12,000 Guns Stolen from Stores Over Past 2 Years is the headline at abcnewsgo.com proclaims. Hang on, why a two-year sample? Why not one year? Or, I dunno, five? Because twelve thousand stolen guns sounds really bad — despite the fact that it’s a tiny rounding error compared to the millions of guns sold by said stores.
While anti-gunners will no doubt seize on this info to inflict their usual disarmament mantra on our civil rights-sensitive ears — SOMETHING MUST BE DONE! — The People of the Gun will look at the stealing stats and conclude criminals gonna criminal. Students of history will recall bank robber Willie Sutton’s famous remarks on his chosen career and offer a similar reason why so many gun stores are being burgled: that’s where the guns are.
Here’s how abcnewsgo.com raises the alarm:
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), gun store burglaries are on the rise — a 28 percent increase from 2013 to 2015, with more than 1,100 federally licensed gun dealers victimized and more than 12,000 handguns, shotguns and rifles stolen.
Thieves have been using any means necessary to get their hands on valuable firearms, breaking through walls, ceilings and even using blow torches to try to get to the guns.
In one case, the suspects used a big-rig truck cab to smash through the front of a gun store in Ventura, California last March and steal about 15 guns.
Yes, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [And Really Big Fires] is behind this “guns stolen from gun stores” PR push. Because funding. I’ve spared you all the “gun violence” anecdotes dug-up by ABC proving that criminals who steal guns from gun stores use those guns to commit crimes. Who’d a thunk it? Meanwhile, the ATF is in the gun store security business now, apparently.
The ATF has made recommendations to the gun dealers on measures they can take to physically secure their facilities and secure their stocks of firearms to prevent them from being stolen.
After Powhatan, Virginia gun dealer American Family Pawn was burglarized last year, owner Kevin Penrose fortified his building.
“I now have shatter-proof glass. I have bars on every single window. I have sensors,” he said. “I have a light alarm, so if the police are driving by, not only if they can’t hear the sirens from the outside, they’re going to see this strobing flashing light, so it’s more notification. As soon as anything is broken everything goes off.”
Something’s broken here, but I’m thinking it’s the criminal justice system. Feel free to steal that line.