23 Dec 2014

The New York Cop Killer Was Arrested 19 Times. Why Was He Able to Get a Gun?

The last year when Ismaaiyl Brinsleythe man who killed two New York City cops on Saturdayshould have been able to buy or carry a gun was 2008, when he was convicted of felony shoplifting, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In 2011, he pleaded guilty to more felonies after he shot a woman's car with a stolen handgun. Over his life, he had 19 arrests in Ohio and Georgia. 
As a felon, Brinsley was barred under federal law from buying a gun. Had he undergone a background check, he would have failed it and authorities could be notified. Yet the National Rifle Association argues that bad guys will get their hands on guns regardless of the law. The lobby points to violence in states with strong gun laws as evidence of gun control's ineffectiveness.
In fact, it's weak gun laws that enable felons, domestic abusers, and the mentally ill to arm themselves. Whereas licensed gun sellers must conduct background checks, unlicensed secondary market sellers face no such requirement in more laissez-faire states. 
Police know that background checks make their jobs easierand safer. New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton and his predecessor Raymond Kelly have supported stricter regulations. Last year Bratton said the most successful focus for cutting gun violence "is going to be on the licensing and background checks. Because that's the heart of the problemwho gets access to the guns?" In a New York Daily News op-ed, Kelly pointed to the staggering number of guns used in New York City crimes that come from states with weaker gun laws.
“The most recent ATF crime gun trace data for New York City show that 2,186or 90%of 2,433 traceable guns used in crimes in the five boroughs came from out of state, up from 85% in 2009," he wrote. "This, even as the number of shootings in New York City has declined approximately 30% in both incidents and victims so far this year, and the proportion of young people carrying guns here hit an all-time low.”


  1. This is article is all bullshit sophistry.
    You want guns as ILLEGAL AS HEROIN?
    So the heroin is off the streets?
    There is more heroin than ever, but only criminals have it.

    Everyone agrees: all political power comes from the barrel of a gun.

    GUN CONTROL: Who gets the guns? Only people with the political power. be more guns than ever POINTED AT YOU, by government goons... political power = gun.
    the BIG GOVERNMENT will have BIG GUNS
    the people with no political power will have no guns

    gun control ALWAYS causes violent crime

  2. Called the black market.

  3. "gun control ALWAYS causes violent crime" ... except in civilized countries like Canada, West Europe, Scandinavia and the UK, where gun control is very strict and violent crime much less than in the US.