Now this is how to spin a story....
Regarding Mayor Bloomberg's "sting" of gun dealers -- The total conviction count is one dealer pleads to disorderly conduct. Bloomsberg's police seize the gun store inventory, then return it quietly a week later.
He sues out of state dealers, two have filed counter-suits, and he offers to settle against the others for supervision -- for which NYC will pay.
Comes now the Queens' Ledger to proclaim it a great success. "As a result of Spallone's arrest, 200 handguns and 34 rifles were taken off the streets." "Mayor Michael Bloomberg seemed happy with the news, stating that the case sent the message "if you break the law, you are going to pay the price."
Apparantly the Queens' Ledger uses the same standard for Mayor Bloomber's war on guns that was applied to Nasralla and Hezbollah's war against Israel. Regardless of the damage, if Bloomberg is still alive and in still in charge of his fiefdom, he must have won.
Posted by: Mark in Texas at September 8, 2006 07:55 AM
They might also be using the standard that the Boston Globe applies to the gun "buy-back" programs that periodicly errupt around the area. They buy a bunch of junk guns and WWII trophies from widows attics, then the success is demonstrated by the amount of money they spent to get these guns "off of the streets".
Posted by: Ken at September 8, 2006 08:33 AM
Hmmm... wonder how many guns NYC sewer workers have found in the same period. Not reported finding.. found.
Posted by: pettyfog at September 8, 2006 09:10 AM
Actually, the sewers turn up a few handguns now and then, but the place to get off-the-book guns, as most of the street crooks know, is from the garbage collectors, who turn them up with some regularity. And some enterprising businessmen amongst the crew keep a sharp eye out for them.
Posted by: MSgt White at September 10, 2006 04:33 AM