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Never let the facts get in the way of a good scapegoating

A while ago, Boston's mayor, Thomas "Mumbles" Menino, addressed his city's homicide rate (71 so far this year; two more, and it'll be a perfect 1 every 5 days) by saying the problem was guns. Guns what, all on their own, wander across state lines into Massachusetts, find their way to Boston, and kill people. He singled out us in New Hampshire, saying that too many guns bought in New Hampshire end up committing crimes in Massachusetts.

(Yes, I know, the guns themselves don't do all those things, but that's the impression Mumbles gives.)

Well, that got a few people thinking. One of them happened to be a fellow named Thomas Colantuono, who just happens to be th US Attorney for New Hampshire. He got it into his head that such a matter might be worthy of his official attention, so he looked into the figures.

It turns out that less than 10% of all guns used in Massachusetts crimes come from New Hampshire. The biggest source of guns to Massachusetts criminals is Georgia.

Here's a radical suggestion for Mayor Mumbles: instead of worrying about guns up here in Cow Hampshire, Yer Honor, why not simply come down harder on actual criminals with guns?

Nah. Makes too much sense.


Comments (5)

The biggest source of gu... (Below threshold)

The biggest source of guns to Massachusetts criminals is Georgia.

I didn't do it nobody saw me do it you can't prove anything.

[/Bart Simpson]

And this is why the gun con... (Below threshold)
Lurking Observer:

And this is why the gun control folks want nationwide legislation on guns.

Which means that whether you're in New Hampshire or Georgia, kiss your rights g'bye!

The best solution = Let the... (Below threshold)
Steve:

The best solution = Let the law abiding carry concealed weapons.

Obviously, the writer doesn... (Below threshold)
David:

Obviously, the writer doesn't know much about Massachusetts, living up in that backward hick state, because if you want to "come down harder on criminals with guns (a redundancy, I know)", then the Mass. House ought to adopt legislation recently passed by the Senate and supported by Menino.

And can the "Mumbles" stuff, even the right wing Herald gave him kudos for his speech delivery to the Chamber of Commerce last week. We like plain talk in Boston.

'And can the "Mumbles" stuf... (Below threshold)
ICallMasICM:

'And can the "Mumbles" stuff, even the right wing Herald gave him kudos for his speech delivery to the Chamber of Commerce last week. We like plain talk in Boston.'

HA! We were at the the tree lighting in Roslindale Square a couple of weeks ago and my 3 year old daughter speaks better than Mumblino and makes more sense too. He's been doing that for what 12 years now and the idiot can't even get his lines right. We like plain talk but we also like it in coherent English. My daughter kept asking me 'What he say?'.

You can go back to your Neighborhood Affairs job or go fix some parking tickets dumbass.




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