State Police Arrest Teenager Armed wi...

State Police Arrest Teenager Armed with Assault Rifle

There are 93 comments on the Hartford Courant story from May 14, 2008, titled State Police Arrest Teenager Armed with Assault Rifle. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

A 16-year-old boy is scheduled to appear in court today on charges that he fired an AK-47 at a group playing basketball behind a church on Providence Road, state police said.

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News watcher II

Manchester, CT

#2 May 14, 2008
There is a problem here!
sjm

Plymouth, MN

#4 May 14, 2008
For under $1,000, you can buy an AK-47 variant that is SEMI-automatic and they are perfectly legal to purchase - by those who can (felons can't).

This article fails to indicate if the rifle was a semi-automatic or an automatic version. I DOUBT VERY MUCH that it was the auto version - almost impossible to get even illegally on the street I would think.

I find it amusing that the government ban back in 1993 targeted "assault weapons" simply because they "looked" mean. There really is no other explanation to their actions other than "feel good" legislation.

This guy should be locked up for a very long time and the owner of the firearm should be locked up too, if he or she provided the shooter with easy access to it.
hartfordisadisas ter

Hartford, CT

#5 May 14, 2008
Undoubtedly the "he was being bullied" defense will be used here.
linda

Newington, CT

#6 May 14, 2008
use him for target practice.
mad as hell

Vernon Rockville, CT

#7 May 14, 2008
the parents are toally responsible on this one.to let this moron have a weapon is beyond me.parents need to stop trying to be a friend to their children.i'm old school,i would check into their rooms for anything suspicious,i don't care what people me say in this case...MY HOUSE MY RULES.thank god no one was hurt.
whoa is you

Meriden, CT

#8 May 14, 2008
mad as hell wrote:
the parents are toally responsible on this one.to let this moron have a weapon is beyond me.parents need to stop trying to be a friend to their children.i'm old school,i would check into their rooms for anything suspicious,i don't care what people me say in this case...MY HOUSE MY RULES.thank god no one was hurt.
How are you so sure that this is the case? You sound like you know the family.
Meh

Manchester, CT

#9 May 14, 2008
butane wrote:
Proof that banning guns doesn't work. AK-47's have been illegal in CT as part of the 1993 Federal Assault Weapons Ban written into state law.
Not really. There's lots of Kalashnikov lookalikes out there that are sold in the US in semi-automatic models. I highly doubt this was a legitimate Kalashnikov.

I think that the exact model of firearm is irrelevant, anyway. This could have been a 50 year old lever action hunting long rifle just as well.

It's the action of the individual that is the problem. If we didn't have firearms, people would just resort to knives and whatever else they can use as weapons. Trying to remove the tool doesn't resolve the real problem- a person wants to injure or kill another.
ewk

Providence, RI

#10 May 14, 2008
This kid has an anger management problem BIG TIME. Better get some close scrutiny, help, etc before somebody gets killed and many lives are ruined. I give that kid at the basketball court a heck of a lot of credit for disarming him. This incident had a very lucky outcome (maybe because they were at a Church)This kid has issues to say the least. Judicial system/DCF better take a close look at the family as well--how did he get this weapon.
chuck twopointoh

Newington, CT

#11 May 14, 2008
Is it just me, or doesn't it seem strange that a teenager had access to a AK-47? I mean, a handgun or shotgun is a home defense weapon, a rifle is a hunting weapon, but an AK-47?

I think part of the investigation should focus on how this young person got a hold of that much firepower.
CT Luver

Fond Du Lac, WI

#12 May 14, 2008
Even if he was being bullied, does this make it ok to break out a gun? He was not cornered nor defending himself from imminent harm. He was able to walk away, think about a response, make critical decisions and act on these decisions.

Sorry, bullying defense doesn't fly with me!
Susie

Guilford, CT

#13 May 14, 2008
Parenting?

Birth Control??
New Britain

Berlin, CT

#14 May 14, 2008
whoa is you wrote:
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How are you so sure that this is the case? You sound like you know the family.
He is absolutely correct. You don't need to know the family to comment on this one. The parents should be held responssible.
Execute Him

Plymouth, MN

#15 May 14, 2008
Anger management problem??? Are you kidding me? This punk could have easily killed or maimed these other kids. As far as I'm concerned, he's used up his chances at living in our society and should be immediately executed.
ewk

Providence, RI

#16 May 14, 2008
Execute Him wrote:
Anger management problem??? Are you kidding me? This punk could have easily killed or maimed these other kids. As far as I'm concerned, he's used up his chances at living in our society and should be immediately executed.
Oh right, I forgot how our society works. That's why we execute all the murderers and rapists in our society. It may be a good fantasy but that is not reality. Suggest something plausible
Moonbat Hunter

Charlotte, NC

#17 May 14, 2008
Real AK-47 or not, lots of comments above by people who didn't even pass the internet Bar Exam for being "I'm not a lawyers."

CT has it's own feel-good, do-nothing assault weapons ban (with grandfathering provisions and restriction were grandfathered weapons may be fired) seperate from federal laws. And it's way, way older then 2003.
Psychotic Hamster

Avon, CT

#18 May 14, 2008
This kid and his parents need prison and shock treatment. I thought I was nuts!
know your weapons

Newington, CT

#19 May 14, 2008
sjm wrote:
For under $1,000, you can buy an AK-47 variant that is SEMI-automatic and they are perfectly legal to purchase - by those who can (felons can't).
This article fails to indicate if the rifle was a semi-automatic or an automatic version. I DOUBT VERY MUCH that it was the auto version - almost impossible to get even illegally on the street I would think.
I find it amusing that the government ban back in 1993 targeted "assault weapons" simply because they "looked" mean. There really is no other explanation to their actions other than "feel good" legislation.
This guy should be locked up for a very long time and the owner of the firearm should be locked up too, if he or she provided the shooter with easy access to it.
the AK-47 is a weapon, not a hunting rifle. The problem with it is that it holds 30+ rounds. There is no way you need 30 rounds to hunt. Hunter's rarely get a second shot, never mind a twentysecond shot.

Be reasonable here people. It is a reasonable compromise to ban weapons that carry that many rounds.

No new law needed, but the supplier of that weapon should be held partially accountable and have their weapons taken as they are not responsible enough to own them.

US Army vet here. I like shooting too, but let's be reasonable.
know your weapons

Newington, CT

#20 May 14, 2008
CT Luver wrote:
Even if he was being bullied, does this make it ok to break out a gun? He was not cornered nor defending himself from imminent harm. He was able to walk away, think about a response, make critical decisions and act on these decisions.
Sorry, bullying defense doesn't fly with me!
from someone that was bullied, if nobody listens to you - you are forced to take action yourself. It is obvious the kid took it too far, but bullying can drive the victom into doing some crazy things. No excuses for the kid, but if we are to solve issues like this, we have to address all the causes.
ewk

Providence, RI

#21 May 14, 2008
know your weapons wrote:
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from someone that was bullied, if nobody listens to you - you are forced to take action yourself. It is obvious the kid took it too far, but bullying can drive the victom into doing some crazy things. No excuses for the kid, but if we are to solve issues like this, we have to address all the causes.
No where does it say this kid was bullied. Life is full of disappointmentss and rude people. This kid needs to adjust and accept that. That is life (not bullying) Pulling out an AK47 assault rifle is demented behavior whether he was bullied or not and no where in this article does it say this person was bullied.
Snake Pliskin

Belleville, MI

#22 May 14, 2008
The AK is a symbol of the people's revolution! If it is good enough for Mozambique's flag, it is good enough for this guy!

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