have stopped them by taking these guys off the street. But what the hell. It makes for some great press for Schneiderman and and New York’s Finest.