The press conference followed what’s become a popular script for large metros under Democratic control experiencing skyrocketing violent crime rates: Put some guns on a table ringed by the department’s top brass, give the mission a name — in this case “Operation Priority Takedown” — and tell the public how much safer they are now that all these deadly weapons are off the streets.
“These are very high-powered artillery weapons, and this is why this city keeps fighting for gun control,” Philadelphia Sheriff Rochelle Bilal told the media yesterday. “Why are these type of weapons in our city? No war is going on. Why? We want to find out how they’re bringing these guns in so we can stop that.”
The good sheriff’s special op originally targeted 176 people with outstanding warrants out for their arrest — misdemeanor and felony warrants.
The sheriff’s deputies found 37. The rest weren’t home.
“Thirty-seven is better than zero. One gun is better than none,” she told the Philadelphia Inquirer at the city’s Family Court building in Center City.
Sheriff Bilal was flanked by local, state and federal law enforcement officials as she announced the “success” of her op.
What kind of “high-powered artillery weapons” did the operation yield?
The lawmen recovered an AR, a shotgun, two 9mm handguns and some ammo.
They also found 87 pot plants, which they claimed had a street value of $400,000.