The New York Post came up with a typically clever headline to lead off a story about an FBI agent who had his car and rifle stolen last night in Ozone Park, an upper middle-class neighborhood in the borough of Queens. Calling the weapon a “dolt-action rifle” was about right. No one should be surprised, though, for the crimes occurred in New York State where the lines between laws for law enforcement are very different from the laws for the common schmucks.
You may know that New York has the toughest gun laws in the nation, as well as the most ineffectual ones. While statistics may be molded and shaped to any conclusion, an abundance of street gangs prosper in its various cities, accompanied by illegal guns and nightly shootings.
Responsible gun owners in New York State will shake their heads at off-duty FBI agent who left his M-4 in the trunk of his car. Few people in America’s gun culture would be so negligent as to leave a fully loaded and fully automatic M-4 in the trunk of their car parked on a city street while they retired for the evening.
You’re supposed to lock those things up in a heavy gun safe inside your residence-or better yet, leave it at the FBI armory. Oh, but it’s such a bother when you’re tired and have to do that!
But now some thug likely has the agent’s car in a chop shop and is proudly showing off the fancy new M-4 burner to the rest of crew.
But that’s not the worst part of the story. According to the Post story, this very same agent had his car stolen from beneath the same window just one year ago in a case that baffles the imagination. In that instance, the agent, watching from a window of his home, saw the car thieves breaking into his vehicle at 5:00 a.m.
What does this agent do? He fires out the window, hitting the perpetrator in the back. The good news is that the three auto thieves were caught. The bad news is that charges against the three car thieves were dropped.
You can only imagine why, but I’m guessing it was because it was a “bad shooting” for which prosecutors traded leniency for the chance to block a lawsuit.
Shooting a car thief when there was no threat to his person is against law, protocol, and common sense. All the agent had to do is phone his vehicle description and license number to fellow law-enforcement agents and the stops would have been made, the criminals charged, and the case made.
But apparently, the judicial and prosecutorial authorities are applying the three-strikes rule for law enforcement. The one-strike gun rule only applies to people like football player Plaxico Burress, boxer Robert Guerrero, and Gregory Dean Jr. most recently.
According to The Blaze, Dean was arrested for the violent crime of having two bullets more than the seven bullet maximum in his legally owned pistol.