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Assault weapons prevalent in Miami

MIAMI, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Miami Police Chief John Timoney said the 2004 expiration of the federal ban on assault weapons has triggered an "arms race" in his city.

"The whole thing is a friggin' disgrace," said Timoney, a longtime advocate of tighter gun control who has authorized patrol officers to carry high-powered, semiautomatic assault rifles like the one used Thursday to kill Miami-Dade County police Sgt. Jose Somohano.

Somohano died and three other officers, all carrying pistols, were injured in a shootout with Shawn LaBeet, who escaped unharmed and hours later was shot dead by police, The Miami Herald reported.

The doctor who operated on one of the wounded officers described the grapefruit-size bullet wound on her right leg as the type you would see in a war, the Herald reported.

Twenty percent of the homicides in Miami this year have been committed with assault weapons. The number was 18 percent in 2006, up from just 4 percent in 2004, The Herald reported.


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  • Dave56: "Yep tighter gun laws that'll do it.
    Why don't they just ban crime?
    Liberals must think criminals obey the law.
    Gun control only disarms people who obey the law and has no effect on criminals except to make their job safer.
    How about this, pass conceal and carry laws and watch crime rates plummet.
    "
    How about this, pass conceal and carry laws and
    watch crime rates plummet.??? BULLSHIT

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  • Yep tighter gun laws that'll do it.
    Why don't they just ban crime?
    Liberals must think criminals obey the law.
    Gun control only disarms people who obey the law and has no effect on criminals except to make their job safer.
    How about this, pass conceal and carry laws and watch crime rates plummet.

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  • need a bloody EDIT BUTTON !!!!!!

    15 and OVER.

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  • You want to see a grapefruit sized wound, try getting hit with a 12-gauge slug or a .338 Lapua, both of which are 'sporting' calibers...the 7.62x39 isn't exactly a high power cartridge.

    I guess i don't understand why there seems to be so much focus on the method of committing the crime (or in this case the cosmetics) and so little on the motive and ineffectiveness of current laws/controls to prevent them.

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  • Consider the case of Washington, D.C. In the five years before Washington's ban in 1976, the murder rate fell from 37 to 27 per 100,000. In the five years after the ban went into effect, the murder rate rose back up to 35. In fact, while murder rates have fluctuated after 1976, only once have they fallen below what they were that year. Robberies and overall violent-crime rates followed the same trend: Robberies fell from 1,514 to 1,003 per 100,000 leasing up to 1976, and then rose by over 63 per More..

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  • Resign Chiefy. You're making yourself irrelevant by railing on the 2A.

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  • odd hearing this from a canadian (not saying i disagree though)

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  • fuck the police, no offense though, they are a friend until they take away your guns for no reason, so fuck'em I'll die with a rifle between my hands.

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  • "How about this, pass conceal and carry laws and
    watch crime rates plummet."

    If a criminal in the street knows that his victim is unarmed, then he is an easy target. Go after an armed citizen, they are dead. Another thing, if a person doesn't have a gun he will use a knife look at Britain. HA HA>

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  • Actually, crime rates initially went down after the passage of the conceal and carry law. It's interesting to note that in Switzerland, every household has a military rifle, but shootings are extremely rare. It's a cultural problem in the US.

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  • Punch_The_Monkey: "Actually, crime rates initially went down after the passage of the conceal and carry law. It's interesting to note that in Switzerland, every household has a military rifle, but shootings are extremely rare. It's a cultural problem in the US."
    i have often heard that canadians enjoy a higher per capita gun ratio than the us. wonder what else might be the deciding factor?

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  • Punch_The_Monkey: "Actually, crime rates initially went down after the passage of the conceal and carry law. It's interesting to note that in Switzerland, every household has a military rifle, but shootings are extremely rare. It's a cultural problem in the US."
    Agreed 100%. Short article, not an unbiased source, but at least provides some info:

    http://www.theblessingsofliberty.com/articles/article11.html

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  • REDARMY: "
    Dave56: "Yep tighter gun laws that'll do it.
    Why don't they just ban crime?
    Liberals must think criminals obey the law.
    Gun control only disarms people who obey the law and has no effect on criminals except to make their job safer.
    How about this, pass conceal and carry laws and watch crime rates plummet.
    "
    How about this, pass conceal and carry laws and
    watch crime rates plummet.??? BULLSHIT"
    No it's not Bull$hit,if it is prove it.
    Everywhere conceal and carry la More..

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  • If the police stopped playing nice guy with armed criminals, then crime would plummet. They could also do the 'yellow line' like in Italy. People would stop fucking around once they see thier homey get ripped to pieces legally. Libs are so selfish, and as the saying goes...
    ... a lock only keeps an honest person out.

    Criminals are going to do whatever they want. Where I live (sadly) gangs run the streets. There just arent enough police. However, if I went out one night and 'cleaned up More..

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  • When the next Civil war starts,you boys will need those guns...

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  • Punch_The_Monkey: "Actually, crime rates initially went down after the passage of the conceal and carry law. It's interesting to note that in Switzerland, every household has a military rifle, but shootings are extremely rare. It's a cultural problem in the US."
    You're right. It is a cultural problem in the US. That particular cultural problem is rich elites who want guns outlawed for us "little people" while conveniently having them available for themselves and their bo More..

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  • try clearing a non violent felons arrest record after so many years clean so he can get a good paying job to support his family?

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  • yep...call before you stop by my house...the dogs let me know someones on the road and I see visiters before they even know if I'm home...yes I own several firearms

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  • lmao.. My opinion is to force every person age 15 to carry a firearm at all times . Not a choice.

    Pretty much gareente crime would plummet and people would think twice before being rude to another.

    "A armed society is a polite society"
    Robert A. Heinlein

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  • What a crock. All the ban did was invent thumb hole stocks and 5 round easily changed magazines. The second amendment is so we can keep the gov reasonably fearful of abusing us any worse than it already does.

    Stop the drug war and gangs will have no money for a good knife let alone a decent rifle.

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