One fourth of Manhattan’s gun-possession defendants are 18 or younger, a grim statistic shared by prosecutors as they announced the arraignment of a weaponry kingpin who’s just 20 years old, reports the New York Post.
Of the 240 defendants prosecuted this year for allegedly possessing loaded weapons, 58 — or 24 percent — are high-school age or younger, said District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. “These are young men who should be in school, not with guns in their hands,” Vance said, addressing reporters from behind a table laden with 25 shotguns, revolvers and semi-automatics. The weapons were bought at great risk by an anonymous undercover for a total of $25,000. The alleged seller, Juan Rivas, was barely out of his teens. “This is probably the most dangerous work in all of law enforcement,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.