This was a bloody weekend in New York City: 25 people were shot in that 48-hour period. No, it wasn’t any kind of mass-shooting scenario, These shootings took place all over the city with a total of six people now at room temperature. So far this year there have been 440 shootings in the Big Apple, but the New York Daily News is quick to point out that this “represents a 23% drop compared with the 574 victims shot through this time last year.” They don’t break down how many of those were shot by the police. Interestingly, the story contains no quotes from Mayor Bloomberg about how well his gun control efforts are working out. Maybe he and his MAIG mafia should leave other cities alone until they can clean up their own mess. Meanwhile in Chicago . . .
Police have caught the guy responsible for several armed robberies on the CTA Green Line train. He liked walking up to people on the train, showing them a 9mm tucked under his shirt, taking their cell phones and other items and threatening to shoot them in the foot until he had a chance to get off at the next stop. The police are asking for any unidentified victims to step forward.
You have to wonder just how long this would have gone on if Chicago had allowed concealed carry on public transit. The surveillance videos might have looked a little different if someone had shown the dipwad their own 9mm in response. I doubt he’d have waited for his next stop before he tried to get off the train.
Is the ammo shortage winding down? Judging by their analysis of Alliant Techsystems’ stock, KeyBanc Capital Markets seems to think so. The Wall Street Transcript quotes VP and Equity Research Analyst, Michael F. Ciarmoli:
First, on the military side, with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq winding down, we expect there to be less demand for ammunition in the field. We also couple that with the budget pressures hitting the Pentagon and what will likely be force structure cuts, specifically to the Army and Marine Corps. We are seeing curtailments of training. We think that’s all going to hit military ammo demand and production, and we see ammo funding potentially falling by as much as 40% to 50% over the next five years… as we start to see more normal buying practices, or just a cooling off of some of these legislative concerns, that will pressure some of their commercial ammunition revenues as well.
From your spreadsheet to God’s ears!
The RCMP is catching some flack from gun advocates over a gun amnesty program in British Columbia (that’s in Canada, for the geography-challenged out there).
For the month of June, people who have unwanted or unauthorized guns, weapons or ammunition in their home can turn it in to B.C. law enforcement agencies as long as it has not been used in a crime.
Oh, Canada! They don’t even offer to buy them back – they just expect people to walk in off the street and give them up. RCMP Insp. Brad Haugli told CTV News the program will make for safer streets, because if the gun is with the police it means it can’t be used to kill or injure someone. “Every gun turned in is one less gun that could fall into the hands of criminals.”
Well, that certainly sounds familiar.
Of course, every gun not turned in one more gun that could be used to defend against criminals. “‘In no way shape or form is this amnesty going to make the streets of Vancouver, B.C, or Canada any safer because they have taken a gun off the street,’ [Jim Bennett of the Historical Arms Collectors Society of B.C] said.”
That sounds familiar, too.
The fifth anniversary of the Heller decision is coming up. The guys who led that fight at the Cato Institute are going to have “a wide-ranging discussion of the Second Amendment, self-defense, and the right to keep and bear arms” and will stream it live tomorrow (Tuesday, June 4) at noon Eastern. The low-down on the seminar and info on viewing on line is at http://www.cato.org/events/heller-ruling-five-years