November 28, 2017

Study Blows Massive Hole in Pro-Gun Control Narrative

Rebel Staff

The left is constantly trying to make it look like gun control is the only answer to lowering the rate of gun crimes and mass shootings. That's why it came as bad news this week when a new study blew this notion out of the water.

A yearlong study from the leftwing group The Trace found that criminals stealing firearms from gun owners is actually what's fuelling gun crimes across America. 

A yearlong investigation by The Trace and more than a dozen NBC TV stations identified more than 23,000 stolen firearms recovered by police between 2010 and 2016 — the vast majority connected with crimes. That tally, based on an analysis of police records from hundreds of jurisdictions, includes more than 1,500 carjackings and kidnappings, armed robberies at stores and banks, sexual assaults and murders, and other violent acts committed in cities from coast to coast.

“The impact of gun theft is quite clear,” said Frank Occhipinti, deputy chief of the firearms operations division for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “It is devastating our communities.”

Thefts from gun stores have commanded much of the media and legislative attention in recent years, spurred by stories about burglars ramming cars through storefronts and carting away duffel bags full of rifles and handguns. But the great majority of guns stolen each year in the United States are taken from everyday owners.

This obliterates progressives' claim that making it more difficult to buy guns will stop mass shootings. In fact, their stricter gun control laws will do nothing to lower gun crime rates because "bad guys" will always find a way to get their hands on weapons regardless of what the law is.

This has been proven in Democrat-run cities like Chicago, where gun crime rates have continued to soar despite the strict gun laws that are in place. Last week, Chicago surpassed 600 homicides in 2017. Criminals simply continued to get their hands on guns through non-legal means and continued to use them to commit crimes. 

In the end, stricter gun control laws will only punish the law-abiding gun owners who have no intention of committing crimes. While criminals will always find a way to get weapons, those who follow the law will be left unable to defend themselves if stricter gun control laws will be put in place. It's naive of the left to think that gun control laws will magically solve the issue of shootings in America, when in reality this issue is far more complex than that. 

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commented 2017-11-28 15:28:48 -0500
commented 2017-11-28 15:11:14 -0500
commented 2017-11-28 15:00:13 -0500
Your Lieberal or Socialist government wants you folks defenseless, thus the eventual (gradual) gun ban. An unarmed population is much easier to control if they are unarmed. Hitler did it, and countless other dictators did it when they wanted to take complete control of a country. The Clown Prince, Justin Mohammed Trudeaup wants you unarmed so his Muzzie buddies can slaughter you all.
commented 2017-11-28 13:40:19 -0500
Thy had to do a year long study to find that out some one is not to bright.
commented 2017-11-28 12:06:25 -0500
“Ron Christensen commented 1 hour ago
People kill people , guns are just one of the tools that are used . Other tools used are knives , cars and trucks , bombs and death cults just to name a few . "

It’s the only “tool” that is primarily purchased as a weapon (yes, firearms do have legitimate uses, but those uses are not why many people buy them). A concealed-carry handgun bears little resemblance to a gun used for hunting or target-shooting. The tool, in that case, is intended purely as a means to injure other people. I doubt you object to regulating some of the other “tools” you cite, those with similar primary uses.

If it’s “people”, then why are Americans so uniquely predisposed to violence? Biologically there’s nothing fundamentally different than any other melting-pot new world country. I’ll concede that it could be cultural, and that probably contributes… but part of that culture is their obsession with weapons. Their violent crime rates, mostly perpetrated with guns, are more similar to the third world than a developed nation. A “tool” but one which specifically enables certain activities.
commented 2017-11-28 12:05:07 -0500
Ron.. You forgot bad laws introduced by corrupt politicians and enforced by more corrupt police forces.
commented 2017-11-28 11:25:46 -0500
Robert Raymond, I think we might have missed a few like toothbrushes , plyers , plastic utensils , toilet paper and the dumbing down of radical leftist governments !
commented 2017-11-28 11:09:22 -0500
I’ve already inventoried all my knives, box cutters, razor blades, screw drivers and nail clippers.
I am a firm believer in being prepared.
It won’t be long before the left realizes that these sharp and pointy instruments can be used to commit murder and so will pass legislation to have them registered.
My car on the other hand is already registered so that is already covered.
Hell and damn, I just realized that ropes and that kind of material can also be used as a weapon to strangle someone.
I guess I better inventory my ropes, shoe laces, thread and dental floss.
What a bore!!
commented 2017-11-28 10:38:28 -0500
People kill people , guns are just one of the tools that are used . Other tools used are knives , cars and trucks , bombs and death cults just to name a few .
commented 2017-11-28 10:13:54 -0500
With all due respect Rebel Staff – DUH!
One cannot help but wonder WHY this isn’t as obvious to the left…
commented 2017-11-28 09:21:31 -0500
Yes, a lot of crimes are committed with stolen weapons. But a lot of weapons are stolen because of irresponsible practices by supposed “good guys”. It’s fairly topical, there’s a prominent case of this in court in Winnipeg right now. Cop left a gun unsecured in an unlocked vehicle, it got stolen, someone got shot. The cop’s not a “good guy” here, there is clear negligence in doing that.. The second-amendmentalists will object to policies pushing for responsible storage but fundamentally, gun theft is usually a crime of convenience and that CAN be addressed via gun control.

The other issue is that although stolen guns are a problem, they’re not the only problem. Criminals ARE buying guns via legal channels and not being caught by the system. The church-shooter is a prime example. Perhaps he would have been stopped before he shot it up had he had trouble procuring weapons We’ll never know, but maybe had he been momentarily delayed he would have been stopped before it happened. Much is made about the “hero” that chased him down… after the fact. In reality if it can be prevented in the first place, that’s the best option.

The problem, again, is that 2nd-amendmentalist “good guys” get triggered by the faintest whiff of gun control, preventing anybody from addressing systematic flaws in the process. Don’t complain that stolen guns are a problem while advocating against sanctions for those that leave guns lying around insecurely.