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Gun used to kill NYPD cop trafficked through ‘Iron Pipeline’

I guess more gun laws are the solution…


NY Post: The weapons assembled here flowed into the city through the same “Iron Pipeline” that supplied the Glock handgun used to kill NYPD Officer Randolph Holder, authorities said yesterday.

The weapons are among 74 firearms — including pistols, revolvers, rifles and at least one sawed-off shotgun — that a gang of traffickers allegedly smuggled up from South Carolina and peddled to undercover NYPD cops during a nearly yearlong sting operation.


Two of the illicit gun sales took place on East 102nd Street in East Harlem — the same street where last week, a drug-war gun battle erupted, leading to Holder’s murder.

The weapon that killed Holder was purchased by Roderick Hughes from a store in Columbia, SC, Lawmen’s Safety Supply, law-enforcement sources told The Post. It was reported stolen from a law-enforcement officer in Marion, SC, in 2011.

That officer is unnamed in records, but Hughes, 39, is a state trooper. Local cops were told at the time that the .40-caliber Glock was taken from a car.

Randolph Holder

Randolph Holder

A New York gun-gang bust on Tuesday netted six suspects, including a former Marine, just hours ahead of Holder’s wake and exactly a week to the day after he became the fourth NYPD cop shot dead in less than a year.

The ring’s alleged leader, Samuel “Scrappy” Barreto, had posed in a photo posted on Instagram flashing gang signs with his middle fingers extended — while standing on the hood of an NYPD cruiser.

During a news conference announcing the arrests, top cop Bill Bratton ripped Congress for not doing enough to help stem the flow of guns from the South. “We have a spigot that’s wide open down there, and we don’t have a national or local ability to shut that spigot down at the moment,” the commissioner said.

“It still amazes me, the insanity of the United States Congress, that they just don’t get it. And I don’t know why they don’t get it, other than that they basically are constantly down there with their hands out to the NRA, looking for more and more money, and it’s just insanity.”

Holder’s accused killer, Tyrone Howard, was indicted Tuesday.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said the suspects charged in the gun bust Tuesday conducted their illegal business brazenly, noting that “each of the buys took place in residential neighborhoods in broad daylight.”

The final two transactions of the undercover operation took place on East 102nd Street, with the first occurring on July 22, when Barreto arranged to meet an undercover cop, court rec­ords show.

When Barreto showed up with an unidentified accomplice, the cop allegedly handed over $1,400 in exchange for a Romarm Cugir 39mm semiautomatic rifle. Baretto was ordered held without bail during his arraignment in Manhattan. It was revealed that one co-defendant, Michael Rivera, is a former Marine.

Bill Bratton might also want to blame the justice system – the one that allowed a  judge to give this cop killer “rehab time” (despite a history of three felony sale convictions and the urging of prosecutors in the drug case) instead of jail time.


NRA more popular than Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

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Fox News: A new poll shows The National Rifle Association is more popular than the Democratic party’s two most prominent members, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

According to the Gallup Poll, 58 percent of Americans surveyed said they have a favorable view of the gun rights group, while 35 percent said they have an unfavorable view.

“In a year plagued with mass shootings, including a recent tragedy at a community college in Oregon, there has been a national debate as to whether the NRA, with its ardent support for gun rights, is somehow complicit in these shootings,” Gallup points out.

“Gallup’s survey shows that, even after shootings nationwide, Americans overall still have a favorable opinion of the NRA, as they typically have, suggesting that the public may not be specifically blaming the organization for the crimes of those who commit mass shootings.”

Compare this to recent approval ratings for the president and former secretary of state, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, and recently announced that she would support tougher gun laws once in office.

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According to a Gallup Poll between Oct.19-21, just under 50 percent approve of Obama’s job performance, while 45 percent disapprove. Meanwhile, in a NBC/Wall Street Journal survey of Americans taken Oct. 15-18, 39 percent of those surveyed had a favorable view of Clinton, compared to 48 percent with an unfavorable view.

Still, no one beats Congress for the worst ratings. According to the latest Associated Press/GFK poll taken from Oct. 15-19, only 16 percent of Americans 18 years and older approve of the legislative branch’s job performance, compared to 83 percent who disapprove.


