Easy access to guns is tough battleBullcrap...bullcrap...bullcrap. This story is a particularly egregious example of twisting a straight-up news story to fit the headline. Guns aren't more accessible...in fact, they're less accessible and more controlled than every before (see my 30 April Podcast for a long rant on this). Rather, criminals continue to break the law and antigun police officials continue to make stupid statements to cover up their own ineptitude.
NEW ORLEANS — When federal agents raided Elliot's Gun Shop, they hit the jackpot.
Not only was Elliot's a top source of weapons for crimes used in New Orleans, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said that the low-slung metal warehouse in Jefferson, La., had an even more dubious distinction. The store was one of the top sources of firearms recovered in crimes in the United States in 2005 and 2006.
The federal raid late last month resulted in the arrests of the owner, two employees and the seizure of numerous firearms. Beyond the arrests, however, the landmark bust strikes a reminder of the underlying forces contributing to the surge in violence here and throughout the nation: access to firearms.
More later...gotta go...