Gun Trafficking: A Taboo Subject in Our State and National Politics
“I pulled out the gun and shot, like, without looking, twice, three times, as a matter of fact…”
Those chilling words were uttered by Boris Brown, then 20, to prosecutors nine days after he fired wildly into a crowd, killing 17-year-old Cheyenne Baez and injuring one other. One minute, Cheyenne was talking to friends in a courtyard. The next, she had become another young victim of gun violence.
This summer, Brown and his co-defendant, Devon Coughman, were sentenced to 32-years-to-life and 10 years in prison, respectively, after being convicted by a jury for that fatal 2010 shooting in East Harlem.
The gun that Brown used to fire into a crowd was never recovered. That means this deadly weapon is unaccounted for…