The guns that don’t make the headlines – one at a time
Two weeks ago, a man drove from his home in Venango Township, Pennsylvania, to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, where he valet his 2017 black BMW and booked a room for the night. Upon a tip-off, the authorities checked the man’s vehicle and clearly saw a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle and 90 rounds of ammunition. There was a Glock in the unlocked glove compartment.
Predictably, the downtown people lost it. Just imagine: all that firepower near President Trump’s posh hotel and his White House apartment.
The mayor called a press conference to reassure the nation that the situation was okay. The DC Police Chief went to the microphones to publicly thank the tipster for helping to “bring a potentially tragic situation to a peaceful end”.
It turns out that the guns at the Trump Hotel are legally owned by Bryan Moles, a licensed medical doctor and former Marine. Moles had been released on trial so he could travel to Atlanta to be examined at a veterans facility. However, he was arrested this week for violating his pre-trial release conditions after engaging in behavior that worried prosecutors.
The reaction from downtown was understandable. The thought of deadly weapons where they don’t belong is unsettling – even though the White House and Trump’s hotel are knee-deep safe.
For the rest of the district, it’s a different world, with as many weapons as the air.
However, these weapons are located in parts of the city where the political and social elites do not live, work or play. These guns rarely hit the headlines unless they go in someone’s face or are recovered by the police.
Otherwise they share a quiet, deadly coexistence with the community.
Here is a simple recitation of bloodless facts about our gun world as recorded in DC police reports that identify illegal firearms that have been found across town since Moles’ gun stash was discovered on May 31st.
Repeated, boring reading? Don’t skip it. Record them – one at a time.
Wednesday May 31st
A black and brown Hawes Western Marshal Model .357 caliber revolver.
A black .38 caliber Charter Arms revolver.
Thursday June 1st
A black H&R Model 732, caliber .32 revolver.
A black hi-point 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
A silver and black Smith & Wesson SD40 VE, caliber .40.
Friday June 2nd
A black Keltec Model P11, 9mm pistol.
A black Taurus Model PT 24/7 OSSD, .45 caliber pistol.
A black and silver Glock 23, .40 caliber handgun.
A black and green Bersa Thunder, Compact model, semi-automatic pistol .380 caliber.
A black, SAR B6P, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol.
A silver Ruger .357 caliber revolver.
A black Star Firestar, 9mm semi-automatic pistol
A black Remington model 1911, caliber .45.
A black Glock 43, 9mm.
A black Palmetto State Armory AR-15 rifle, 5.56mm.
Saturday 3rd June
A black Hi-Point, model CF-380, semi-automatic pistol .38 caliber.
A black Ekol Voltran P29, 9mm.
Sunday 4th June
A black HWM .38 caliber revolver.
A black Glock 22, .40 caliber handgun.
A black and silver Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol.
Monday 5th June
A Franchi Affinity 12 caliber semi-automatic shotgun.
Tuesday June 6th
The 12-gauge Brazilian company for shotgun shells.
A .25 caliber Melior handgun.
A .25 caliber FIE Titan.
A .357 Taurus revolver.
A 9mm Taurus 709 slim pistol.
Wednesday June 7th
A 9mm Glock 19 and on another scene
A 9mm Glock 19.
A .22 caliber Davis D22 Derringer.
A 9mm SCCY CPX-1 CBPK handgun.
Thursday June 8th
A 9mm Jimenez JA Nine pistol.
A 9mm Springfield Arms Model XD pistol.
A 7.62x39mm rifle, make or model of unknown make.
Friday June 9th
A .380 caliber Taurus PT738 pistol.
A .22 caliber Winchester Model 190 pump action rifle.
A 12-gauge Winchester Model 37 shotgun.
A .380 caliber Ruger LCP.
A 9 mm Taurus PT709.
A 9mm Glock 17 pistol.
A 9mm Springfield Arms XD-S pistol.
Saturday June 10th
A Bersa Thunder pistol in .380 caliber.
A 9mm SCCY CPX-1 handgun.
A Ruger P345 in .45 caliber.
Sunday June 11th
A black and silver .40 caliber Smith and Wesson.
A 9mm Sig Sauer pistol.
A black 9mm Ruger LC9s pistol.
A black Ruger pistol in .22 caliber.
Nearly 1,900 illegal weapons were seized in the district last year.
Not counting, however, are the illegal weapons that are hidden in trouser pockets, waistbands, under mattresses, in drains, trunks, etc., and are just waiting to be put into service.
They are many times higher than those found by the cops.
Bryan Moles, his guns, ammunition and the Trump Hotel?
If only the rest of the city could get half of that attention.
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