There has been a lot of discussion for years about disarming citizens (following more of the European model) and only allowing police and other government officials to have firearms. Many gun control advocates claim this would take the guns out of the hands of criminals. It won’t work. One reason, among many, is that government and law enforcement can’t even control the firearms in these protection agencies.
Where do criminals get their firearms. Some believe it is from the average citizen that purchases a firearm legally, then it gets stolen or even sold to someone illegally. While this happens, there is another leak…our government officials!
In a recent article in CDN (Communities Digital News), “Golden State Gun Lunacy,” they talked about this very topic…where some criminals get their firearms. As it turns out, there have been many criminal acts committed with guns that were registered to government officials…those in departments designed to protect us against criminals. Somehow the criminals are getting their firearms and using them in crimes.
Here are just a couple of cases in point on this very subject…
“…32-year-old Kathryn Steinle died in her father’s arms after she was shot by an illegal alien in San Francisco. The handgun used in the slaying was later found to belong to a federal agent of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
A few days ago, Antonio Ramos, an artist, was shot and killed in Oakland, CA, while painting a mural on a freeway underpass. The mural was meant to promote nonviolence in an area plagued by drive-by shootings. The weapon that killed Ramos was a Glock model 26 belonging to a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent.”
Taking away the firearms from citizens would mean that guns still end up on the streets in the hands of criminals…only supplied by government officials. And apparently these firearms in California range from handguns to assault rifles to everything in between…including automatic weapons. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. And this was just in the state of California in one area. Estimates are that over 500 firearms have gone missing from 8 different laws enforcement agencies in the last 5 years…averaging out to 100 per year…in just this one area. It would be very interesting to see what the average number is by state.
Unfortunately, the number would likely be shocking. Disarming citizens won’t keep guns out of the hands of criminals.