Flee, Bostonians! Disaster is headed your way! “The unusual public criticism by police chiefs comes after the Senate last week voted to remove a House provision giving chiefs discretion to deny firearms identification cards, required to buy shotguns and rifles, to people they deem unsuitable. They now have that discretion over licenses to carry handguns.”
“Are people really going to be any less dead if they’re killed with a rifle or a shotgun than a handgun?” railed Police Chief Terry Cunningham of Wellesley. Well, no, Chiefie — but, oops! according to the FBI’s crime statistics bureau, 323 murders were committed in 2011 with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs. The ratio hasn’t changed much. That’s 323 out of 2.5 million deaths a year.
What’s the point, Scott? That means people aren’t running around killing folks in Boston with rifles and shotguns, because 1) they’re heavy, 2) they’re not the most inconspicuous of weapons, now, are they?, which leads to 3) they’re much more likely to have a couple of trigger happy BPD officers close their eyes before they can use their violence on unsuspecting citizens. It’s not an issue. The police just want to arbitrarily decide who gets to have a gun…
Like this guy:
He looks like a fucking James Bond villain! What heinous crime did this man commit to be photographed in a courthouse in such a swanky suit? Murder? Pedophilia? Talking in a movie theater? NO — this is the Boston Police Commissioner, William Evans. This is the guy they brought in to flood the streets of Boston after the Marathon Bombing with hordes of armor-wearing thugs going house to house and violating people’s Fourth Amendment rights. Certainly he isn’t trying to take your guns away.
Have another look: the hatred of pretty much anything to do with life is written over his sepulchral face. Yet, this guy thinks the police need more power to seize guns. So only people like him have guns. Feeling safer?
“Having long guns–rifles and shotguns–especially here in the city of Boston, I think we should have, as the local authority, some say in the matter,” said the Sean Penn impersonator to Boston Public Radio (WGBH) on July 23. “For the most part, nobody in the city needs a shotgun. Nobody needs a rifle.”
Thanks, Red Skull, but I think the people get to make that decision. Part of the freedom thing…oh, you’ve not heard of it? No surprise there.
Now, Erik Blake of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association tells us they only want the police to have discretion on firearms identification cards. “It’s not about being capricious or arbitrary or taking away people’s rights…’” So rest easy, peons, and give us your guns before we send Commissioner Evans over to hide in your bushes and scare the shit out of your kids.
To give the police their due, the excuse used by these elected halfwits is pretty laughable. “A lot of members felt that since the focus of that was on long guns, which is basically what people use for recreation and sport, there were sufficient controls through the federal criteria and therefore it was not necessary” You mean the same criteria used by the federal government to approve legal handgun sales, Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg (D, Amherst)? Wouldn’t that suggest that the police discretion for handgun licenses might be equally stupid? Because we know that all those illegal guns…those people aren’t carrying because, shit! they’d be breaking the law!