Where’d they get the gun? That’s what gun control advocates demand each and every time there’s a crime or negligent discharge involving a “child” (a slippery category that usually includes teenage gang bangers). The clear implication: if the child didn’t have access to a firearm, the crime or ND wouldn’t have happened. All we have to do to prevent these shootings: lock-up the guns! OK, and stop “unsuitable” people from keeping and bearing them. But you gotta start somewhere. And remember: no one really needs a gun. Except the police. ‘Cause they’re trained and responsible. Well here’s a story [via mlive.com] that derails both trains of thought. And how . . .
A 15-year-old boy was poking around near a Jackson convenience store last November when he made an interesting find under some leaves.
A .45-caliber Smith & Wesson semiautomatic handgun.
But this wasn’t just any pistol — this one belonged to the city of Flint Police Department.
Within a matter of days, the same gun that Flint taxpayers bought to help protect and serve the public was used by a teen robber who accidentally shot himself in the leg with it.
Another Flint officer’s gun ended up in the hands of Detroit police after it was used in a crime there, while a third Flint police gun was missing for nearly a decade before it was entered into a nationwide database that tracks stolen guns.
In all, 17 service pistols and shotguns belonging to Flint police are officially listed as stolen, while another 22 guns used by Flint police are listed as lost or missing — including a sub-machine gun and a short-barreled shotgun.
Police department records obtained by The Flint Journal through the Freedom of Information Act detail how poor record keeping, break-ins and questionable gun storage practices allowed these firearms to go missing from Flint police inventory.
Truth be told, the average American gun owner is more responsible with their firearms – in terms of storage and use against bad guys – than the average police officer. But that’s counterintuitive. So Mom Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the rest of the civilian disarmament complex push a “common sense” misinterpretation of the facts.
As Voltaire said, common sense is not so common. Especially when it’s based on rational, intelligent thought.