Proving once more that unintended consequences of “gun control” actually increase dangerous crime, The Detroit News reported Thursday that “Guns are being stolen from vehicles downtown, in part because nightclubs and the NFL ban firearms.”
Unable to bring their firearms into venues that ban them, many gun owners are nonetheless unwilling to travel to and from such locations without the means of defense, and are opting to have their firearms with them as long as they legally can, then storing them in their cars. Enterprising criminals, quick to catch on to new sources of opportunity created by “the law,” are now finding new sources of guns to steal thanks to the prohibitions.
It would appear the exact opposite of what the police are trying to achieve -- getting guns “off the street” -- is happening. In other words, the results are predictably “progressive.”
Unfortunately for Detroit, it doesn’t look like the authorities have a clue as to what to do next, and those presuming to teach would appear to be the least qualified to do so.
“Let’s find a solution to this,” Police Chief James Craig proclaimed. “We need to educate people not to leave their guns in their cars.”
Coming from a guy who’s not even certified as an officer, Craig’s advice on education, and him being the one competent to provide it, is rich. He also didn’t get certified when he headed the Cincinnati PD, after applying for and being granted a waiver.
Who does this guy think he is, Charles Ramsey?
Where people should leave guns when the law forces them to temporarily remove them is left unsaid, but it’s a safe bet the vocal gungrabber means at home. Locked up, unloaded and separated from ammunition. In other words, unavailable for defense.
Leaving the serially-uncertified chief and his men the “only ones” armed. In Detroit. The place that “tops the 2012 list of America’s most dangerous cities…”
Even were someone foolish enough to heed Chief Craig’s advice, it’s not like that would provide the solution he promises. Recent headlines from across the county demonstrate this with no small amount of irony:
- Guns, gear stolen from police cars; ATF offers reward money
- Teen stole weapons from FBI SWAT vehicle, police say
- Police Chief Lewis confirms car unlocked when gun stolen
- Rifle, Police Radios Stolen from Off-Duty Detective's Car
- Guns, ammunition stolen from at least 8 Midstate police cars
I could go on (and how) but the point has been made. And it’s not like this column hasn’t made the same observations before.
On the bright side, at least those LEOs weren’t caught with their pants down.
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