Top California official pushes ammo background checks


Fox News: Gun control advocates are launching a new regulatory push in California to impose first-in-the-nation instant background checks for ammunition sales, a move that comes as gun violence surfaces as a lightning rod issue in the 2016 presidential race.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018, joined with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in announcing the initiative last week.  The November 2016 ballot initiative, which already is being slammed by the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups, would make changes on several fronts.

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It would require owners to turn in “large-capacity” magazines — those holding 11 rounds or more — and report when their weapons are stolen. Perhaps the most controversial provision would handle ammo sales like gun sales by requiring “point-of-sale background checks” for ammunition purchases; dealers also would need a license similar to those required to sell firearms.

As New York has backed off a similar initiative, California would be the first state to enact such background checks, if the initiative is successful. Four states — Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey — require ammunition purchasers to obtain permits ahead of time, according to the initiative’s supporters.

The proposal comes in the wake of high-profile killings nationwide and three in the San Francisco Bay Area that were tied to stolen guns.  “Stuff doesn’t just have to happen,” Newsom said last week, responding to comments by Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush about a recent mass shooting on an Oregon college campus. “We have the ability to step in with some common sense. We have the ability to protect our families.”

But the National Rifle Association said Newsom’s effort would chip away at Second Amendment rights.  The NRA has been tangling with Democratic presidential candidates in recent days after several made gun laws a rallying cry at the lead-off 2016 primary debate.

Asked at the debate which “enemy” he’s most proud of, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said: “The National Rifle Association.” Hillary Clinton also included the NRA on her enemies list. 

Aside from the ammo background checks, the California proposal also would require felons to relinquish weapons, and ensure that data is shared with the federal firearms database on residents who are prohibited from owning guns.

Gun control advocates welcomed California’s proposal, pointing to the lack of political will at the federal level. Newsom made his announcement in San Francisco near the site of a 1993 gun massacre that helped spur federal restrictions on assault weapons.

“Congress has failed to pass even the most basic laws to help keep guns out of dangerous hands and save lives,” said Kate Folmar, spokeswoman for Everytown for Gun Safety, a group founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “The states have and will continue to take action to reduce gun violence despite the gridlock in Washington.”

Polls have shown California voters are generally more supportive of restricting access to guns than voters in other states.

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Want a gun? Take a bullet: Take this, gutless NRA cowards — you can have a gun, once you understand the pain of being shot

Gun control doesn’t go far enough. If you want license to carry a weapon, you should know the pain of getting hit


Salon: As a teen I watched Chris Rock brilliantly address America’s gun problem during his Bigger and Blacker stand-up act. “We don’t need gun control,” Rock pleaded to a packed house, “We need bullet control––if bullets were $5,000, people would think before they shot some one! You gotta really piss someone off for them to dump $50,000 worth of bullets into you!” And just like the crowd, my brother, some friends and I erupted in laughter.

Rock was definitely on point and I’d even take his solution a step further. Five thousand dollar bullets would be great, but I believe that being shot should be requirement for gun ownership in America. It’s very simple. You need to have gun, can’t live without it? Then take a bullet and you will be granted the right to purchase the firearm of your choice.


If we could successfully implement this rule, I guarantee the mass shootings will stop. Watching cable news makes me physically ill. Week in and week out we are forced to learn about another coward who can’t stand to deal with the same rejection that most of us face –– so they strap themselves with guns and then spray innocent people. Heartbroken survivors and family member images go viral, as elected our officials remain clueless.

The Democrats faced off for the first time this week. Hillary Clinton led with a stat that was as staggering as it was sad, “90 people a day die due to gun violence!” followed by the rhetoric that has been tossed around for years–– tougher gun laws coupled with a stricter screening process and plans that are never clear or properly flushed out. She and Bernie Sanders traded blows on who’s tougher but still–– no solutions and the other side isn’t any better.

