The gun laws we currently have are supposed to help keep convicted felons from getting their hands on guns. In reality, we know this doesn’t work. The bad guys continue to get their hands on firearms.
They get them, in part, from people like this guy.
A convicted felon from Marcus Hook was charged Monday with selling two stolen firearms to an undercover agent who was posing as a convicted felon, officials said.
Charles David Clark, of the unit block of West Sixth Street in Marcus Hook, faces a slew of gun charges, according to a press release issued by Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland.
Clark is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and receiving stolen property, both felonies of the second degree, possession of a firearm without a license, illegal sales of firearms, and criminal use of a communication facility, felonies of the third degree, and offenses.
“In the case of Charles David Clark, he stole these guns and then brazenly sold them for profit to an individual who he believed was a criminal, showing a complete disregard for the law,” said Copeland. “By doing so, and blatantly perpetuating criminal activity right here in our community, the defendant faces up to 10 years in prison under the Brad Fox Law.”
The arrest stems from a joint investigation conducted by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations (BNI), the Delaware County District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID), and the Upper Chichester Police Department.
In other words, Clark allegedly cared nothing about the laws on the books. He simply got weapons however he could and was more than willing to sell them to anyone who had the money.
Please, tell me again how gun laws keep firearms out of the hands of criminals?
Time and time again, we see that the bad guys will do anything they can to obtain guns. Laws that make it more difficult for the law-abiding to get guns don’t do anything to fight crime. The criminals just steal them from the law-abiding person who did everything right, or they get someone with no convictions to buy the guns in the first place, thus breaking other laws.
Then, to make matters worse, we see often see people trying to commit straw buys walk away without being prosecuted, meaning they can learn from their mistakes and try again.
At least the theft of firearms is treated as a crime. While they’re often not caught, when they are, they’re prosecuted. Thankfully.
In the case of Clark, he’s a convicted felon, and he’s the reason convicted felons are barred from owning a firearm. Far too many of them aren’t reformed and will turn around and continue to break laws. Clark did, after all. He’s not alone, either.
I’m just glad he was caught. I also hope the people whose guns he allegedly stole will soon be reunited with their firearms. I also hope that, if he’s convicted, he gets to spend a good, long time in prison to rethink his life choices.