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

Posted by on Dec. 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM
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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.”

It's likely that Brinsely's gun came from outside the state, too. Though New York and Maryland require background checks on all gun sales, the black market in both is "fueled by weaker gun laws on secondary market sales in other states," says Arkadi Gerney, a gun violence expert at the Center for American Progress. In such cases, a would-be shooter can buy weapons at gun shows or from private sellers, no questions asked. Such a sale could occur in front of a police officer, out of the trunk of a car, and the officer would have no grounds to interrupt. It should be harder.

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120621/nyc-cop-killer-ismaaiyl-brinsley-shows-problem-our-gun-laws

by on Dec. 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM
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grandmab125
by Ruby Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM
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And your point is?  If a thug, a crazy person, whomever, wants a gun badly enough, they will get it any way they can.  This guy could have obtained his gun on a street corner, or mugged someone for it or stolen it while breaking into someone's home.

Background checks and stricter gun laws won't prevent things like this from happending, because people who can't pass a background check, sure as hell aren't going to try to get a gun the legal way.

What might have prevented it is if this guy had been spending about 10 years in jail......19 arrests, and he was out walking the streets.  That's where the blame should lie.

D-Town
by Silver Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM
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And just how do you propose regulating black market (aka ILLEGAL) gun sales? 

cjsbmom
by Bronze Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 5:26 PM
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Most criminals don't buy guns legally, from gun stores or private individuals, so I'm not sure more regulation would have prevented this.
Sweet_Faith
by Ruby Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 5:32 PM

He obviously got the gun illegally, maybe if he and other criminals were locked up instead of released and roaming the streets we would have less criminals on the streets obtaining illegal firearms. You would think after 19 arrests that these career criminals would be behind bars where they belong.

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