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Archive for February 5th, 2011

Modern Mobsters Still Follow Dad into the Mafia

John Gotti Jr./youtube

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

The historic mobster roundup that collared more than 120 people in the New York region last month provided a snapshot of the Mafia of today: murder, gambling and extortion; big bosses and small fries; “made guys” and associates. But what it didn’t show was the pervasive nepotism that still exists in organized crime — only one son with a father with alleged ties to a crime family was arrested that day.

Even so, organized crime experts say the mob of the 21st century, just like the one in the 20th century, is still a magnet for the younger generation.

Father John J. Gotti

“Unfortunately, there’s still quite a few sons in the business,” David Shafer, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Organized Crime Branch in New York, told AOL News. “Hollywood has glamorized the business with shows and movies like ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas.’

“But it’s not a glamorous lifestyle. A lot of wise guys and associates aren’t living the luxurious lifestyle and living in a mansion like Tony Soprano.”

Adds Andrew DiDonato, a former associate of the Gambino crime family: “There’s still a ton of nepotism in organized crime. Nepotism still runs wild.”

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White House Can’t Pull the Trigger; Delays Emergency Request to Require Gun Reporting Along the Mexican Border


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The White House just can’t seem to pull the trigger.

James V. Grimaldi of the Washington Post reports that White House budget officials once against delayed a decision for at least two months on an emergency request that would require gun dealers along the Mexican border to report people who buy two or more assault weapons in five days.

The Post reported that the White House officials want to show more transparency and give the public more time – until Feb. 14 – to comment on the proposal.

The NRA has opposed the rule and ATF has been pushing for it to help clamp down on guns going into Mexico and into the hands of the cartels. It’s the second time implementation of the rule has been delayed.

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