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Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:52 AM

14. I have a pretty decent idea of what "this should tell those states"

Namely that there's a demand for illegal firearms in Massachusetts, and that there are unscrupulous (though fortunately not too smart) individuals prepared to fulfill that demand.
According to court documents, Paulino later told police that he dealt drugs and had met Vital to buy two ounces of marijuana for $500.

Evidently, there's also a demand for marijuana in Massachusetts, and there are unscrupulous (though fortunately not too smart) individuals prepared to fulfill that demand as well. Sometimes, they're the same people.

Deputy Chief Upton is engaging in typical "supply-driven" thinking, i.e. thinking that the number of guns "on the street" drives the crime rate, rather than drawing what would be the correct conclusion, namely that the number of guns "on the street" is driven by demand for them among the criminal element, or at least, demand perceived by a would-be supplier. Messrs Vital and Gustave wouldn't have been carrying that many handguns if they didn't think they could sell them to somebody. Rather than patting himself and his department on the back for essentially just getting lucky, Upton might want to ask himself where Vital and Gustave were hoping to flog those pieces, and who wanted them.

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