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Guns: how much longer will it take ....

 
 
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 14 Mar, 2024 07:53 am
Guns and weapons trafficked from US fueling Haiti gang violence
Quote:
Experts say most guns smuggled from states with lax firearms laws such as Florida, Arizona and Georgia

As Haiti has again plunged into violent chaos, images of gang members bearing high-powered rifles, pump action shotguns or automatic weapons in the streets of Port-au-Prince have become ubiquitous.

But this weaponry is not made in Haiti, a country with no firearms or ammunition manufacturing capabilities.

It is an arsenal that largely comes directly from the US, with most guns, experts say, likely to have originated from states with lax firearm laws, and many trafficked into Haiti from Florida.

This clandestine trade has left Haiti’s gangs with a vast cache of illegal arms and much greater firepower than the country’s dispirited and underfunded police force.

A 2020 estimate published by Haiti’s disarmament commission estimated there could be as many as 500,000 small arms in the country, with just 38,000 of those legally registered. The number, analysts say, is now likely to be even higher following an uptick in trafficking operations in recent years.

A large portion of these, said Robert Muggah, a security expert and co-founder of the Igarapé Institute security thinktank, are obtained in the US by straw purchasers (buyers who obtain the guns on behalf of the smugglers). The weapons are largely bought in states with weak gun regulations like Florida, Arizona, Texas and Georgia.

“Easily accessible firearms from the US are one of several factors that are deepening Haiti’s instability,” Muggah said. “The abundance of high-powered rifles, handguns and ammunition is dramatically amplifying the power of criminal gangs who easily outgun Haiti’s depleted national police and modest security agencies. They are also playing a key role in driving-up high rates of sexual violence, violent assaults, kidnapping and internal displacement.”

A number of recent seizures have laid bare the relative ease with which traffickers operate. In February, US prosecutors secured guilty pleas for two senior members of the 400 Mawozo – the gang which became internationally notorious with a 2021 kidnapping of 17 Christian missionaries from Ohio who were visiting an orphanage in Port-au-Prince.

Investigators discovered an arsenal of at least 24 firearms including AK-47s, AR-15s, an M4 Carbine rifle and a military grade .50 caliber sniper rifle, following purchases at several gun shops in the Florida cities of Miami, Orlando and Pompano beach, according to an unsealed indictment.

Joly Germine, a 31-year-old leader of 400 Mawozo, directed specific requests for high powered weapons via WhatsApp messages sent from Haitian prison. The requests were made to US citizens in Florida, including Germain’s romantic partner, and the weapons were then stuffed in garbage bags, loaded into large barrels and hidden under “clothes, shoes and Gatorade” ready for shipment.

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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Fri 15 Mar, 2024 05:32 am

FINALLY -- the parents of school shooters will start being held accountable...

Quote:
Jurors found both a school shooter’s father and mother guilty of manslaughter

A jury issued a groundbreaking verdict in Michigan Thursday, finding James Crumbley, whose son killed four students at a Michigan high school in 2021, guilty of four involuntary manslaughter counts in a case that experts say could set an important precedent for the extent to which parents of school shooters can be held responsible.

Just last month, the shooter’s mother, Jennifer Crumbley, was convicted of the same charges. That made her the first parent ever held directly responsible for a mass shooting committed by their child.

In arguments during the weeklong trial, prosecutors said James Crumbley was “grossly negligent.” He bought a SIG Sauer 9mm gun for his son four days before the attack, failed to properly secure it, ignored his son’s spiraling mental health and did not take “reasonable care” to prevent foreseeable danger, prosecutors said.

They also argued that the shooting could have been prevented if James or Jennifer Crumbley had listened to a school counselor’s recommendation and taken their son out of school the day of the shooting, or if they had mentioned to school employees they had just purchased him a gun.

Ethan Crumbley, then 15, used the SIG Sauer 9mm weapon to kill four students and wound six students and a teacher at Oxford High School on November 30, 2021. He was sentenced last year to life in prison without parole.
(cnn)
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Tue 9 Apr, 2024 10:52 am
@Region Philbis,

Crumbleys sentenced to 10-15 years each for manslaughter
(cnn)






izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 9 Apr, 2024 11:38 am
@Region Philbis,
Just linked to the above, theses two news stories were next to each other on the BBC.
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/13827/production/_133111997_gettyimages-2144466015.jpg.webp

Right underneath this wqas this woman's picture in an unrelated news story.

https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/11A09/production/_133110227_realtan_ni_leannain.jpg.webp

It's hard to believe it's not the same woman.

It's not, this is not Jennifer Crumbley.
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BillW
 
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Reply Tue 9 Apr, 2024 09:40 pm
@Region Philbis,
I was seeing predictions 2-5 for her and 5-7 for him (because he ha done some threatening messaging while in jail. They got almost maximum; which would have been straight 15. Yeah!!!!
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 10 Apr, 2024 10:06 am
A year ago, an attacker killed six people at a primary school in Nashville.
Initiatives for more gun control in Tennessee failed.
Now the Republicans in the US state want to arm teachers.

Tennessee General Assembly

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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 11 Apr, 2024 09:57 am

very good...

Quote:
Biden to close ‘gun-show loophole’ and expand background checks for firearms
New rule comes under legislation passed after Uvalde, Texas shooting

The Biden administration is moving to expand background checks for gun purchases, fulfilling a key demand of advocates following the deadly shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas.

The final rule, expected to be submitted Thursday to the Federal Register by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, would eliminate a loophole that has allowed sales of guns without background checks of guns outside of brick-and-mortar stores.

The rule was issued under a provision of the 2022 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. It requires that anyone who sells guns for profit to have a license and that buyers be subject to a background check, including at firearms shows and flea markets. The administration had been working on the rule since last spring. Once publicized, it will take effect in 30 days.

The so-called gun show loophole has for years allowed unlicensed gun dealers to sell firearms without background checks at gun shows, on the internet and out of their homes. The new rule, the most sweeping expansion of firearms background checks in decades, will apply to more than 20,000 individuals engaged in unlicensed gun dealing and affect “tens and tens of thousands of gun sales” each year, an administration official told reporters during a call previewing the announcement.
(politico)
izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 11 Apr, 2024 01:25 pm
@Region Philbis,
I wish him well, looks like some Congressmen ard planning action against it.

I hope they fail.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 19 Apr, 2024 10:16 am
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cle019e459xo

Swatting isn't a stand alone crimevin the UK.

The most someone can be charged with is perverting the c9u4se of justice.

This person received a suspended sentence meaning as long as he keeps his nose clean for 18 months he'll avoid jail.

I doubt that would be the case were he charged in the US.
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