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Armed criminal gangs in Baltimore City have recognized the online shopping boom. They’re giving up on robbing brick and mortar stores and have now opted to hijack or rob delivery service vehicles.

Just this week alone, there’s been a series of mail and package delivery drivers targeted in lawless Baltimore City. 

According to FOX45 News, the first incident occurred on Monday along Mosher Street, in west Baltimore, an area known for criminal gangs, widespread homicides, and out of control opioid crisis. Imagine that.

Investigators said armed suspects hijacked a USPS mail carrier. The van was recovered hours later, but it appears the suspects were able to loot it. No PS5 for little Timmy this year.

USPS is offering a $50,000 reward for any information about the gang involved.

A second incident occurred Tuesday evening at Mary Avenue in northeast Baltimore. A UPS driver had their truck stolen and has since been recovered. 

One can’t help but wonder if the drivers are in on the caper.

On Wednesday night, investigators say an Amazon delivery van was targeted along Highland Avenue in east Baltimore. Police say the Amazon worker was able to prevent the armed suspect from commandeering the delivery vehicle.  

Imagine caring about Amazon and zillionaire Jeff Bezos so much that you risked your life for it.

“There’s been an increase in the number of deliveries of packages, parcels and boxes,” Jeffrey Ian Ross, a criminologist with the University of Baltimore, told FOX45. 

Ross said the attacks on delivery vans are”unusual.” He said with increased mail volume because of the virus pandemic and holiday season creates an opportunity for armed gangs. 

“It’s a cost-benefit calculation,” Ross said. “They may find that other avenues of normal criminality are drying up for them so they’re innovating.”

Well, there is one thing we all know. A certain demographic won’t work a real, honest job, but they will always figure out a new way to steal.

When guns are outlawed only outlaws will violate Quarantine

From Zerohedge we get some news about THE BIG APPLE falling even further into a leftist dystopia as it’s “leaders” get ever more drunk with power over the peons. But, Hey! Oh! Fuggitaboutit! It’s a helluva town!

As millions of Americans defy the CDC’s warning not to travel for the holiday season, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has once again dispatched police to key traffic chokepoints where his quarantine rules will be strictly enforced.

New York City Sheriff Joseph Fucito said the sheriff’s office (a separate entity from the NYPD) will conduct spot checks when out-of-state buses drop riders off at the curb, and will also check cars will out of state and New York licenses plates. Test-and-trace teams will also be on the ground to help direct people to testing sites while providing “education” about quarantine.

New York’s statewide 14-day holiday quarantine mandates that travelers quarantine, or take a test showing they’re negative. Violations of self-quarantine will be enforced, and may carry fines of $1,000 to $2,000, the mayor’s office has said.

Around the US, few jurisdictions have actually enforced quarantine and social distancing rules, though people have been killed in fights spurred by mandatory mask requirements. Some governors, including Kristi Noem in South Dakota, have refused to make wearing masks and other social distancing measures mandatory.

But most governors who have imposed mandatory mask orders and other measures typically haven’t enforced those measures by doling out fines, unlike authorities in Europe.

According to anecdotal reports, travels through NYC’s airports have had to complete contact tracing forms for weeks now. The city will continue to enforce those measures at both of the city’s airports, as well as Grand Central and Penn Station, as well as the Port Authority bus terminal.

Lines at NYC testing centers reached record numbers over the weekend, a sign that many New Yorkers still planned to travel, and were hoping to get tested before leaving. This is irritating many self-appointed COVID travel referees…

..who chimed in to remind their followers that a negative COVID test doesn’t mean you can safely socialize with others. We’re curious to see how many people adhere to that guidance.

Meanwhile on other NY news

A new bill proposed by Councilman Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn) encourages anyone in NYC to report illegally parked cars, and in return, whistleblowers would receive part of the fines paid by violators.

The bill, introduced by Levin and Council Speaker Corey Johnson on Nov. 19, would increase parking ticket fines from $115 to $175. It allows anyone who reports an infraction to receive 25% of the money or a max payout of around $45. 

The bill “creates a new violation and civil penalty for hazardous obstruction by a vehicle of a bicycle lane, bus lane when bus lane restrictions are in effect, sidewalk, crosswalk, or fire hydrant when such vehicle is located within a radial distance of 1,320 feet of a school building, entrance, or exit,” Levin and Johnson wrote. 

The bill’s co-sponsors hope the proposed change would improve safety on bike lanes, bus lanes, crosswalks, sidewalks, and fire hydrants. 

According to ABC7 New York, those who report parking violators will do so via an online portal. The site will be managed by the Department of Transportation, which would review each case. 

Vehicles with city-issued placards are not exempt under the proposed bill.

This caused NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) to poke fun at the proposal on Twitter: 

“Imagine if every cop wrote a summons to every vehicle parked illegally or vehicles that violate the vehicle and traffic laws. 

“We could probably bail out NYC, NYS, and even feed the homeless. Everyone will then get exactly what they ask for,” the SBA snarked last week. 

Current primer Shortage

tl;dr version:
1) Massive amount of new shooters
2) Many first-time buyers getting into reloading.
3) Primer production affected more by Covid than bullets/brass/powder
4) Remington bankruptcy didn’t help.
5) Vista buying Remington will divert Remington’s meager primer supply away from the market to build more ammo for CCI/Speer.
5) In 2008-2012, we had a large influx from foreign sources (Wolf, S&B, etc.). THAT WILL PROBABLY NOT HAPPEN THIS TIME.

I’m gold though, I had many, many, many thousands of primers. I lived through two other primer shortages and learned a long time ago not to let it happen again.