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Thu Jul 22, 2021, 09:39 AM

Garland launches gun trafficking strike forces in 5 cities

WASHINGTON (AP) ó The Justice Department is launching an effort in five cities in the U.S. to reduce spiking gun violence by addressing illegal trafficking and prosecuting offenses that help put guns in the hands of criminals.

Attorney General Merrick Garland will launch the gun trafficking strike forces in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The effort will include stepped-up enforcement in so-called supply areas ó cities and states where itís easier to obtain firearms that are later trafficked into other cities with more restrictive gun laws.

Besides prioritizing gun crimes, the strike forces will embrace intelligence sharing and prosecutions across jurisdictions, Justice Department officials said. Authorities have also embedded federal agents in homicide units of police departments across the U.S., have been deploying additional crime analysts and are conducting fugitive sweeps to arrest people who have outstanding state and federal warrants for violent crimes.

Violent crimes, particularly homicides and shootings, are up in many cities around the country, and the Biden administration has sought to aid communities hamstrung by violence. But the initiative launched this week differs from other recent federal efforts to address violence, because it is not sending agents or prosecutors into cities with crime spikes. Justice officials say the strike forces are targeted prosecutions meant to be a longer-term effort to combat gun trafficking.

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https://apnews.com/article/health-government-and-politics-shootings-coronavirus-pandemic-gun-politics-fc16e2a1a4571be552d82def7bd5e781

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Reply Garland launches gun trafficking strike forces in 5 cities (Original post)
hookaleft Jul 22 OP
mucifer Jul 22 #1
brewens Jul 22 #2
madville Jul 22 #4
brewens Jul 22 #11
Wicked Blue Jul 22 #3
The Mouth Jul 22 #5
certainot Jul 22 #6
former9thward Jul 22 #7
certainot Jul 22 #13
MarineCombatEngineer Jul 22 #14
certainot Jul 22 #16
MarineCombatEngineer Jul 22 #18
The Mouth Jul 22 #15
certainot Jul 22 #17
ancianita Jul 22 #20
LiberatedUSA Jul 22 #8
Hangingon Jul 22 #9
Old Crank Jul 22 #10
Aristus Jul 22 #12
kimbutgar Jul 22 #19
70sEraVet Jul 23 #21

Response to hookaleft (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 09:41 AM

1. I hope something can be done here in Chicago



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Response to hookaleft (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 09:42 AM

2. The RW rants about the gun violence in cities like Chicago. Wanna bet they do not like this?

They won't like where it leads. It's not inner city gang members making all the money off the gun trafficking, that's safe to assume.

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Response to brewens (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 10:51 AM

4. I imagine they'll be targeting straw purchasers at the dealer level

With Chicago for example, the gangs will usually recruit women in neighboring Indiana or Wisconsin to make straw purchases for them, they basically have them buy multiple firearms, mostly handguns, at a time and then transport them back to Chicago to sell and use. As long as the straw purchaser is not a prohibited person, meets residency requirements and passes a federal background check then the licensed dealer is covered legally.

The federal strike forces will likely have licensed dealers notify them immediately when a suspicious purchase is made and they will follow the trail from there, get warrants, etc.

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Response to madville (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 01:21 PM

11. I guess we already know much of what goes on as you described. I suppose the gun dealers are

pretty cute about preserving their deniability. Same with their suppliers. It might be somewhat like with opioids. They might find gun dealers with volumes in sales that can't be explained. A couple of pharmacies were like that. One I saw in a small Appalachian town would have had to have had everyone in town filling an opioid prescription every day. Whoever shipped those orders to that place had to see it stunk to high heaven.

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Response to hookaleft (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 10:30 AM

3. K&R

This is desperately needed.

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Response to hookaleft (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 11:52 AM

5. Good!

I like guns, both for target shooting and for (if need be) putting holes in anyone who would attempt to deprive me of life, liberty, or property.

