Where do they come from- those guns that felons get their hands on? Felons cannot legally buy guns from federally licensed gun dealers. It’s the law. Guns don’t fall from the sky. They come from someone or somewhere that shouldn’t be giving a gun to a felon. And felons know they cannot possess firearms. I have talked to a few people who are now ex-felons and they told me they understand that as one of the things they cannot do upon their release and going “off paper”.
But there are ways to get guns if a felon ignores the laws on the books:
- From private sellers at gun shows, flea markets or on-line sites such as Armslist.com where no background checks are required
- Stealing from a friend, family member or someone who “forgot” or was irresponsible enough not to lock up their guns
- a “bad apple” gun dealer
- from a friend who got it legally but gave it or sold it to a person even though they know they can’t have a gun
- trafficked on the street ( but where do those traffickers get their guns?)
Shouldn’t we stop felons from getting their hands on guns? Of course. That is a no brainer.
I can’t imagine anyone saying no. But no they say when the lapdogs of the corporate gun lobby refuse to pass stronger gun laws to keep the guns from these and other people who shouldn’t have guns.
Where is common sense?
Requiring Brady background checks on all gun sales can save lives. Requiring the reporting of lost and stolen guns can save lives. Cracking down on bad apple gun dealers can save lives. Requiring people to lock up their guns can save lives. Stopping gun trafficking can save lives. Talking sense to people who think their friend or family member won’t do anything wrong with the gun they gave or sold to them would save lives.
So, on New Year’s Eve there was a deadly shooting in my neck of the woods. Two brothers were shot, one died and the other badly injured. Who shot them? Allegedly a felon in possession of a gun he couldn’t have had legally. As of today, a man has been arrested with having this illegal gun at the scene of the crime but not yet officially charged with the actual shooting. More news to come, I’m sure.
Where did he get his gun?
Or this Minnesota man, also not far from my neck of the woods, another felon in possession of an arsenal he can’t legally own:
A woman in the home broke up the altercation, and the younger man reported to deputies that he was scared at the time of the incident and believed Kludt was capable of hurting or killing him. The victim then told deputies about approximately 25 guns stored on the property. Children in the residence confirmed that fact, and the woman gave consent to search the property.
Deputies seized two pistols from Kludt’s home office — a.45-caliber Glock and a 9mm Beretta — before locating a gun vault in Kludt’s garage that contained 32 total firearms.
Searches of a garage attachment and pole building elicited a second vault containing another 9mm Beretta and other guns. Multiple other firearms were found throughout the property, including muzzleloaders and antique firearms.
Not all firearms were seized; several were secured on the residence after a family member claimed possession and ownership of them.
Where did he get this arsenal? It sounds like his family was scared of him. I wonder why?
Where is common sense?
There really are people who shouldn’t have guns. We need to regulate the people who are potentially dangerous with guns. There are many responsible gun owners would not intentionally hurt someone with that ( until they do as in my sister’s case). Many guns are never fired or used in a crime. That’s all good.
What is not good is the few who make the wrong decision. Stronger laws can help us all make the decision that guns are not for everyone.
With the gun death rate staying the same or rising in the past 5 years or so, we are not doing enough to protect people from senseless gun deaths. It is a public health and safety crisis ignored.
We can save lives if we choose to and if the gun lobby lapdogs would represent the majority of American who want them to do something about the carnage.