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Posted: 5/13/2004 7:45:56 AM EST
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Lightning Bolts and Thunder: How the AK-47 Came to Rule the Streets

Commentary, By Nino Brown,
Pacific News Service, May 12, 2004


Editor's Note: There are practical reasons why AK-47s are the weapon of choice for young gangstas on the streets of San Francisco. PNS contributor Nino Brown, 27, explains the gradual evolution from small pistols to large assault rifles in the inner city.

SAN FRANCISCO--I got my first gun when I was 12. It was a .32 automatic, a small pistol no bigger than the palm of your hand. This guy would come around the neighborhood every three weeks with a backpack full of pistols and sell them for $25 each.

Eventually he stopped coming around and we had to get our guns elsewhere, which wasn't too hard growing up in the Fillmore and the Tenderloin, inner city neighborhoods. My first "big" gun was a .357 Magnum, a revolver close to 12 inches long that sounds like thunder when it's fired. My mom found it and took it away.

Between the ages of 12 and 18 I came across so many pistols that it was second nature to have one on me. One day when I was about 14, a police sergeant saw me drinking a beer on the street. He's patting me down, and through the whole thing I'm thinking, "What if he finds the pistol?" I had a .45 caliber under my waistband in the small of my back. He missed it.

After that, I stopped holding guns for a while. But later that year something happened that made me start holding full time.

It was nighttime, and almost all the hommiez was outside kickin' it on the block. An old man came out of the building, stopped and posted up against the wall, right in the middle of us all. It was night but he was wearing black sunglasses and some kind of army outfit.

The next thing I know he pulls out what looked like a 9mm Beretta and opens fire. I was stuck for a few seconds watching this dude shoot at my hommiez. Then I reached into the small of my back for my gun -- and it wasn't there.

"Damn, I'm dead." I thought.

The shooter finished unloading one clip, ejected it, came out with another clip, loaded it, cocked a round into the chamber and looked at me and two other guys still sitting there. We got up to run, but one of the guys was hit in the lower back and fell down. The guy next to me stopped to help him and got shot in the leg. I stopped to check on him but he just screamed, "run lil' nigga, get outta here." I ran and hid in a nearby doorway.

After that incident, I stayed strapped.

Of all the guns I've had over the years, my favorite was a sawed-off shotgun with a pistol grip. I kept the barrel of it in my pants pocket. I'd put the handle under my armpit, which made me walk with a gangsterish limp. It was either walk with my shoulder hunched up 10 inches higher than the rest of my body or walk like a gangsta. I walked like a gangsta.

In the mid-'80s the gun of choice on the streets was the Uzi 9mm, a small submachine gun able to hold 30 to 60 rounds. With a longer clip the gun tended to jam. In a shooting battle that could mean death, so people soon switched to the Glock 9mm and the .45 caliber.

Bulletproof vests became a hot commodity to defend against these small handheld pistols, until some genius invented hollow-point bullets. Police upgraded their vests, but then someone laced the hollow points with Teflon and silicone, creating bullets known as "Cop Killers."

The latest weapon of choice on the streets, the one getting all the attention today, is the Russian Kalashnikov, or AK-47 -- a large assault rifle capable of holding 100 rounds in one clip. On the streets it's called a street-sweeper, because anything it hits gets swept away. Cars and trucks are turned into Swiss cheese -- imagine what this weapon does to human beings.

Why is this gun the gun of choice? Simple. Let's say you have a shotgun, or a snub-nose .38, or a Glock 9mm. I have a rapid-fire, handheld cannon (the AK-47). When you run out of bullets, I'm just getting started. You can't hide. I'm the equivalent of seven well-armed hunters; you're a sitting duck. You've got a pellet gun; I've got lightning bolts and thunder.

I've never shot an AK-47, but I have had, and shot, a Mac 90, which is a very close knock-off. I think that both guns aren't good weapons to carry around unless you're about to go to war against a large group of people.