But there are people who shouldn't have them, for various reasons. Keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and those with issues of psychological health is exactly the kind of 'Gun Control' this 'gun humper' can support.

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Response to hookaleft (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 12:11 PM

6. good. need to figure out if RW is dumping guns in cities, like in chicago, for political purposes

when obama was running rw media pushed a racist connection between him and chicago crime and at the time there were witnesses reporting free guns given out from the back of cars/suvs

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Response to certainot (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 12:17 PM

7. I am sure that would have made the news.

Is there a link to such a story?

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Response to former9thward (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 03:16 PM

13. i remember a pissed off guy interviewed about the gun violence in his neighborhood saying

he'd seen or heard about it happening, can't remember which.

it fits perfectly with years of team limbaugh attacking obama and democrats and african americans with chicago as reference point (because obama). the same is happening now - they're lying that democrats want to defund the police and look at crime skyrocketing!!!! why not sell a few trunkloads of very cheap guns on the street. giving them away would more likely get noticed but for a few bucks? why not. "why so cheap?" the guy asks. "well, they have slightly bent barrels and didn't pass quality control...."

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Response to certainot (Reply #13)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 03:20 PM

14. So one guy said he'd seen or heard of it?

That's a really compelling case.
Why didn't he take his accusation to the proper authorities?
Why wasn't this widely reported?

Not saying it didn't happen, but the "evidence" is really lacking here.

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Response to MarineCombatEngineer (Reply #14)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 05:55 PM

16. i'm not saying there was compelling evidence, but i remember how pissed off the guy

was, maybe after another kid got shot. and i wouldn't put it past republicans, especially when they have the radio stations - limbaugh referenced the 'chicago crime' regularly it against obama - how is he going to clean up america if he can't even clean up chicago type dumbassery.

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Response to certainot (Reply #16)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 06:02 PM

18. I guess I kinda worded it wrong,

but you're right, i wouldn't put anything past the repukes.

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Response to certainot (Reply #13)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 04:16 PM

15. They could do what one malt liquor

maker supposedly did to popularize their product: since they couldn't actually give away samples, they just rented a van, filled it with product, and parked it where it would be broken into.

One fell swoop, dozens of guns straight into the underworld, no straw buyers, no trace. Use confiscated guns or 'ghost' guns.

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Response to The Mouth (Reply #15)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 05:56 PM

17. i was thinking the same thing

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Response to former9thward (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 09:46 PM

20. I highly recommend DU'ers read Ioan Grillo's [i]Blood Gun Money, How America Arms Gangs and Cartels

Millions of private gun buys or giveaways, without background checks, go on across this country.
The biggest trafficking states are Texas, Florida, Virginia and Nevada. Those states also have the highest per capita mass shootings.

News can't research everything, especially gun trafficking. Once people read this book they'll see why gun trafficking and mass shootings are nation destabilizers across the Americas, and the U.S. law enforcement is out to prevent that from happening.


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Response to certainot (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 12:21 PM

8. Is there a pizza place involved in this one?

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Response to hookaleft (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 12:33 PM

9. Good!

It is about time we looked at this. It may dispel the idea that every gun owner is the cause of gun mayhem

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Response to hookaleft (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 01:00 PM

10. This has to be done.

Bann the merchants for life. Take away gun privileges for anyone swept up in the net. Gun crimes require total ban for having or using a gun for life.

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Response to hookaleft (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 01:29 PM

12. The Republicans should really get behind this effort.

I understand they're really against traveling from one place to another without the proper documentation...

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Response to hookaleft (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 06:57 PM

19. He needs to also do it in Oakland California!

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Response to hookaleft (Original post)

Fri Jul 23, 2021, 08:05 AM

21. Bloomberg's sting operation showed how gun shows

are supplying many of the guns used by criminals. Those unlicensed dealers are selling weapons to anyone who pays, even when they know that its a 'straw purchase'.
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2009/10/mayor_bloomberg_gun_shows_ille.html

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