Wannabes like Ben Carson make matters worse with the same tired rhetoric that offers guns as a solution to everything–– even historic tragedies like the Holocaust and recommending that firearms be present in elementary-school classrooms. I know that if you want to win a Republican nomination, you must be a gun-loving, abortion-hating, god-fearing, death penalty-loving Christian; however, Carson’s responses to our nation’s gun problem along with statements from the rest of the circus that make up the Republican candidates on these mass shootings have been some of the most disrespectful and insensitive things I ever heard in my life. They represent why many in our nation are disenchanted with party politics.

I expect the disconnect from a guy like Donald Trump who has probably never met a poor person in his life, but Carson spent years in my hometown of Baltimore. The nation knows that people in Baltimore are quick to reach for their guns as our per capita murder ranks among the highest in the country every year. Carson worked at Johns Hopkins, a place that treated many victims of senseless gun violence and even tells the story of the time a dude in Popeye’s whipped out on him. If that dude would have shot him, his view on gun control would be completely different.

Bullets are extremely hot and they hurt. I saw them paralyze, cut through faces, pierce children and take life. I have friends, relatives and loved ones be gunned down. Guns break apart families and ruin lives. Other than giving a coward the heart to stand tall, what’s the positive part of gun ownership? Other than the people in rural areas who use them to hunt for food, I have only seen them destroy, both in the suburbs and in our inner cities.


Gun culture is American culture­­––it’s historic, stitched into the fabric of our country and can’t be assigned to regions or ideologies. Thomas Jefferson’s vice president Aaron Burr murdered Alexander Hamilton, the guy on your $10 bill, over political disagreements. President Andrew Jackson loved guns and was itchy to use them as a tool to settle disputes. And then there is the untimely deaths of our revolutionaries and icons.

Huey Newton was shot to death. Fred Hampton, a guy with enough power to end gang violence in Chicago was shot. Guns killed Lennon, Kennedy–– Medgar and Martin and Malcolm. 2Pac and Biggie, national treasures and pioneers of an original art form created in America both gunned down before their time with Columbine, that movie theater in Colorado, the elementary school in Connecticut, VA Teach, the military center in Chattanooga, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, Umpqua in Oregon and a laundry list of other places as the back drop. The fact is that our country isn’t responsible enough for firearms. They always end up in the wrong hands.

Gun praisers are just like the people who were in favor of slavery back in the day–– the elite, lazy and ignorant who weren’t being beaten, raped or in the field doing the work, so they were perfectly okay with involuntary servitude, which is a problem and why I think gun owners need to feel more––they need a taste of the other side.

So if you love guns, if they make you feel safe, if you hold and cuddle with them at night, then you need to be shot. You need to feel a bullet rip through your flesh, and if you survive and enjoy the feeling­­––then the right to bear arms will be all yours.

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h/t Twitchy


Obama goes beyond mere gun control, hints at confiscation

He did promise fundamental transformation.


Breitbart: When President Obama spoke in reaction to the heinous October 1 attack on Umpqua Community College, he went beyond his usual calls for more gun control and suggested instead that America consider following the path blazed by Australia and Great Britain.

In the mid-1990s Australia and Great Britain both instituted what were virtually complete bans on firearm possession.

Obama referenced the bans thus:

“We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings.  Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours.  So we know there are ways to prevent it.

And Obama is not the only one who suggested taking a gun-free approach to American life. The anti-Second Amendment message was also pushed by Slate, Vox, and Dan Savage.

For example, on October 1 Slate ran a story reminding readers that Australia enacted their gun ban in response to an attack on April 28, 1996, wherein a gunman “opened fire on tourists in a seaside resort in Port Arthur, Tasmania.” Thirty-five were killed and 23 others wounded in the attack. Twelve days later Australia’s government banned guns, period.

On October 2 Vox explained that Australia “confiscated 650,000 guns” via a “mandatory gun buyback” program which forced gun owners to hand their firearms over for destruction. Vox claims the result was that “murders and suicides plummeted’ and suggested such a path might be an option for America following “the murder of at least 10 people at Umpqua Community College.”

