A gun prohibition lobbying group headquartered in Seattle, Washington is exploiting an apparent “hate crime” shooting in Jersey City that claimed four lives, declaring in an email, “Once again, we bear witness to the deadly consequences of hate fueled by a gun.”
But news reports about the suspects in that shooting strongly suggest their hatred – if that is what ignited the Jersey City rampage – didn’t need firearms to fuel it.
According to WABC, “The killers then drove a stolen rental van over a mile to the JC Kosher Market, where they waged a drawn-out battle with police that filled the streets with the sound of high-powered rifle fire and turned the city into what looked like a war zone.”
Conveniently ignored by the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility in what amounts to a fund raising email effort are some important facts. New Jersey has some of the most extremely restrictive gun control laws in the nation. According to NBC News, one of the now-deceased suspects, Francine Graham, purchased two of the guns recovered at the crime scene “at separate stores in Ohio.” If so, they were likely brought into the state in violation of New Jersey law.
Investigators found a live pipe bomb inside the stolen rental van, according to the New York Daily News.
Graham and the other suspect, David Anderson, were found dead by police when they went inside the JC Kosher Market. They are also suspected in the murder of Detective Joseph Seals earlier in the day, and reportedly the weekend slaying of an Uber driver identified as Michael Rumberger.
In addition to Det. Seals, the shooting rampage victims were identified as Moshe Deutsch, Douglas Miguel Rodriguez and Mindy Ferencz.
The Alliance, a gun control lobbying group supported by wealthy Seattle-area elitists, acknowledged, “We are still learning the details” of the Jersey City shooting, but they have already labeled the incident an “anti-Semitic hate crime.”
Here’s a detail that they may have missed. A report in Conservative Review asserts that suspect Anderson had prior convictions for gun law violations. The New York Post reported extensively on his background here.
“In Washington state,” the Alliance message explains, “we have been working hard on this issue, strengthening our hate crime statutes, creating new tools to keep guns out of dangerous hands, and just last month we convened a summit on hate and gun violence.”
However, their gun control agenda, which has incrementally tightened gun regulations against law-abiding citizens, does not appear to have prevented any criminal misuse of firearms.
In 2014, the Alliance spent more than $10.2 million to pass gun control Initiative 594, which instituted so-called “universal background checks” for nearly all firearm transfers, with certain exemptions for immediate family members.
In mid-2016, some 18 months after the initiative took effect, a triple homicide at a teenage party in suburban Mukilteo was committed by a 19-year-old who legally purchased a semi-auto AR-15-type rifle, passing a background check in the process. He had no criminal record.
On Thursday, when Democrat State Sen. Strom Peterson commented about the Mukilteo shooting as part of a news release about new gun control efforts in Washington State, he neglected to acknowledge that the shooting happened despite I-594 being in place.
Further presenting credibility issues to the Alliance are the crime statistics in Washington.
The number of Evergreen State slayings has gone up since 2015, the year I-594 took effect. That year, there were 209 total murders of which 141 involved firearms. The following year (2016), Washington homicides declined slightly to 195 total with 127 involving guns.
However, in 2017, the number spiked upward with 228 total slayings including 134 committed with firearms and last year, the state recorded 232 murders including 138 involving firearms, according to data from the annual FBI Uniform Crime Reports.
In 2015, the Seattle City Council hastily adopted a “gun violence tax” on the sale of firearms and ammunition as an effort to combat so-called “gun violence” in the Alliance’s hometown.
In 2016, the first full year of the tax, there were 18 homicides in the city. In 2017, Seattle logged 28 murders, according to Seattle Police Department data. Last year, the city logged 32 homicides, police data says. Instead of fewer slayings, the city has nearly doubled its body count, and this year, according to a Nov. 3 report by KOMO News, the Seattle ABC affiliate, the city may be in worse shape. At that time, by KOMO’s count, there had been 35 murders in the city, although a check with Seattle police produced a lower number of 27 killings. Neither figure could be verified.
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