The Boston Police Department recently announced that it had taken almost 1,000 guns off the streets of Boston.
The story below describes another gun and another case, posted on the Boston Police Department blog, www.bpdnews.com:
About 2:33am on Sunday, November 23, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Dudley Street and Columbia Road when officers observed a red motor vehicle, with its high beam headlights activated, operating at a high rate of speed. In light of the aforementioned violations, officers activated their lights & sirens and stopped the motor vehicle. With the car stopped, officers approached the vehicle, which was occupied by two males, in order to speak to the operator. While speaking to the operator, officers observed the handle of a firearm protruding from under the front passenger seat. Upon seeing the firearm, officers immediately instructed both occupants to exit the vehicle. With the car vacated, officers recovered and seized a loaded .45 Caliber handgun (see photo).
Officers arrested Sean Brown, 19, of Boston and a 15-year-old male from Boston and charged both with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and the Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm.
Cases like these–where underage youth are caught with illegal guns–compel us to ask “Where did the gun come from?” How do guns end up in the hands of young people like the 19-year-old driver and his 15-year-old passenger?Are we doing enough to stop the flow of these guns before they hit our streets?