It’s nice to know I’m not the only blogger scanning the most obscure corners of the internet for gun news. Some keyboard tapper at the Violence Policy Center (VPC) Tweeted a link to the palmbeachpost.com‘s police blotter. “CCW holder arrested for drinking while armed in Florida park.” True. “A man was arrested in a city park in the 1900 block of North Seacrest Boulevard and charged with having an open container of an alcoholic beverage and a handgun. While he did have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, it is against the city’s ordinances to drink alcohol or have a weapon inside the park.” So . . . no violence to trouble policy makers, then. The next time a CCW holder gets a parking ticket, I’ll be sure to Tweet that back to the VPC. Meanwhile, the po-po blotter has more interesting grist for a gun blogger’s mill . . .
A girl told police that someone smashed a rear sliding glass door at her parents’ home in the 1400 block of West Royal Palm Road and took a flat-screen television, jewelry, a shotgun and money, totaling about $2,450.
At a home in the 200 block of Southwest Third Street, burglars stole a black Benelli M-1 shotgun, a Bushmaster AR-15 [sic], and a Springfield XD .45-caliber handgun after breaking in through a rear kitchen window.
While the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (and Really Big Fires) spends $207k per weapon to recover 400 illegal weapons that may or may not be headed to Mexican drug gangs, American thieves steal tens of thousands of guns every year. All of which add to this country’s criminal arsenal.
How about we subsidize the gun safe business instead of pissing money down the ATFE-shaped rathole? If the VPC really wants to stop gun violence, offering low-cost gun safes would have more impact than supporting the Agency that Can’t Shoot Straight and/or introducing or tightening gun control legislation.