Friday, July 3, 2009

Dozens Of Crime Guns Stolen From Police

Interesting story on crime guns in Memphis media. Excerpt:
According to incident reports obtained [by] WREG News Channel 3 Investigators, you could fill an entire firing range with the number of department-issued guns lost by Mid South law enforcement.

The cases include:
A trooper's assault rifle, stolen from his trunk.
A Memphis City officer who lost two guns in two separate break-ins at his house.
A Shelby County deputy whose Glock disappeared after he left it on the bumper of his truck.

In all, at least 40 guns have been taken since January 1, 2007.

Observation: if an FFL lost that many guns, it would be a definite legal liability, to put it mildly.

Secondly, the head of the local group, Stop The Killing, is himself an ex-con who says he used to carry a gun. Then his adult son was shot to death; the perp is serving 23 years.

"I think most of the guns that kill are stolen guns," he says.

Couple of points:
1) Even if we woke up tomorrow morning and found that all civilian-owned firearms (all 280 million of them) had disappeared, thugs would steal them from the police. And the bolder and more reckless the criminal, the more likely he would be to be armed.
2) The numero-uno risk factor for homicide is a criminal record, not gun ownership. That fact is staring us in the face here, in the person of this local activist. It's the elephant in the drawing room.

h/t Say Uncle.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Heh- remember the Memphis FBI crew that lost full auto rifles, etc. out of the back of their SUV because they FORGOT to lock it?