While the shooting of two NYPD police officers has understandably sparked national outrage, perhaps a little bit of that anger should be focused in a more productive direction: namely, how a man with a long, storied criminal past was able to get his hands on a gun. We’re starting to get some answers:
It was at Arrowhead Pawn Shop, a sprawling store tucked into a shopping center along a busy commercial corridor in this city of 4,700 people just south of Atlanta, that the gun was last purchased in a legally traceable transaction in 1996, according to a police official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation.
An Asian man purchased the gun, according to the official, but that buyer told investigators this week that he gave the weapon to a cousin. Federal investigators are now trying to determine what happened to the gun after that.
As recently as 2010, Arrowhead was the leading out-of-state source of guns recovered in crimes by the New York Police Department, according to an article in The Daily News. Georgia is also part of the “Iron Pipeline,” a chain of Southern states with looser gun laws that is responsible for sending a steady stream of firearms into New York and other Northern cities, where there are many more restrictions on who can purchase a gun.
As long as we continue to treat guns like used bicycles, these agents of death are going to end up in the wrong hands. And the NRA will continue to tell us that the only way we can stop this is … more guns. Fantasy, meet reality: dead cops.
Slow clap for the “guns make us safer” crowd who have enabled the flow of guns to criminals. And now they’re pointing the finger at people protesting the deaths of their kids who have been targeted because of the color of their skin? Well, that seems about right. The old Confederate states are still fighting their lost cause. Some things never change.