The civilian disarmament industrial complex seeks to enact an endless series of laws designed to make it difficult for criminals to legally purchase guns. The antis would have you believe that “straw purchases” – guns bought by legal purchasers for criminals – are the primary source for “crime guns.” Considering the “facts” presented by the antis to justify their unconstitutional infringements, I know of only one reliable study on the subject of criminal sources for firearms. It was conducted in by the Department of Justice (no less) in 2002. The survey said . . .
In case you missed it, “In 1997 among State inmates possessing a gun, fewer than 2% bought their firearm at a flea market or gun show, about 12% from a retail store or pawnshop, and 80% from family, friends, a street buy, or an illegal source.”
Gun show loophole much? Statistically, you can round that danger down to zero. As for the “retail store” category, the only way a criminal can purchase a firearm at a gun store [currently] is if he or she doesn’t have a criminal record. Which means that they weren’t criminals, yet. Laws that make it difficult for Americans to legally purchase firearms come straight from the Department of Pre-Crime.
How great is that? Meanwhile note: it doesn’t matter. As we see in countries with complete gun bans, bad guys still get guns. Period. Well, add this: the abuse of a right by someone should have nothing to do with my right – any American’s right – to keep and bear arms without government regulation, as clearly stipulated by the United States Constitution.
Which brings us to the Chicago rail yard theft of 111 firearms. chicagotribune.com reports that cops recently collared the bad guys. The incident highlights the mechanics and prevalence of the black market for guns.
The train was carrying 318 firearms from the Ruger factory in New Hampshire to Spokane, Wash., and had stopped in Chicago for the night, according to the charges. About 7 a.m. that day, a railroad employee noticed that several locks and seals on the train had been cut open, and police later found bolt cutters and a Ruger magazine in the yard.
Federal agents who inspected the train when it arrived at its final destination discovered that a total of 111 guns were missing, according to the charges. Six of the guns have since been recovered “in unrelated incidents” throughout Chicago, the complaint alleged. The charges did not specify if the guns had been used to commit crimes.
I wonder why that is.
In a videotaped statement, Peebles admitted that he had committed the theft of the firearms with nine other individuals, who each kept 13 of the guns, according to the charges. Peebles said he kept one of the pistols for himself and sold the other 12 to a man he knew as “Chuck” for $2,200.
Do the math. “Chuck” bought the stolen guns for $183 a piece. (Wanna bet there were a few ARs in the batch?) Like any other non-governmental, non-philanthropic enterprise, crime is a for-profit business. Why would a criminal buy a box-fresh gun from a gun store at full retail – risking arrest – when he can purchase a stolen gun for a fraction of the price?
While we’re at it, ask these guys why they didn’t “straw purchase” firearms [story via chicagotribune.com].
Two Zion men are charged with stealing guns worth about $30,000 from a gun store, and investigators are looking into an allegation that they planned to retaliate against police for a controversial recent shooting by an officer, prosecutors said.
Lawrence Taylor and Clarence Williams, both 18, are charged with burglarizing a Zion gun store and stealing about 55 rifles, semi-automatic handguns and shotguns in two alleged break-ins the night of May 31 and early June 1, according to court records and Assistant State’s Attorney Reginald Mathews.
Again, the comparison between stolen guns – whether stolen from a train, gun store or a private residence – and firearms purchased legally for criminal purposes is so dramatic that it’s not worth making. Besides, with some 350 million guns in circulation in the United States, criminals will get guns. Even if all those guns disappeared (i.e., the government passed a complete gun ban followed by confiscation) criminals would make them. As they already do.
In short, gun control (a.k.a., “gun safety”) is a meaningless unconstitutional endeavor that puts innocent life at risk. In case you didn’t already know. [h/t ripcord]