Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Guns and Illegal Drugs

It's taught in a Policing 101 class - "Where you find illegal drugs, you find guns."
And the guns you find are not from legal sources. Quite the contrary. They are stolen guns bought on the black market. Or guns from "straw purchasers" who are legal but then sell their legally purchased guns to drug dealers and convicted felons on the street.
And it makes sense from the drug dealer's perspective. He/She is dealing with desperate people who are addicted to drugs. And they are in competition with other drug dealers for supply and clients. If someone tries to "rip them off" they need a means to protect their illegal operation. And that is those illegal guns!
After all, they can't call the police for protection or to report a robbery.
Recently the Federal government has announced that they are going to release thousands of what they call "non-violent" drug offenders from Federal prisons. How naive do you have to be to do that? Where are those generally unskilled, uneducated prisoners going to go? They are going back to their old neighborhoods, to their old cronies who were in the same industry, and go back to their old ways of dealing drugs. Make no mistake, these are not wayward college students who got caught with a joint of marijuana. These are often hardened criminals and gang members who were caught with lots of drugs! And now, from their time in prison, they have made even better "contacts" in the crime world.
And the illegal guns and violence will follow. From my more than 40 years in the law enforcement profession, I can guarantee that most of those "non-violent" drug offenders will be back in the prison system in very short order. For the Federal government to release them back into society today is a huge mistake and will result in serious problems in both our inner cities and our suburbs as they spread their drug culture until they get caught and sentenced once again.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

An Example of Not Enforcing Existing Gun Control Laws

When this crossed our computer we thought, "This has got be biased and exaggerated". So we checked it out and found an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper verifying it. We reprinted it below. And you wonder why there is a gun problem in this country? It's because when our existing laws are violated, we don't do anything about it! 

Judge repeats gun rights slogan during sentencing for illegal buys

In giving probation with no jail time to a Milwaukee man charged with 55 counts of buying firearms with fake identification and dealing them without a license, a federal judge delivered a message:
"People kill people," U.S. District Rudolph Randa said, echoing a common gun rights slogan. "Guns don't kill people."
Dontray Mills, 24, purchased a total of 27 firearms, mostly handguns, between December 2012 and April 2014 and pleaded guilty to one of the charges on April 22, 2014, after an ATF investigation. As a result of the conviction, Mills will never again be able to buy firearms legally.
On Wednesday, he was sentenced. As part of the plea bargain, prosecutors agreed with the one year of probation.
Randa said he recognized the seriousness of the offense and acknowledged the problem of guns winding up in the hands of people who use them to commit violence.
But Mills, Randa said, did not come across as a typical defendant because of his good behavior since the charges and his life ambitions, which include becoming a rap musician. While on bail, Mills twice traveled to Los Angeles to work on a film and to pursue his musical aspirations.
Randa said he had seen plenty of people facing similar charges who bought firearms for friends and then took no responsibility for their actions. Mills, he said, has accepted responsibility.
Mills purchased the firearms, usually at a Gander Mountain or Mills Fleet Farm store, with an identification that had an address that was different from his own. He tearfully told the court Wednesday he was "unaware of how serious" his offense was.
On April 11, 2014, Mills was at a Mills Fleet Farm in Germantown and filled out ATF Form 4473 to purchase a gun from the store, which he could pick up two days later. Shortly after he went to West Bend and purchased a firearm there, too.
On that same day, law enforcement officers, who had received a tip about Mills' activities about a week earlier, went to the address he had been using to purchase the firearms in the 6100 block of N. 35th St in Milwaukee and interviewed a resident of the house.
Mills had listed the address in his purchases, but the resident said nobody had permission to use her address and nobody was renting a room. The family — which included a man, woman and two minor children — had no idea their address had been used by someone else to register to buy guns.
Mills was taken into custody and released on bail. While on bail, he traveled to California to work on a film and to pursue his aspirations of becoming a rap artist.