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Flash Mobs of…Bandits and Looters? In D.C., Yes. Despite court ruling – D.C. Residents 2nd amendment rights, No. One more thing, the Liberal View of Crime & Punishment

April 30, 2011

Flash Mobs of…Bandits and Looters? In D.C., Yes.

Posted on April 28, 2011 at 1:36pm by Jonathon M. Seidl Jonathon M. Seidl

Last week Glenn Beck called for “flash mobs of kindness,” random acts of kindness meant to jumpstart charity across the country. And while Beck is hoping those become a trend, different types of flash mobs are running rampant throughout the nation’s capital. Flash mobs of theft and looting.

ABC 7 News in D.C. reports that around 6 pm on Monday, a group of about 20 young men entered a pricey, trendy clothing store near Dupont Circle and, without any regard or inhibitions, started sizing up the merchandise and then stole it off the shelves, racks, and tables. It was a quick and somewhat sophisticated operation, as the mob took the time to post a lookout at the front door.

The store manager says the group made off with hundreds of items worth “thousands and thousands” of dollars.

Here’s the must watch the video from ABC 7: http://bcove.me/961x49h2


Local police say that this is the sixth such theft in the area since last July.

“They helped themselves to whatever they wanted,” Manager Greggory Lennon told ABC 7. “They had no fear, they weren’t concerned. They were on their cell phones inside the store talking to their friend outside the store who were watching for the police.”

The police response has also come under scrutiny, as cops aren’t seen entering the store until 10 minutes after the first 911 call was placed. The department responded by saying that police spent time outside first, canvasing the area for the thiefs.

For another perspective on the story, here’s Gateway Pundit.

Speaking of racial undertones
A flash mob theft spree occurred Monday at a pricey store on Dupont Circle in Washington DC. See if you can figure out what the media missed in their coverage.

Just wondering…
When did it become taboo to report the race of a criminal flash mob?

Perhaps this is just a case of Self-help reparations, and God knows if so the media isn’t going to speculate about that!

Here’s one more perspective on the subject The Liberal View of Crime & Punishment (our compliments to the makers of these videos, they’re great, right on)

Despite Court’s OK, D.C. Residents Unable to Legally Register Handguns

It’s been almost three years since the United States Supreme Court overturned Washington, D.C.’s ban on handguns, but residents of the District remain unable to register guns in the city.  Why? A “temporary, de facto ban” is in now in place after the sole individual who facilitated handgun ownership in the nation’s capital stopped accepting registration orders.

WTOP reports:

Since the lifting of the handgun ban in June 2008, Charles Sykes has processed more than 1,000 handguns for District residents. Sykes tells WTOP he’s stopped taking orders for now.  “I’ve lost my lease,” Sykes said in a phone interview. “I’ll take care of the customers who already placed orders, but I don’t want to take any more until I know where I will reopen.”

Sykes is the sole proprietor of C S Exchange, the only licensed firearm dealer in the city that will transfer guns for individuals. Sykes doesn’t sell the guns — there are no gun stores in D.C. His company facilitates the transfer of guns from out of state stores into the District for a fee of $125 per gun.

Federal law prohibits individuals from buying a handgun outside D.C. and then bringing it into the District. That transfer has to be done by someone with a Federal Firearms License.

Michelle Lane lives on Capitol Hill, and wanted a gun for protection and target practice. She bought two guns in Virginia: a Ruger LCR revolver and a Kahr K9 Elite 9mm. After buying them, she found out she couldn’t have them shipped into the city.  “It’s not fair,” she tells WTOP. “I followed the law. Criminals bring guns into the city. It’s frustrating.”

It could be weeks before Sykes finds a new location for his store and even then, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) requires 30 days advance notice of a move, followed by an additional 60 days to review and approve the location.  Until then, D.C. residents are out of luck.

“The city government of Washington, D.C. has a responsibility to make sure that every resident of D.C. can exercise their constitutional rights. And one of those constitutional rights is the individual to have a right to bear arms,” Sen. Charles Grassley said Friday.  It’s “absolutely wrong” that D.C. resident can’t currently legally purchase a gun, he added. “Let the city government do the licensing if you don’t have a licensed dealer.”

Gun Control explained

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