Well, it looks like Massachusetts’s tough gun laws didn’t do a whole lot of good in the case of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Niether Tamerlan nor Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had legal gun permits, yet they engaged police in a massive shootout, killed one police officer, and wounded another.
A Massachusetts police official say the brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon before having shootouts with authorities didn’t have gun permits.
Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas tells The Associated Press in an interview Sunday that neither Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) nor his brother Dzhokhar had permission to carry firearms.
He says it’s unclear whether either ever applied and the applications aren’t considered public records.
But he says the 19-year-old Dzhokhar (joh-KHAR’) would have been denied a permit because of his age. Only people 21 or older are allowed gun licenses in Massachusetts.
In 1998, Massachusetts passed what was, at the time, the most restrictive gun laws in the country. Since then, the violent crime rate in the Commonwealth has skyrocketed.
As I have mentioned before, the only people who were inhibited by Massachusetts’s gun laws were the innocent civilians who were locked in their homes with no means to protect themselves.