Scam, kidnap by South African police

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Scam, kidnap by South African police

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Field day on young Black males. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p0715

You can jump up and down and turn blue explaining that shooting a young boy through the heart is not racist. I am a trained scientist, I believe data. The leading cause of death in Black males aged 15 to 24 is, and has been for years, homicide. Rules for countries, click here.

The not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman was unjust. NY District Leader, daughter of Haiti Rodneyse Bichotte click here
Statement by the President of the United States of America click here
One gun death is too many click here
Above, children leaving school on a spring day in New York City, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.
Children with guns. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2014 v8n1 p0401

This first week in spring has brought crocuses blooming purple in my garden, and a picture of a tall 14yo in chains because he got scared on a B15 bus, pulled out a gun and fired. Of course he missed his target, but the bullet went straight to where it was aimed, into the brain and hopes and dreams of a son of the Dominican Republic, a young father.

More than once I have ridden the B15 bus to and from adventures that started at JFK airport. The bus passes through Bedford Stuyvesant, and on this night, the bus driver slammed the doors closed and drove it one block to the Bed Stuy Vollies for emergency response. But not even the health professionals at Bed Stuy Vollies could stop the young father's soul from leaving his body. That day will be remembered in 50 years by his children, and in 100 years his relatives will still mourn him. As I continue to mourn my relatives killed in the shooting galleries that were the First World War.

The 14yo was rapidly arrested and charged with murder, and I read today in the New York Times that his father said that the 14yo did not mean to kill anyone, he was just protecting himself. The father did not seem upset that the 14yo had a gun. Did he give his son the gun? Did the 14yo get the gun from his mother? How does a 14yo get a gun?

In what parallel universe does a 14yo carry a gun to protect himself? In Iraq? In Congo? During the American Civil War? Has a war been declared in Brooklyn? Has it?

This tragedy highlights the pathology of gun culture. My own opinion is absolutely no-one should have a gun, unless the community to which the gun-owner belongs agrees.

I don't like guns, I am afraid of guns, I don't want anyone around me to have a gun: and yet, and yet...

My German mother-in-law Ruth told me that during Krystallnacht, her brother stood at the front of the house with a gun, and that family of a Jewish businessman was left alone. When my father-in-law died in 1990 in Germany, he left behind a handful of guns. My father-in-law was not going to let the Nazi terror repeat itself and take his family. And I remember that if sons and daughters of Africa had guns, the kidnapping and transportation and genocide and forced labor of the survivors could never have happened.

My wish is that guns be taken away from police, from soldiers. But until they are, citizens should be allowed to keep them, with agreement from their own community. If the community thinks giving a 14yo a gun is ok, the whole community should be held responsible and arrested for manslaughter when the 14yo plays with the gun as if it is a water pistol.

In the 21st century we can surely fight battles and keep order without helping climate change decimate our species. My wish is also that any child under 18 found with a gun be taken away from the parents and the parents charged with child endangerment, child abuse and manslaughter. Because only an abusive parent condones gun possession and considers death by gunshot an unfortunate accident.
"I was immediately skeptical when I first learned that a jury of five white women and one Hispanic woman were the arbiters in Trayvon Martin case......" commentary by son of Guyana, Brooklyn-based journalist Mr Lin-Jay
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So you thought that Black Boys in America had been removed from the endangered species list? Not so fast, my friend, come to Brooklyn be your own witness. Richard A King Esq. MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p0715 click here
Guns in New York City. Mayor of New York City. MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p0731


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Criminal Justice Coordinator Criminal Justice Coordinator and Mayor’s Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt today released the most recent available crime gun trace data, which shows the percentage of out-of-state guns used in crimes in New York City has increased from 85 percent in 2009 to 90 percent in 2011. Moreover, the data – from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – reveals that the increase in proportion of out-state guns used to commit crimes occurs even as the total number of guns recovered in the city has decreased by more than 44 percent. Despite the ongoing drop in violence in the five boroughs with homicides and shootings at all-time recorded lows, the data demonstrate the impact of weak gun laws at the Federal and State levels on the safety of New Yorkers, and the need to prevent thousands of illegal guns from being transported across state lines. The Mayor made the announcement in the Blue Room at City Hall today. 

“Our top priority is keeping New Yorkers safe and that includes reducing the flow of illegal guns into our city,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Now 90 percent of guns used in crimes here came from out-of-state and that means – in addition to our tough enforcement efforts inside the five boroughs – we have to pay attention to gun laws outside of the city. The reality is laws in states across the nation and in Washington, D.C. have a real impact on the safety of New Yorkers.”

“We continue to do all we can to keep New Yorkers safe,” said Police Commissioner Kelly. “Yet there’s no shortage of weapons flowing north from the south through the iron pipeline. The near-30 percent reduction in murders year-to-date from last year’s record low is evidence that we are doing something right. But we could do even better if Congress helped with meaningful gun control.”

“A higher percentage of the guns used in crimes in New York City are coming from out-of-state,” said Criminal Justice Coordinator Feinblatt. “Sane background check laws and other common sense measures in other states and D.C. will help keep illegal guns out of the hands of convicted criminals. That is why mayors throughout the country are working together to strengthen laws that will keep illegal guns out of their cities and towns and off our streets.”

Fewer Guns, but Higher Percentage from Outside New York

The 2011 crime gun trace data for New York City shows that 2,186 – or 90 percent – of 2,433 traceable guns used in crimes in the five boroughs were from out-of-state. In 2010, 86 percent of the 2,319 traceable crime guns were from outside New York State. In 2009, there were 2,290 out-of-state crime guns from the 2,685 traceable guns recovered (85 percent).

The total number of guns recovered from crime scenes in New York City has dropped 44 percent – from 7,059 to 3,980 – between 2006 and 2011. At the same time, the number of guns originating in-state has decreased 48 percent – from 471 to 247. However, the number of out-of-state crime guns has fallen at a slower pace – 22 percent – leading to an increase in the proportion of out-of-state guns used to commit crimes in the city.

Top States from which Illegal Guns Flow to New York City


Fewer Teens Carrying Guns and Fewer Suicides with Guns

In 2011 – the last year from which U.S. Centers for Disease Control data is available – the proportion of teenagers carrying guns in New York City hit an all-time low of 2.3 percent, which is the lowest of any big city in the nation. While the nation saw a decrease in the number of teens carrying a handgun by 11 percent, the percent of teens in the five boroughs carrying a handgun fell by 36 percent when compared to 2001. As a result, teenagers in New York City are now half as likely to carry a handgun as their counterparts in the rest of the United States.

Need for Common-Sense Gun Laws

Under current Federal law, only licensed gun dealers are required to conduct criminal background checks on firearm purchasers. According to the most recent national survey, as many as 40 percent of gun transfers in the United States do not go through a licensed dealer. This accounts for more than six million guns sold every year without a background check, and this dangerous loophole makes it easy for guns to fall into the wrong hands.

In addition, states like Virginia – the top state from which illegal guns flow into New York City – do not require background checks for private gun sales, despite the fact that these checks are the most effective way to prevent felons and the mentally-ill from obtaining firearms. Since the National Instant Criminal Background Check System was established in 1998, it has blocked more than two million attempted purchases by people prohibited by law from buying or possessing guns.