After passing a fresh batch of laws restricting residents’ right to keep and bear arms, California is ground zero for American gun control. When these new measures are added to existing infringements on Californians’ firearms freedom, it’s clear that CA gun owners are sliding down the slippery slope to complete civilian disarmament.
Which is why it’s impossible to read nbcbayarea.com‘s article Investigation: 70,000 Guns Lost or Stolen in California, Many Used in Later Crimes without seeing it as a prelude to greater infringement. The article connects the dots between lost and stolen guns and “gun violence,” complete with lurid examples of same. Like this . . .
A six-month investigation found nearly 70,000 guns were lost or stolen in California over the last half-decade and many of those same guns were later used to commit other crimes. That’s about 34 guns every day that are stolen from legal gun owners. Some were later used to kill innocent people across the state.
People like Olga Dinelli, 84, who was tied up and shot once in the head in her Sonoma County home last year. Police seized multiple stolen guns from her suspected killers.
And just one day before Dinelli was killed, 13-year-old Rashawn Harris was murdered in his driveway with a gun stolen from Stockton mayor Anthony Silva’s home.
And that’s just the opening.
The numbers of guns lost or stolen in the study’s five-year period aren’t all that surprising. Despite the Democratically-controlled state’s anti-gun jihad, California is still home to tens of millions of gun owners. A 2015 study estimated that some 20 percent of California residents own firearms.
Assuming that the percentage of gun owners has remained the same, given the state’s current population of roughly 40m, there are currently some 9.6m Californian gun owners.
Seventy-thousand lost or stolen guns in five years equals 14k guns per year. I suck at math, but I reckon that around .0015 percent of California’s gun owning population lose or have their gun stolen in an average year. An epidemic this is not. A piece of information NBC somehow missed.
. . . just outside the Bay area, stolen guns have helped fuel an epidemic of violence in Stockton.
According to police data compiled by the NBC stations, stolen guns have been seized in connection to more than 400 crimes in Stockton since 2010, including at least 12 homicides.
I know: if a mandatory safe storage law (such as the one in place in San Francisco requiring firearms to be unloaded and disarmed when stored) saves just one life, it’s worth it! [/sarc] And if random home inspections are required to enforce that law, and just one visit saves just one life, it’s worth it! [/sarc].
Which leads to a simple end point: if banning civilian firearms ownership saves just one life, it’s worth it! Never mind all the lives saved and property protected by civilian firearms ownership. As far California statists are concerned, an once of prevention is worth any amount of cure.