Thou Hypocrite, First Cast Out the Beam Out of Thine Own Eye

Alas! I have been severely, severely! taken to task by Robert Stacy McCain for one of my failures!

Mr McCain’s story:

Aspiring Rapper Update: ‘Slowkey Fred’ Busted for Philly Gun Trafficking Ring

by Robert Stacy McCain | Wednesday, April 13, 2022

More federal felony charges than he’s got hit records:

An Atlanta rapper is one of 11 people facing federal charges in connection with an alleged straw-purchasing scheme that trafficked hundreds of guns from Georgia to Philadelphia.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced nearly 300 firearms purchased in Georgia from dozens of gun retailers to Fredrick Norman — aka “Slowkey Fred” — and three other suspects, after some were found at crime scenes and in the possession of convicted felons in Philadelphia, according to records and interviews with federal law enforcement.

In an interview with ATF agents in 2020, one of the suspects, Brianna Walker, admitted to buying 50 to 60 guns in order to sell them without a dealer’s license, according to a search warrant affidavit — a violation of federal law. Norman allegedly admitted to buying more than 100, according to federal records.

The federal investigation expanded to include 11 suspects in Georgia and Pennsylvania, all of whom face a conspiracy charge. Kenneth Burgos, 23, and Edwin Burgos, 29 — brothers accused of brokering sales in Pennsylvania — are also charged with dealing firearms without a license, officials said.

In addition to “Slowkey Fred” and the Burgos brothers, the suspects in this interstate gun-trafficking operations also included:

  • Brianna Walker a/k/a “Mars, 23, of Atlanta, GA;
  • Charles O’Bannon a/k/a “Chizzy,” 24, of Villa Rica, GA;
  • Stephen Norman, 23, of Villa Rica, GA;
  • Devin Church a/k/a “Lant,” 24, of Villa Rica, GA;
  • Roger Millington, 25, of Philadelphia, PA;
  • Ernest Payton, 30, of Philadelphia, PA;
  • Roselmy Rodriguez, 22, of Philadelphia, PA; and
  • Brianna Reed, 21, of Shippensburg, PA.

You can read the rest at Mr McCain’s original.

In my defense, not only did I have two family functions yesterday, but The Philadelphia Inquirer, the nation’s third oldest continuously published daily newspaper, while it still has a three-day-old story about Daniel Whiteman, 36, having been arrested for using a 3D printer to manufacture parts for ‘ghost guns’, had nothing on this story.

I have thus far been unable to find a mugshot of Mr Whiteman, though I suspect he has been appropriately surnamed, but it is not much of a surprise to me that the Inquirer would not be all that motivated to publish a story about defendants named Muhammad Ware, Haneef and Jabreel Vaughn, Roselmy Rodriguez, two separate chicks named Brianna, or a “rapper” faux named “Slowbrain Slowkey Fred”. To do that would be to perpetuate stereotypes about who commits crimes in the city.

The Inquirer even had, on its website main page, a blurb leading to this story:

Subway attack adds to fears that New York City has grown dangerous

The attack will intensify the disquiet among New Yorkers about violence in the nation’s largest city, including an increasing number of shootings and rising crime in the subways.

by Emmanuel Felton and Joanna Slater, Washington Post | Wednesday, April 13, 2022

NEW YORK — When Nick Laforte heard about Tuesday morning’s shooting at the 36th Street subway station, he first thought of his wife and daughter. Each day, they board the train at that very stop, one bound for Manhattan and the other heading further into Brooklyn.

After a spike of fear, Laforte was relieved to learn both women were safe. But the incident left him deeply uneasy. “It feels like things are getting out of control,” said Laforte, a retiree and Brooklyn native: “I love New York, there’s no place like this.” Still, for the first time, he found himself thinking about leaving.

Tuesday’s shooting in Brooklyn was a commuter’s worst nightmare, with panicked riders fleeing a subway car full of smoke and gunfire. According to local hospitals, nearly 30 people were treated for injuries, 10 of them with gunshot wounds.

The attack will intensify the disquiet among New Yorkers about violence in the nation’s largest city, including an increasing number of shootings and rising crime in the subways, the city’s lifeblood.

There’s more at the original, and here’s the link to The Washington Post’s original, in case the Inquirer’s paywall stops you. But it’s sadly humorous that the Inquirer would be telling us how much more dangerous the Big Apple has become: New York City had seen, through April 10th, 101 murders, compared to 116 on the same date in 2021.

Through the same date, Palm Sunday, the City of Brotherly Love had seen 129 homicides, compared to 138 on the same date in 2021. But while New York City has an estimated population of 8,177,025, Philadelphia has an estimated 1,585,480 residents. With 5.16 times Philly’s population, NYC has seen 28 fewer murders.

In 2021, New York saw 488 total homicides, compared to Philly’s 562. In 2021, NYC’s homicide rate was 5.97 per 100,000 population, while Philly’s was 35.46 per 100,000. Philadelphians were facing a homicide rate 5.94 times that of New Yorkers! Of course, as we already know, and as the Inquirer has admitted, in very internally segregated Philadelphia, you aren’t in that much danger if you are a non-Hispanic white or Asian. Through the first ten days of April, there have been 68 shootings in Philly; 57 of the victims were black, 9 were listed as Latino white, and two were non-Hispanic white. New York City’s subway passengers are a far more diverse and integrated population.

Leave it to the Inquirer to highlight the violence in other cities!

Matthew 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

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