Monica Yant Kinney, my favorite Inquirer editorialist, lays out a pretty textbook case of building and eventually prosecuting a case against a guy who was buying a gun from lawful dealers, and then selling them on the streets. Eventually he was prosecuted, convicted, and served 4.5 years in federal prison for the crime. Isn’t this an example of the laws working? From Yant Kinney’s editorial:
Watching the news, Jerome knows he’s partly responsible for the city’s crisis of violence. But he thinks there’s blame to go around.
“I knew it would come to an end for me. I just wish those gun dealers were held accountable.”
No, “Jerome,” you don’t get to assuage your guilt by trying to shift the blame onto the dealers you deceived about the legality of the sale they were making. You’re the one that swore to the dealer and federal authorities you were the actual buyer of the firearm when you signed off on 4473. You’re the piece of shit that took the guns and opened up your trunk and sold them to criminals. It’s all on you my friend. You served your time, not nearly enough in my opinion, but if you’re living the straight life now, congratulations. I hope you learned something. But if you really want to convince us you’re reformed, and not that bleeding heart Inquirer columnist, you need to start by accepting full responsibility for what you did.