NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly lies about past NY gun confiscation on national radio
By Martin Hill
January 20, 2013
On Geraldo Rivera's nationally syndicated radio show January 18, 2013, Geraldo conducted separate interviews with Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America [GunOwners.org] and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, in addition to several others: The MP3 download of the episode is available at WABC for free:
"Happy Friday! ...guns are are still on the mind of everyone in America. Geraldo discusses this and more with John King, NYPD Commissioner Kelly, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Bill Kristol, Suze Orman, Laurie Dhue, Larry Pratt and more on today's show!"
The relevant segment with Kelly starts at minute 46. Geraldo begins lauding Kelly by mentioning his recent approval rating of 75%, the highest rating ever. Kelly points out that his "stop and frisk" policy, which he has been sued for, is "a lifesaving practice," ADDING "I'm sued every day, but we're going to continue to do the right thing." Kelly says he supports President Obama's agenda on guns but notes "it's going to be a heavy lift in Congress." The 72-year-old Kelly, a former Bill Clinton appointee, then denies any knowledge of door to door gun confiscations which took place under his watch.
Geraldo: "You now have the toughest gun law in the nation in New York state. I just had Larry Pratt the president of Gun Owners of America on board. He says the NYPD is gonna start confiscating these illegal weapons. He conjured up an image from 30 years ago, he says, of cops going door to door without warrants and getting people's guns and confiscating their guns. Did that ever happen, will that happen?
Kelly: "No. No. I don't know where he's getting that from. There's certainly no, no direction in the legislation to, uh, do anything like that. It's- people have to register their weapons, and they won't be able to purchase them in New York. But you know quite frankly our problem stems from out of state. Doesn't stem from people buying guns in New York for he most part. 90% of the guns we confiscate are coming from out of state. They're coming up the iron pipeline on I95. So you know, this is not the panacea. Tough guns laws in New York State? Hey. Okay, we're moving in the right direction. But unless we have a comprehensive federal approach to the problem we're still gonna have it. We have you know, anywhere from 250 to 300 million guns abroad in America, those guns are still gonna be there and cops are still gonna be the ones that face them.
In reality, the exact such door-to-door gun confiscations that Kelly denied ever hearing of took place while Kelly was the First Deputy Police Commissioner in New York, and were even reported in mainstream news. At the time, Kelly had been Deputy Commissioner for two years and this was less than one month before Kelly was appointed as the head police commissioner. So Kelly, according to his own testimony, is either grossly incompetent and ignorant as to what his own department does, or he is blatantly lying to the public and bearing false witness.
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