Yes, actually, U.S. guns are being traced in Mexican gun violence. A new article from the Washington Post has found that gun dealers in Texas have sold a large number of guns found in traces of guns used in shootings in the Mexican drug war. It's an inconvenient fact but it's a fact nonetheless. It's pretty hard to keep avoiding this but the gun lobby continues to avoid it, and more than that, they continue to resist laws that could stop this carnage. Go figure.
This article plus a series of others about individual crime guns traced in Michigan crimes is a very thorough article about crime guns and where they come from. What does this one have to say about "lost" and stolen guns? From the article: " Most guns linked to local crimes originated here, often taken in burglaries or stolen by family or friends desperate for cash." What did this article have to say about the problem of teens and young adults with guns? : "He has seen 14-year-olds packing. That’s his other concern, one widely shared in law enforcement — young guns. A deadly scenario played out in late October, when friends gathered for a 16-year-old’s birthday party on Grand Rapids’ Southeast Side. After an argument in the driveway, Sanqua Cummings, 16, allegedly shot and killed Bobby Hughes, 17." And yet, the NRA wants to push for legal carrying of guns for 18-20 year olds and making sure they can legally buy guns! Amazing. It's another inconvenient fact that a lot of gun crime happens in this age group. Never mind. Let's ignore it and make sure those young people can now be legal. Great idea, I say.
And, again, from the Washington Post, information obtained about crime guns and gun dealers is shared by staff writers for the Post. Just to highlight some of what I have also been sharing with my readers: " In 2003, under pressure from the gun lobby, Congress passed a law that hid from public view the government database that contained the gun tracing information." And this from a gun dealer about what happens to guns once they leave his store: " Once firearms leave his store, he said, they can be stolen or sold to another person on the street or at a gun show, and often they are resold several times" Hmm- a gun show? What do you know? I thought that gun shows are not a problem. This dealer concurs with the dealer quoted before when he said: " "There's no way we can tell if you're buying a gun for someone else," he said. "There is nothing to keep a gun out of the hands of a felon. He can't buy one here, but he can go to a gun show and buy it or buy it from someone else. It's stupid."" I'm just saying......
To continue with it's expose about corrupt gun dealers and the difficulty for the ATF of monitoring same, here is another Washington Post article about gun dealers that does not make some of them look good. Guns are serious business folks. I mean that literally and figuratively. When the ends justify the means and someone is not doing their proper job as a Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer, there can be lethal consequences. This should not be acceptable to anyone. When FFLs don't do their jobs and allow people to purchase guns without background checks or they fail to report stolen guns, who suffers? The gun dealer? I would challenge anyone to defend these practices. Lives are at stake here. Public safety is at stake.
And then there are those pesky gun shows again. Do they provide crime guns? Do private sellers do the right thing by not doing background checks or not even asking for I.D.? Watch this video. A Roanoke, VA T.V. station went with Colin Goddard to a Roanoke gun show to check it out. Once again we see what we have seen from all of the other videos taken at gun shows. Some private sellers do not even ask for a name, let alone I.D. or a background check. If you have cash in your hand, it's a deal. No problem. Even the Governor of Virginia was unaware that this was the practice. Or that's what he said anyway. One can act surprised or even dumb when it comes to this issue because if you pretend you don't know about it, maybe you won't have to deal with it. It's called putting your head in the sand. The problem is out there for all to see. What should we do? Ignore it? It's getting harder and harder to ignore now that some media have figured out what's going on. It will be incumbent on the gun lobby to prove that what they advocate for continues to be right and good for public safety. It could be a hard sell. I'm just saying....
And these are just the media articles and reports for one week. Once the private seller loophole is exposed, and the fact that so many crime guns come from people's own private collections that are stolen or from gun dealers who don't report them stolen, we could see more proposals to make it mandatory to report those stolen guns. Once the media, and hence the public, starts pressuring elected leaders to pass sensible laws to keep crime guns from passing so easily from one state to another perhaps it won't look so good to have loose laws in some states and stricter laws in others. Because you see, it could end in a life lost. It could be your loved one or your best friend. Once we figure out that illegal gun trafficking can happen because of the private seller loophole, failure to report lost and stolen guns and lax federally licensed firearms dealers, will the public sit by and just watch this happen? Will we sit back and watch as guns continue to take an enormous toll of lost lives in this country? Will we? Am I dreaming or delusional? I'm just trying to make things happen and change the way we look at the problem of gun deaths in our country. Time will tell, I guess. Perhaps others will take up the cause and help common sense finally prevail.
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I hope this blog will provoke some thoughtful reflection about the issue of guns and gun violence. I am passionate about the issue and would love to change some misperceptions and the culture of gun violence in America by sharing with readers words, photos, videos and clips from articles to promote common sense about gun issues. Many of you will agree with me- some will not. I am only one person but one among many who think it's time to do something about this national problem. The views expressed by me in this blog do not represent any group with which I am associated but are rather my own personal opinions and thoughts.