Sunday, January 20, 2008

How not to solve the gun violence problem

Toronto has a gun violence problem and there is no shortage of pundits ready, willing and able to blather on about how their particular solution – everything from banning all guns Canada wide to requiring everyone to own and carry a hand gun – will solve the problem. Well here’s one idea that they can strike off the list.

In Los Angeles, this dude Big Weasel Marroquin, an ex-gang member, founded an anti-violence and gun crime group and was subsequently awarded a $1.5 million contract by the city for his efforts to help reduce gang violence. Well, those efforts came to the attention of the courts earlier this year when Big Weasel found himself in a bit of legal hot water for the manufacture, distribution and sale of assault weapons. It would appear that some of that 1.5 million may have gone into machine tools for the conversion of weapons to fully automatic machine guns.

So there will likely be a family reunion soon as Big Weasel joins his son (Little Weasel, of course), an acknowledged gang member and convicted criminal currently serving a 9-year sentence, in prison.

No word on what will happen to the bone-headed civil servant(s) who thought giving 1.5 million dollars to a bunch of street-level thugs was a good idea.

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