Assault on Criminals, Not Assault Weapons
The news article started out:
Irvington police launch new anti-crime effort
The tip came in on a Monday: A gun was stashed in a house on 21st Street in Irvington.
The next day, police got a search warrant and confiscated a loaded, military-style assault rifle illegally modified for automatic fire.
“That’s a big .223 round that will go through you and everybody else lined up,” Sgt. Peter Burgess told officers during a recent roll call at Irvington police headquarters.
Since the New Jersey Real-Time News (New Jersey has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation) had this story, I expected this to be heavily anti-gun and a supporting article for more restrictive gun laws.
This story was just ripe for picking up the megaphone and yelling about assault rifles.
Surprise, surprise, surprise!
New Jersey, being a liberal state, is loaded with crime experts that will testify all day and night ad infinitum that the guns are killing people. I personally have never seen a gun kill someone all on its own, but I would venture to bet that no one else has, despite the rhetoric to the contrary.
Irvington Police Director Joe Santiago, known for being a Dirty Harry type of straight-shooting policeman, and statewide director of anti-gang and gun initiatives Jose Cordero have taken the crime bull by the ba…, er, horns and decided to try something new: they are actually going after the criminals! Imagine that – a director of gun initiatives in a liberal state going after the people who are pulling the triggers.
I wish them much success!
My hat is also tipped to Chris Megerian of The Star-Ledger for the good reporting.