Gun Out Of Control

WASHINGTON — Two guns used in high-profile shootings this year at the Pentagon and a Las Vegas courthouse both came from the same unlikely place — the Memphis police and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and court system.

Law enforcement officials said both guns were once seized in criminal cases in Memphis. The officials described how the weapons made their separate ways from an evidence vault to gun dealers and to the shooters. The use of guns that once were in police custody and were later involved in attacks on police officers highlights a little-known divide in gun policy in the United States: Many cities and states destroy guns gathered in criminal probes, but others sell or trade the weapons in order to get other guns or buy equipment such as bulletproof vests.

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8 Responses to “Gun Out Of Control”

  1. I’ll bet you’ll still be getting comments on this one six months from now.

  2. aside from the (obviously relevant) subject matter, TIME’s choice of pop art for their cover medium is quite curious…disturbing and compelling. does the article explore ‘the gun’ in a greater cultural context as well? this choice of cover would seem to hint at that

    • christian Says:

      It’s a very Lichtenstein pop art cover, completley emblematic of the period. I like the stark simplicity and comic book drama.

      • absolutely. perhaps the most striking part of the composition for me is the simple yet profound ‘smoking gun’ graphic, the yellow ribbons/tendrils of smoke so vivid as to draw the eye inexorably upward to the obscured title font. some nifty symbolism at work in the cover art

  3. That cover is dated June 21, 1968 about a week or so after RFK was assassinated here in L.A. which only adds to the gruesome “pop art” aspect of that cover.

    • thanks for that, bob, i can’t read the date on the top right corner, too small and fuzzy w/out my reading glasses, which i now need for very small print, yikes

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