Rap: What’s It Good For?

I would have said absolutely nothing, until I saw this news story in the New York Post: Times Sq. gunman held weapon like rapper:

A Times Square bloodbath was narrowly avoided because the machine-pistol-toting thug who fired at a cop flipped the gun on its side like a character out of a rap video, causing the weapon to jam after two shots, law-enforcement sources said yesterday.
When scam artist Raymond “Ready” Martinez held the MAC-10-style gun parallel to the ground, it caused the ejecting shells to “stovepipe,” or get caught vertically in the chamber, the sources said. The gun is designed to be fired only in a vertical position.
If he had fired the weapon — which had another 27 rounds in the clip — properly, Martinez, 25, could have killed the hero cop pursuing him and countless others walking through the swarming tourist mecca Thursday morning.

Heh. Martinez was himself a rapper of little note. This story reminds me of a hilarious moment in a cult movie classic called Six Days In Roswell, which was directed by the brother of a friend of mine. Perhaps a few of our readers have seen the film and will appreciate the reference.

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