Vox did not mention that “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” began plummeting in America in the mid-1990s as well. But in America, the decrease in violent crime did not correlate with a gun ban but with a rapid expansion in the number of guns privately owned. The Congressional Research Service reported that the number of privately owned firearms in America went from 192 million in 1994 to 310 million privately owned firearms in 2009. Subsequently, the “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate fell from 6.6 per 100,000 in 1993 to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2000 and finally to 3.2 per 100,000 in 2011.

But none of this made any difference to Dan Savage, who responded to the attack on Umpqua Community College by calling for the Second Amendment’s repeal. Savage tweeted, “Fk the NRA, fk the gun nuts, f**k the Second Amendment — better yet, repeal the Second Amendment.

Shannon Watts, mouthpiece for Moms Demand Action, tweeted this yesterday: “The father of the gunman who killed 9 in #UCCShooting said this about his son’s actions today on @CNN. #gunsense (with the statement below).

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I have two words for these people:

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California weighs banning concealed handguns on campuses

What could possibly go wrong?


Sacramento Bee: Already praised by many gun control advocates for having the strictest firearms laws in the country, California is once again considering a move to tighten its restrictions with a ban on the concealed carry of handguns at colleges and schools.

Last year, California was the first in the nation to let families and police act to temporarily remove weapons from those considered at risk of violence. This time, it would follow dozens of other states that previously put similar prohibitions in place – and a growing number moving in the opposite direction to expand gun rights on campuses.

The concealed carry legislation, now on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, puts California in the midst of a policy debate gaining prominence as gun advocates such as the National Rifle Association, having won significant victories guaranteeing the right of ownership, turn their focus to the right to carry and the status of firearms in public spaces.

“There’s no question that the power of the NRA is at its height today,” said John Donohue, a professor at Stanford Law School who studies the effects of gun laws on public safety. “People who want guns don’t want to have restrictions that impede them going about their daily lives.”

Current California law makes it illegal to possess a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school or on a college campus without permission from administrators, but it includes exemptions for retired law enforcement and concealed carry permits.

Lois Wolk

Lois Wolk

Senate Bill 707, by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, would expand the prohibition on school and college grounds to include concealed weapons, while keeping the same rules in place for the 1,000-foot zone surrounding schools and for law enforcement. On a nearly party-line vote, with Democrats in support and Republicans opposed, lawmakers approved the measure in early September; Brown has until Oct. 11 to act.

The idea for the bill came from university and college police, who say school officials should have more control over campus safety. Concealed handgun permits, which require residents to show “good cause” that they are in immediate danger, are handed out by county sheriffs, who vary in their interpretation of the policy.

Lurking on the periphery are two federal developments that could seriously undermine California’s restrictive law: Legislation proposed in Congress would require states to recognize concealed carry permits issued anywhere, though it has not yet advanced, and a lawsuit now at the appellate level has already seen one judge strike down the “good cause” requirement as unconstitutional. “If the decision of the 9th Circuit affirms the lower court, that will open the floodgates for people to get concealed carry permits,” Donohue said.

In a statement, Wolk said SB 707 “would put California more in line with most states that already forbid concealed firearms on school or college campuses.”

“This is one of the unusual cases where California law is more lax than other states,” she said. “Most people I hear from are astonished that someone could legally carry a concealed firearm on to school grounds.”

The 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech – still one of the deadliest in history with 33 casualties, including the perpetrator, and another 17 wounded – generated intense controversy over gun policy and brought the question of campus carry to the national stage. Eight years later, it continues to echo.

In a national address Thursday, President Barack Obama decried the lack of legislative effort to prevent further mass shootings, like the one that day at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where a gunman killed nine people before dying in a shootout with police. The Oregon higher education board had previously banned guns from college campuses, but a court overturned that policy in 2011, stating that only the Legislature had the authority to regulate firearms.

California has faced recent incidents like the 2014 Isla Vista rampage that claimed the lives of six UC Santa Barbara students and their killer, and a confrontation at Sacramento City College last month that left one dead.

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Much of the fight over campus carry boils down to whether guns make us more or less safe. Advocates argue that students with firearms may be able to help prevent crimes such as mass shootings and rapes.

