Lonsberry On One Result Of New York’s Gun Ban

    This is a complete copy of Bob Lonsberry‘s blog column of yesterday, January twenty-fourth.  Bob writes a daily column on topics of interest to both himself and most of the general public; locally, regionally and nationally.  Be sure to check his blog regularly!

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WHAT THE POLICE CHIEF COVERED UP

Actually, I’m not clairvoyant.

I don’t even have x-ray vision.

If I did, I’d sit at the mall all day, holding up Olympic-style scores as  women passed.

As it turns out, information for stories I report is typically given to me by  other people. These people have different motivations. Some are spiteful, some  are angry, some want to see justice done or a full story told.

Sometimes I go to them, and sometimes they come to me.

Like yesterday, about the middle of the morning, when I heard about Congress  Avenue.

Someone was angry about what appeared to be an effort by the chief of the  Rochester Police Department to keep a story, for political reasons, from  becoming public.

So this person told me the story.

And I quickly got others to confirm the story, and concerns about the chief.  I reported the story, and later in the day the chief responded with a press  conference.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the chief, and think he’s doing a fine job. But,  sometimes, not telling a story is the same thing as telling a lie.

Here’s the timeline.

On January 9, as part of the governor’s State of the State presentation, the  Rochester police chief, in full uniform, stood before the assembled thousands  and called for a ban on assault rifles. Just before midnight on January 14, that  ban was rammed through the state legislature in an omnibus gun-control law that  made New York a nation-leading violator of the Second Amendment.

A hullabaloo ensued.

A BIG hullabaloo.

Then, a week later, on the night of Sunday January 20, two nearly identical  crimes were committed.

About 7, two young black men with a gun broke into the apartment of a couple  of University of Rochester students and robbed them of electronics.

About 5 hours later, at midnight, two young black men with a gun broke into  the apartment of a couple of Rochester Institute of Technology students and  attempted to rob them.

The two home invasions took place in the same neighborhood of the same city  on the same night.

In both cases, no arrests were made and no weapons were recovered. One was  reported by police to the news media. Not a word was said about the other one.

One led local newscasts, the other was known only to the victims, the  perpetrators and the cops.

The one the police reported was a story about bad guys winning. Two innocent  grad students get ripped off by a couple of home-invading street thugs.

The story the police kept quiet was very different.

According to police documents, here’s what happened. “S” stands for suspect  and “V” stands for victim.

“The S’s smashed a basement window to gain entry into the house and then  unlocked the back door to escape.

“The two V’s, RIT Students, were upstairs in their individual bedrooms when  V1 heard the sound of glass breaking. At first he wasn’t alarmed, thinking that  it was a noise from his roommate’s television. He then checked with the roommate  who denied the noise coming from his room.

“V1 went downstairs to investigate and was immediately confronted by S1 who  was standing at the bottom of the stairs pointing a black semi-automatic handgun  at him. S1 ordered him back up the stairs.

“Hearing the verbal exchange, V2 retrieved his legal (AR-15) rifle and  confronted the two S’s, who then fled out the back door. V1 went to his bedroom,  retrieved his legal 9 mm handgun.

“He then called 911 and waited for police to arrive.

“There were no city cameras in the area. K9 track and neighborhood canvas  both had negative results. Tech responded and processed the scene.”

That story the police department did not release.

This is the same police department that is hip-deep in a goofy Twitter  campaign to “open channels of communication” with “the community.” This is the  same police department that bought a smartphone app that lets residents bitch  about officers.

This is the same police department that lists transparency and open  communications with residents among its highest priorities.

One incident gets reported, the other gets covered up.

In the middle of a raging debate over assault rifles, the Democrat police  chief protégé of the Democrat lieutenant governor neglects to tell the community  that a law-abiding college student used a legal assault rifle to turn away two  armed home invaders.

Wow, what an ironic coincidence.

As assault rifles are being vilified by the chief, the mayor, the governor  and the president, as pundit after pundit claims there is no reason for citizens  to have military arms, a law-abiding 21-year-old quite possibly saved the lives  of himself and his roommate by brandishing a military-style assault rifle.

Two young college students, each with legal weapons that will be outlawed by  the governor’s gun ban, saved themselves from home-invasion thugs.

The assault rifle can no longer be sold in New York. The 9mm can only be sold  with a seven-round magazine, which doesn’t exist.

On that night, one set of college students were unarmed victims. Another set  of college students were able to defend themselves. One story was told, one  story was covered up.

And it appears to have been covered up in order to further the police chief’s  gun-banning politics.

That’s called “policing in the spirit of cover your political arse.”

Your mother called it lying.

But the home-invading thugs should take comfort. Thanks to the chief, the  mayor, the governor and the president, there will soon be a lot more disarmed  citizens ripe for the picking.

– by Bob Lonsberry © 2013

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