The title of this commentary is a quote made my a senior Chicago Police Department administration official when discussing in increasing numbers of shootings in Chicago, a city with some of the most restrictive gun control laws known. This statement recognizes something a lot of people have known for quite some time, and that is that the only people who comply with gun control measures are the otherwise law-abiding citizens. For whatever reason, our elected officials just can’t seem to get it through their controlling thick skulls that someone bound and determined to commit a criminal act isn’t going to care a bit about also violating gun control laws. Simply stated, gun control doesn’t work!
So where are these criminals and others who aren’t supposed to have guns in the first place getting them from? The easiest answer is right on the streets of America; and, from people who also aren’t supposed to have them and sell them without bothering with the background checks and other laws pertaining to legal gun ownership. And where do these gun peddlers get the guns from? Most often it’s the homes or places of business of legal gun owners. This is because for all the hoopla surrounding the Second Amendment right to arm ourselves, very little effort is placed upon securely storing our weapons to prevent them from becoming stolen. As a good example of this, take a look at this news report produced by KBMT 12 News regarding a huge cache of guns recovered by the Jasper County (Texas) Sheriff Department:
If anyone is to blame for these thefts of firearms, it’s the gun owners themselves. Many are more interested in leaving their weapons lying around their homes and places of business, fully loaded, in the event the buildings are invaded. Although the NRA (National Rifle Association) strongly supports the right of Americans to own guns, the organization does very little to promote the safe and secure storage of firearms. So there has to be a better way, right? Well, maybe there is:
Very few will argue the efforts of Mothers Against Drunk Driving haven’t served to bring about a greater public awareness of the problem, reduce the overall number of DUI/DWI car crashes costing hundreds of innocent people their lives annually, and stiffened the penalties associated with driving under the influence. Why couldn’t the same tactics be used to do almost the same thing with respect to firearms? Surely even the NRA would think this an admirable effort and could go so far as to throw in its support.
What do you think?