People of a certain age remember scrap metal drives. Who knew the New York Police Department was still conducting them? Here’s a haul that was recently displayed. About half of them are crime guns, as New York defines crimes; the others are stumble-upons, turn-ins and turn-ups.
Yes, that is a Lewis gun. Even the blockheads and political knob-polishers that rule One PP seem to recognize that melting it down is not going to but a dent in the city’s gangbanger problem. But it’s probably going to get melted down anyway, to please The Reverends and various other activists, to whom Mayor Bill de Blasio gave the keys to the cops’ chastity belt.
This mountain of nearly 2,000 guns … amassed by the NYPD … represents just a fraction of the approximately 15,500 firearms seized or confiscated since 2013.
“To my left is obviously a lot of guns,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said at a press conference. “The men and woman of the NYPD work extremely hard every day at great risk to themselves to take illegal guns off the streets of New York City. When we destroy these guns about twice a year, we take them out of circulation forever.
This is the end of the iron pipeline.”
Funny how the criminals seem to keep getting them. O’Neill’s answer would be to spread NYC’s national-socialist gun laws worldwide. So far, the world isn’t buying, and then there’s the problem that the World Police wouldn’t be any more effective than the New York police in taking guns away from malum in se bad actors as opposed to malum prohibitum soft targets.
Of the 1,995 guns displayed by police brass, more than half were taken in connection with felonies like armed robbery and shootings.
Another 223 came from gang takedowns, street and vehicle stops and search warrants.
“We do it in various ways,” said Chief of Department Carlos Gomez. “We do it when we take down those gangs and those crews. We do it through technology . . . And we do it through the hard work of our officers every day.”
Gomez does not believe anyone except police should have weapons, and all firearms owners are, in his mind, criminals or at least potential criminals.
“Each firearm to me represents a potential victim,” said Gomez.
One reason for the gun pile was to fight back against rank-and-file complaints that court and management restrictions on officers was hampering their ability to target gangbangers.
A high ranking police source told The Post the gun stack shows that cops were “still doing their jobs” — despite restrictions on stop and frisk from a judge’s 2013 ruling.
While some law-enforcement agencies across the country sell most of their seized or confiscated firearms to the highest bidder among licensed firearm dealers, the NYPD plans to take the guns to an undisclosed location out of state to melt them down and recycle them.
“The metal is recycled. The long guns are stamped into basically dust,” Gomez said.
That’s ok, Gomez. We’ll make more. Your 15,000 seizures are about 1/3 of one day’s domestic production — one shift on one day, if every gun factory in the country was running three equal-production shifts.
A vintage Lewis machine gun was in the pile, but officials said they were considering handing over the antique — taken during a search in Queens — to a museum.
When they’re losing control of the homicide rate in the city, and crowing about confiscating century-old obsolete guns that fire near-obsolete ammunition, maybe what they’re doing isn’t really protecting and serving the peaceable public.
Maybe what they’re doing with this scrap-metal drive is a bit like some of the scrap drives of bygone years: an empty publicity stunt.