Shannon Grove gets it

Shannon Grove gets it

Speaking against SB 707 on the Assembly floor, Assemblywoman Shannon Grove said carrying concealed weapons could offer a “sense of protection” to young women. “If I’m walking down the street at night, my Glock puts me on even footing with anybody that would ever try to come and hurt me,” the Bakersfield Republican said. During a Senate deliberation, Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, suggested it could be “a very strong way to curtail some of the nonsense that’s going on” with campus sexual assaults.

Laura Cutilleta

Laura Cutilleta

Gun control supporters counter that throwing firearms onto a campus with young people, alcohol, mental health issues and strongly-held beliefs on controversial topics is a dangerous mix. “It’s a fairly volatile environment,” said Laura Cutilleta, senior staff attorney for the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which advocated for SB 707. “To add guns to that is just alarming.”

It’s a debate that’s not likely to be settled any time soon. At least 14 states have introduced legislation to allow guns on campus in each of the past three years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. “We think it’s a really important issue,” NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter said. “The right to personal safety doesn’t disappear the second you step on a campus.”


Gun control, Chicago style: 5 killed, 27 wounded in weekend shootings

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MyFoxChicago: Five people were killed and at least 27 others have been hurt in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.

The most recent fatal shooting happened early Sunday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. Two males were driving in the 1600 block of North Cicero about 3:50 a.m. when a light-colored vehicle pulled up alongside and someone inside fired shots, police said. One of the males was shot in his head and the other male was shot multiple times in his body, police said. Their ages were not immediately available. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, where they were pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatalities.

Early Saturday, a 17-year-old boy was shot dead in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the South Side. Richard Edwards and an 18-year-old man had left a party about 2:15 a.m. after they were “involved in an altercation,” according to police and the medical examiner’s office. As they were driving in a van in the 700 block of West 35th Street, a light-colored SUV pulled up and someone inside opened fire, police said. Edwards, of the 3900 block of South Lake Park, was shot in the armpit and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. The other man was shot in the hand and shoulder and taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition stabilized, police said.


As police investigated, a woman who said she was the teen’s mother was a half block away on Halsted, crying and pleading with officers to let her see her son’s body, which was covered by a sheet. “I just want my child,” she said. “I need to touch him. I need to hold him. I need to feel him.”

Late Friday, a 27-year-old man was discovered fatally shot in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side. Juan Ugalde was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the side of his face just before 10 p.m. in the 2300 block of South Washtenaw, authorities said. Ugalde, of the 2800 block of West 21st Street, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The weekend’s first shooting left 34-year-old Laurance Boyd dead Friday evening in the West Pullman neighborhood, authorities said. Boyd was sitting in a parked vehicle about 6 p.m. in the 1300 block of West 122nd Street when a gunman walked up and fired multiple shots, police said. The shooter then ran off eastbound.

Edwards, of the 12700 of South May in Calumet Park, was shot twice in the back and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he later died, officials said.

Early Saturday, five people were shot when gunfire erupted outside an Austin neighborhood party on the West Side. They were outside the party in the 0-100 block of North Lorel about 3 a.m. when a gunman approached from a gangway and opened fire, police said.

A 33-year-old woman was shot in the “neck or face” and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition, police said. A 37-year-old woman was shot in the buttocks and a 38-year-old woman in the hand. They were also taken to Mount Sinai, where their conditions stabilized, police said. Two men — ages 23 and 26 — were each shot in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions stabilized.

The weekend’s most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday morning in Englewood. A 38-year-old man was sitting in a vehicle in the 5700 block of South Lowe a few minutes after 5 a.m. when someone fired shots, police said.

He was shot in the left leg and someone drove him to Christ Medical Center, where his condition stabilized, police said.

At least 20 other people have been shot in separate attacks since Friday 7:45 p.m. Friday.

Pfleger, who has his head buried in the sand

Pfleger, who has his head buried in the sand

Meanwhile, instead of facing the real cause of these criminal acts, Reverend Michael Pfleger listed recent shootings in heavily gun-controlled Chicago then said the NRA “will pay pay for the murder of our children.”

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