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
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
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
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
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
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
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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