Tuesday’s revealing report in the on-line SeattleP-I.com explains the fallacy of gun control laws almost by accident: Two guys shot dead outside a restaurant last week may have killed each other, and it turns out neither could legally possess a firearm, much less carry one legally in public.
The victims, both repeat felons with gang affiliations, have been identified as George Hendricks Jr., 44, and Lucky M. Dozier, 33…
Hendricks was part of the 74 Hoover Crips…
Dozier was affiliated with the Blood gang…
The gunfight may have been over a woman, according to KOMO Radio news Tuesday morning. One SeattleP-I.com reader left a message suggesting that it would be ideal if all gang-related shootings ended this way.
While gun prohibitionists have predicted that more people legally carrying defensive firearms would lead to more violence, there is a disconnect with the uptick in violence in Seattle. The Hendricks-Dozier shooting is the tip of that iceberg, since it appears much of the violence is gang-related, and bangers don’t bother to get carry licenses because they could never qualify, due to their criminal backgrounds. One cannot blame this spate of killings on legally-armed citizens.
That Hendricks and Dozier were armed in violation of existing state and federal statutes is more evidence that gun laws only impact honest citizens who are least likely to violate a law in the first place, activists will argue. What good did the background check requirement do? These men obviously didn’t go through the National Instant Check System when they acquired their hardware. Waiting period? No. License? Nada. They squared off against one another in a duel, ignoring existing statutes against first-degree assault and, ultimately, murder.
As this column reported, there are more than 353,000 active Washington concealed pistol licenses (CPL), but police will acknowledge that it’s not the law-abiding armed citizen they have problems with. It’s people like Dozier and Hendricks, except in their specific cases, their trouble-making days are over. If they did each other, it might be the first time in history of a double “Darwin Award.”
Hendricks’ history includes a conviction for having a stolen gun, multiple drug counts, eluding police and car theft, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Selena Davis said.—SeattleP-I.com
(Dozier) left prison in 2005 after a first-degree robbery conviction and his supervision ended the following year. In Sept. 2010, Dozier was a passenger in Shavelle M. Lewis’ Ford Explorer when she hit and killed a tow truck driver on a southbound Interstate 5 ramp. Court documents show Dozier told police he was “just about to roll a marijuana stick when the collision occurred.”—SeattleP-I.com
Then there was Precious Reed, Jr. He expired at Harborview Medical Center the other day. According to SeattleP-I.com;
Police haven’t released a suspect description, but say both he and his father have a history of drugs and violence. Reed Jr. also was affiliated with the Black Gangster Disciples gang, according to his police case file.
Monday, a community meeting was held in response to the uptick in Seattle homicides so far this year. To date, there have been nine killings, where last year there had been only three. Mayor Mike McGinn and City Councilman Bruce Harrell were at that meeting, at the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club. According to the Seattle Times, Harrell had this interesting observation:
“This is our community. This is where we jog, this is where we exercise, this is where we barbecue. This is home to many of us. I’m not afraid of a lot, but I’m afraid of a bullet.”
This is also a community where political correctness prevents police from ascertaining the citizenship or immigration status of certain people who may be stopped in connection with a crime. It’s also a community that is home to leading gun prohibitionists to include State Senators Adam Kline and Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and anti-gun Congressman Jim McDermott, and Mayor McGinn, who stubbornly pushed the twice-lost Seattle parks gun ban case for review by the State Supreme Court. McGinn, McDermott, Kline and Kohl-Welles tend to lump law-abiding armed citizens in with people like Hendricks and Dozier.
McGinn and Deputy Police Chief Nicholas Metz are vowing to crack down on crime. Good luck with that. So long as McGinn and his gun prohibitionist contemporaries can’t tell the good guys from the bad guys, they have a self-imposed handicap.
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