Former California State Senator Leland Yee (D) needed cash to fund his reelection bid, so Yee, one of the most vociferously anti-gun politicians in Sacramento, decided to turn a quick profit by offering favorable legislation for several special interests and agreeing to act as an intermediary between his San Francisco Chinatown contacts to traffic fully automatic assault rifles from the Philippines into the United States in exchange for campaign contributions.
Yee pleaded guilty to racketeering charges.
Yee somehow got swept up into a racketeering investigation (Possibly by association with a fund raiser and consultant who was associated with the Che Kung Tong) concerning Hong Kong born “Shrimp Boy” Raymond Chow, who was at the pinnacle of the Chee Kung Tong, was a member of the Hop Sing Boys street gang and had contacts with a Hong Kong Triad (Chinese organized crime) which traffics in drugs, military grade arms, and humans and has an established presence in the United States.
There are a number of Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China based triads who smuggle weapons out of China, Russia and Viet Nam with the assistance of the Russian Mafia, who are paid off with shipments of heroin. Many of the serial numbers are unrecorded and untraceable. Those trafficked weapons show up all over the world and those triads have an established presence in the United States.
A lot of the black market arms trade originates in eastern European, former Soviet bloc countries. A fully automatic AK47 can be obtained in illicit arms soaked Africa for about $50.00.
There is a flourishing smuggling trade to the United States of Asian third world, garage manufactured knock offs of semi automatic pistols complete with bogus serial numbers, which has the benefit of not being traced to straw buyers or thefts. Such “clean” pistols sell for several times over the market value of legitimate firearms. In sophisticated criminal circles, the more a weapon is used and therefore identifiable by ballistic “finger prints”, the less value it has. Many of those weapons are then sold to gun runners and smuggled to Mexico.
The majority of non-suicide gun deaths in America are a part of the drug trade and associated criminality, most commonly in low employment, high poverty communities dominated by politicians with a (D) behind their title and name.
There are quite a number of global criminal organizations with established presence in the United States which traffic in drugs, military grade armaments and humans, many which are rarely heard of by the general public. These include, but certainly aren't limited to: United Bamboo, Bamboo Union, Brother's Circle, 'Ndraghheta, Camorra, and more. They are everywhere and often make deals and cooperate with one another.
The second amendment could be trampled into oblivion, every legally obtained firearm could be confiscated, ammunition cost could otherwise be inflated to $5,000.00 a bullet for legal use, one could could jump through bureaucratic flaming hoops while reciting a random selection of one of Obama's long winded speeches from memory to demonstrate his social “suitability” to possess a firearm, and the criminal element will still be able to kill the profane and innocent alike because guns and cheap ammunition will still be available to them via international gun running.
Otherwise, the sensational mass killings, such as Sandy Hook and the rest were uncommon before the 1990's, yet the mentally ill and socially disaffected have always been among us. So, we have to ask ourselves “what has changed in our society that has given those people permission to do such things and how do we fix it?” The answer probably involves issues the progressive-socialist fold just won't want to discuss, because it would involve airing both unintended and intended consequences of their applied agenda.
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