Bloomberg cites stop-and-frisk in presenting the 'largest gun bust in the city's history'
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and police commissioner Ray Kelly today announced "the largest gun bus in the city's history," using it to assail the nation's gun laws and defend stop-and-frisk.
A sweeping investigation into two gun trafficking rings netted 19 defendants and more than 250 firearms, including a fully automatic machine gun and several assault weapons.
Most of those guns came from the Carolinas, which rank near the top of the list of states that export illegal guns along the so-called iron pipeline to New York City.
One of the two lead gun traffickers, Earl Campbell, preferred to arrange his gun sales near where the bus left him off in the Lower East Side, because he feared transporting them back to Brooklyn.
"I can't take them to my house, to my side of town in Brownsville," he told one of his gun suppliers, according to Kelly. "We got like, whatchamacallit, stop and frisk."
Following a federal judge's ruling that the NYPD was engaged in racial profiling and was violating the constitution with its use of stop-and-frisk, Bloomberg and Kelly have been subject to a great deal of criticism, many of it emanating from the politically charged confines of the mayoral race.
Bloomberg is appealing the ruling.
"Faced with inaction from leaders in Congress and in some state legislatures to address this issue, our administration has pursued a concerted and coordinated effort to crack down on illegal firearms … that includes stop question, frisk, which has taken some 8,000 guns off the streets over the past decade and some 80,000 other weapons," said Bloomberg today.