Takes the record for clueless story
It really does. We're told two men were arrested for illegally, possessing a "cop killer" gun (that 5.7 mm), then that Schumer is *trying* to have it outlawed, and finally "Between 1994 and 2003, 425 police officers were killed nationwide with a "cop killer" gun."
By gosh, we oughta find that gun and throw it in the ocean!
I think 425 is the total cops killed number pushed by the VPC. Of course, the FN pistol has only been out for a year or two.
Posted by: SayUncle at July 22, 2006 11:12 AM
By definition all cops killed by firearm are killed with cop killer guns.
Posted by: Marc at July 22, 2006 03:37 PM
The article states that "Brown said that of the 616 police officers killed in the line of duty nationwide between 1994 and 2003, 425 were killed with THIS handgun." Either this is a case of poor writing skills, likely, or that one handgun has been very busy.
Posted by: Michael at July 22, 2006 03:51 PM
There have been about 30 cops killed on duty over the past ten years in NYC, 2 a year plus about 10 at the WTC in 2001.
Growing up in NYC, I remember what a huge deal everyone makes whenever a cop gets shot on the job. You would think the pope was coming to town with all the parades. Definitely not a 60 per year type of deal.
Posted by: beerslurpy at July 22, 2006 04:34 PM
The DA appears to have been using the 2003 FBI report (rather than the current 2004) as the basis for his press release on which the article draws heavily. There were 616 officers killed in the line of duty during the period cited, 425 of whom were killed with any sort of handgun. The expression "plausible deniability" comes to mind.
Posted by: K at July 22, 2006 06:40 PM
I wrote the reporter a nice email, congratulating him on his investigative and writing skills. I also gave him a thumbs-up for becoming the new laughing boy of all of the pro-gun websites and gave him the link for the FBI UCR. This buffoon needs all the help he can get.
Posted by: AtackDuck at July 22, 2006 09:13 PM
I don't get it. What were the suspects arrested for in the first place? Possession of an unregistered gun?
Posted by: James R. Rummel at July 22, 2006 11:52 PM
Are you sure even that that many cops were killed? For all the big deal cops make of how dangerous their jobs are the last time I looked the Dept. of Labor ranked police officers 30th in job related deaths. Most construction jobs are more dangerous.
Posted by: Dave at July 25, 2006 10:59 AM
Forgive my ignorance, but how can two people be charges with posession of one firearm?
Posted by: Anon at July 27, 2006 03:38 PM