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Shahzad’s Real Crime? He Bought A Rifle!

From the always keeping things in perspective, New York Times:

Suspect’s Gun Proved Easy to Obtain

By MICHAEL WILSON and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM

May 5, 2010

The mammoth clock-to-wire-to-gasoline-to-propane car bomb that the authorities said Faisal Shahzad hoped would claim many lives in Times Square has been analyzed, diagrammed, prodded and examined. But not long before his arrest, Mr. Shahzad was also equipped with a less-eccentric — and yet more dependably lethal — weapon. And he owned it legally.

It is fearsome looking, a carbine hybrid of a pistol and a long gun with a mouthful of a name: the Kel-Tec Sub Rifle 2000. Mr. Shahzad bought it, new, in March for about $400. It was found in the Isuzu Trooper that he drove to Kennedy International Airport on Monday, loaded, with multiple extra clips.

This low-powered non-automatic rifle was more “dependably lethal” than a car bomb that could have easily killed scores if not hundreds of people?

Because the Kel-Tec Sub Rifle 2000 is classified as a rifle, it required no permit, as pistols do in Connecticut. But with its folding stock, hand grip and appetite for pistol ammunition and not rifle ammunition, the Kel-Tec was about as close as one could get to a pistol that is not technically one.

Once again, this would seem to put the lie to the claim that the "amateur" Mr. Shahzad didn’t know what he was doing.

The authorities have not disclosed, if they have learned, what Mr. Shahzad planned to do with that gun. But some law enforcement experts have surmised that he had it to fire at officers in case he was pulled over.

The Kel-Tec was briefly center stage in Washington on Wednesday as New York’s police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, addressed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He said that Mr. Shahzad bought the gun while obtaining supplies for the bomb

The terrorists in Mumbai, India, in 2008 carried out a rampage that killed more than 160 people chiefly with the use of automatic weapons. The guns were much more powerful than the one Mr. Shahzad bought, and the strategy was simple: kill as many people as possible in a city crowded with tourists and residents.

Why did The Times bring up Mumbai? They have not compared Mr. Shahzad’s actions to any other terrorist act before. So why bring one up now?

Mr. Shahzad — whom the authorities have described as bent on taking American lives — made missteps while he was designing and building his bomb, including buying what looks to be the wrong kind of fertilizer aimed at making the explosion more powerful. But all along he possessed a weapon that could have easily done extreme damage, one rapidly fired round at a time.

The Kel-Tec, while not being capable of producing the far-reaching devastation of a well-constructed car bomb, at least might have produced a measure of Mr. Shahzad’s desired effect.

It was about two months ago when he walked into Valley Firearms in Shelton, Conn., which is on a downtown street beside a tattoo parlor and beneath a karate studio. Two American flags fly in front of the gun store

Oh, how ironic!

Mr. Shahzad made his choice of gun and produced his Connecticut driver’s license. He left for a two-week waiting period, and returned March 15, putting down about $400 not for a used gun, but for a new rifle, serial number E7L98, according to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tracing report…

The Kel-Tec gun … weights four pounds unloaded, has front and rear sights for aiming and a grip like one on a pistol. The rifle is unusual in that it fires pistol rounds — in this particular gun’s case, 9-millimeter rounds. It fires as quickly as one can pull the trigger; it is not a machine gun. The number of bullets it holds varies with the size of the magazine. Kel-Tec sells it with 10-round magazines.

It is, in effect, a low-powered rifle. Unlike those of some rifles, its bullets probably would not penetrate a police officer’s bullet-resistant vest, a law enforcement official said…

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, in his testimony on Wednesday before the Senate committee, urged that suspects on terrorism watch lists be blocked from buying guns and explosives.

“When gun dealers run background checks, should F.B.I. agents have the authority to block sales of guns and explosives to those on the terror watch lists — and deemed too dangerous to fly?” the mayor asked. “I believe strongly that they should.”

On Wednesday, the Government Accountability Office released data showing that suspects on the terror watch lists were able to buy guns and explosives from licensed dealers in the United States more than 1,100 times from 2004 to 2010. Such a statistic seems irrelevant in Mr. Shahzad’s case, as he was on no such list in March…

So why bring it up? (And just try getting such a ban past the ACLU. They might even resort to citing the Second Amendment, if it means defending potential terrorists.)

But isn’t there a risk that this article and Mr. Bloomberg’s earlier comments might cause a ‘backlash’ against law-abiding gun owners?

Oh well. At least the New York Times has finally found something in this case that they can be incensed about.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 6th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Shahzad’s Real Crime? He Bought A Rifle!”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    ~Media Misdirection~

    Don’t look behind that curtain, look over HERE at this mirage, smoke and puffs of flame shooting up!

    ~lets focus on guns that he didn’t use
    ~at his repossessed home that befell 1000s of other Americans
    ~the racial profiling that he probably endured
    ~the Bush invasion (*ahem* that Obama continued)
    ~lets focus on him being a Connecticut man
    ~he was an SUV driver you know!
    ~his wife put cute things on her personal webpage about him too!

    ohyeahhewasaMuslimthatwantedtokillAmericansToo

    It’s all a marketing campaign. Some day the Muslim world is going to direct it’s focus directly on the liberal world (which it despises) and we should all step aside and let them meet each other in the culture war.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Good point. I wonder if the typical loose lefty would be praising the “religion of peace” while some muslim zealot was sawing off their head.

      Just sayin.

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    I suspect sales of the Kel-Tec Sub Rifle 2000 will spike now that they have achieved notoriety.
    The one review I read was mostly positive, although the weapon lacks a method for mounting a scope and lacks the power of a ‘real’ long gun.
    The reviewer did mention the ability to fit it into an SUV console or motorcycle saddle bag, but there are better choices for folding long guns or more powerful and accurate pistols.
    Then man was an amateur.

  3. Right of the People says:

    A GUN! He had a GUN? That’s it, he should be taken out back and shot!
    How dare he have a gun, legally purchased or not, everyone knows that if we got rid of all the guns all the violence and crime would magically disappear. He must be punished.

    It’s just like the Slimes to fixate on a bit of minutia like this and ignore the fact that the man wanted to kill and maim hundreds with his car bomb. We can be thankful that he was so incompetent like most of these jihadi whackadoodles.

    What they don’t mention was he brought this weapon into New York violating about 3986 guns laws, I wonder if they’re going to charge him on those too?

  4. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Leave it to the AP to fear monger and propagandize for the liberal agenda. Truth be told, I would be more concerned had he bought a single shot .308, and knew how to use it.

  5. xuenbaookufn says:

    The Kel-Tec Sub-2000 cannot be fired in its folded configuration, as the pic from the Kel-Tec website to be found at the following URL will quickly prove. http://www.kel-tec-cnc.com/sub2000.htm

  6. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    The best unintentional humor is always when the factually deprived attempt to speak or write about a topic of substance.


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