Assault rifles favored by Iraqi insurgents are finding their way onto Flint streets in alarming numbers.
A spate of shootings using such 7.62 mm assault rifles as AK-47s has police worried about high-powered weapons better suited for war zones.
On Saturday, Kenneth M. Frohm, 28, of North Branch was killed when rounds from an assault rifle were fired into a pickup on Flint’s southeast side.
A few days earlier, a Flint man was killed and another man wounded by a drive-by shooter wielding a 7.62 mm rifle on Kleinpell Street.
On June 10, a Flint man was killed when someone fired an assault rifle into a car at a S. Dort Highway parking lot. [emphasis mine]
This is a serious problem, of course. What can we do to counter-act the growing threat of assault rifles?
Since police haven’t recovered any of the guns yet, Hagler said police aren’t sure what types of guns are being used.
Hmmm. So I guess it’s safe to say that the “assault rifle” claim is unsubstantiated, to say the least.
In other investigations, there have actually been weapons found:
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Department has seized 10 7.62 mm rifles in the past couple of months, including fully automatic versions that are illegal.
“We are seeing more of them, especially in drug houses,” said Undersheriff James S. Gage.
So apparently outlawing guns isn’t helping much, as the fully automatics have long been against the law.
Also, I would be interested in seeing a truthful breakdown showing how many supporters of stricter gun control also support fewer (or no) drug control laws and/or the end of the War on Drugs. A major argument of the pro-drug (or whatever) crowd is that using drugs is a personal decision that doesn’t affect others, but even if you discount the friends and family of the drug addict, it’s clear that many people are, indeed, affected by the violence that follows the drug trade around. (via FR)