U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- Without acknowledging the New York subway shooting Tuesday, April 12 was a massive failure of New York’s strict gun control laws, the media has been giving up details about the incident and investigation that can only lead to such a conclusion.
According to Fox News, the suspect has been identified as Frank James, formerly considered a “person of interest” in the case, with addresses in Philadelphia and Wisconsin. There is now a $50,000 reward for his apprehension, and posters bearing his images have reportedly been posted around the city stating he was wanted for “attempted murder.”
Which of New York’s gun control laws failed? Essentially, all of them.
According to details gleaned from published reports, here are some facts:
- Police recovered a 9mm Glock semi-auto pistol at the scene, plus three extended (“high capacity”) magazines, according to ABC News. Such magazines are outlawed in New York and have been for several years, but the prohibition evidently did not prevent the suspect from having them. So far this year, New York police have reportedly seized some 1,800 guns “off the street,” an indication of how poorly the gun law isn’t working. An estimated 10 percent of those guns allegedly are “ghost guns.”
- The suspect allegedly carried the gun, spare magazines and some kind of smoke bomb onto the subway train. Being a non-resident of New York, it was illegal for the suspect to carry a concealed pistol in the city because he could not have gotten a carry license. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently mulling a ruling in a lawsuit filed by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association challenging the permit law, which requires so-called “just cause” to be granted a carry permit. NYSR&PA is an affiliate of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and the lawsuit is supported by the National Rifle Association. CCRKBA has filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case.
- According to Fox News, an unidentified source at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “confirmed…on Wednesday that Brooklyn subway shooting suspects Frank James purchased the gun used in the Tuesday morning attack at a pawn shop in Columbus, Ohio, in 2011.
- The suspect opened fire, wounding at least 10 people and injuring more than a dozen others, in a public place. It is illegal to do that, and if arrested, James will face at least ten counts of attempted murder.
The 62-year-old James reportedly rented a U-Haul in Philadelphia, which was found parked near the subway entrance. The keys were “found in the shooter’s possessions left behind at the subway station,” according to WABC News. James has not been seen or heard from.
On 4/12/22 at 8:30 AM, Frank Robert James fired numerous gun shots inside an "N" line subway car at 36th St & 4th Ave subway station causing serious injuries to 10 people. Anyone with info about the incident or his whereabouts should contact @NYPDTips or call 1-800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/MaeF16i4bX
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 13, 2022
New York Mayor Eric Adams declared the shooting part of a national problem, according to Fox News.
“The problem we’re facing is a problem that is hitting our entire nation right now,” Adams told a reporter. He said the problem deserves “a national response.”
Police have suggested that the Glock pistol used in the shooting jammed, which would account for the suspect leaving the gun behind.
The shooting sparked a massive manhunt, and at this writing, there was no indication where he might be. In addition to the New York police, the FBI, ATF, and U.S. Marshals are all looking for James.
There has been no indication of a possible motive for the attack. Fox reported the suspect “reportedly has a history of publishing racist and shocking YouTube videos.”
That this happened one day after Joe Biden called for new gun controls and announced a crackdown on so-called “ghost guns” may be convenient timing for the White House. It will allow the president to declare how “right” he is on gun control.
In a related story, Mayor Adams, appearing Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program indicated the city may start using sophisticated metal detection devices in subway areas, and maybe elsewhere, to detect the carrying of concealed firearms. Security for the mayor has reportedly been stepped up.
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