Some people think that banning assault rifles will somehow stop them from circulating in "our" society. But even with the current ban, you can still buy an AK-47 on the streets. The same is true for almost any gun, big or small.

Brown, whose name has been changed, writes for YO! Youth Outlook, a magazine by and for Bay Area youths, and a PNS project.

Link Posted: 5/13/2004 7:48:19 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/13/2004 7:51:33 AM EST by photoman]
It's a dupe.

ETA when you really read it, it's more anti-AWB/BS gun laws than it is anti-gun. Look what the guy does. He says see this is how we got guns, we bought them cheap from a guy on the street. We did not buy them at a gunshopw or from a dealer, because we were to young and dumb too. Than he goes on to say some fucking totaly BS shit about cop killer bullets and the AK. But if you notice he writes this.


I've never shot an AK-47, but I have had, and shot, a Mac 90, which is a very close knock-off. I think that both guns aren't good weapons to carry around unless you're about to go to war against a large group of people.

Some people think that banning assault rifles will somehow stop them from circulating in "our" society. But even with the current ban, you can still buy an AK-47 on the streets. The same is true for almost any gun, big or small.




See if the anti's could make the connection they might see that many gunlaws that were passed for the children still don't do shit for the children. And that the laws are BS and not working to boot. But they can;t make that connection
Link Posted: 5/13/2004 7:52:43 AM EST
My first:

IBTL

Dupe thread
Link Posted: 5/13/2004 8:31:45 AM EST
It's amazing that this ghetto goblin manages to articulate his story just like one except for when it comes to the 'talking points' phrases that are the darlings of the Anti-Gun crowd.

Total Propaganda Piece, and this dude is whiter than David Duke.

Dave
Link Posted: 5/13/2004 8:45:35 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/13/2004 8:49:53 AM EST
Written by a drug crazed crack fiend?
Link Posted: 5/13/2004 8:57:34 AM EST

Originally Posted By Aimless:

Originally Posted By TheOtherDave:
It's amazing that this ghetto goblin manages to articulate his story just like one except for when it comes to the 'talking points' phrases that are the darlings of the Anti-Gun crowd.

Total Propaganda Piece, and this dude is whiter than David Duke.

Dave

In the other thread someone said he's some rapper. Google the name and you do get sites about some rap guy-I lost interest before clicking on them though.




Nino Brown is a rapper yes but this ain;t him. Nino Brown is also the name of wesly snipes charecter in New Jack City.
Link Posted: 5/13/2004 9:03:49 AM EST
Do some people read a thread and then cut&paste it into another one? WTF
IBTL
Link Posted: 5/13/2004 9:04:16 AM EST


Some people think that banning assault rifles will somehow stop them from circulating in "our" society. But even with the current ban, you can still buy an AK-47 on the streets. The same is true for almost any gun, big or small.



In closing his article, he makes an excellent point that is grossly ignored by the entire AWB crowd. Atleast he gets it.
Link Posted: 5/13/2004 9:04:49 AM EST
Oh, I bet he's just ghetto fabulous with his sawed off pistol grip shotgun.
Link Posted: 5/13/2004 9:05:24 AM EST
Anyone want to bet that it wasn't written by a gangsta? Probably a white dude who lives in the suburbs who hates guns.
Link Posted: 5/13/2004 9:11:13 AM EST

Originally Posted By pathfinder74:
Do some people read a thread and then cut&paste it into another one? WTF
IBTL



Sorry for offending you. I frequently read through the first few pages of the GD, but I guess I missed this one.
Link Posted: 5/13/2004 9:14:50 AM EST
Ok, so which one of you guys was the man in military clothes and sunglasses at night?
Link Posted: 5/13/2004 9:15:59 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/13/2004 9:30:41 AM EST
that essay is
Link Posted: 5/13/2004 9:47:59 AM EST
Next time you see the 'writer' tell him Ron Jeremy says:




BigDozer66
Link Posted: 5/13/2004 9:48:40 AM EST
Gangsta..more like Wanksta

total B.S. IMHO being a reformed street thug...
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