The idea behind gun control, at least in theory, is that those who support the measure want to keep guns out of the hands of bad guys with minimal interference in arms for the good guys. That’s what a gun-grabber will tell you, anyway.
The problem, of course, is that we’ve tried that for years and bad guys keep getting guns.
Recently, a soldier at Fort Drum was arrested over a gun issue that illustrates the problems with the gun control plan quite well.
A Fort Drum soldier has admitted to getting three rifles and two pistols from fellow soldiers who were accused of burglarizing North Country gun shops.
Tyrease Kimmons, 20, is facing up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for his role in possessing stolen guns. Kimmons pleaded guilty to his role in December in federal court.
Kimmons was charged this fall along with fellow soldiers Rian Patterson, 22, and Devin Diggs, 20, after nine guns were stolen from two licensed gun shops in the North Country region over a three-week period, prosecutors said.
Some of the firearms, five in total, were located in a duffle bag under Kimmons’ bed, court records said. The guns were loaded at the time they were recovered, according the court records.
Kimmons reportedly knew about the thefts but didn’t take part in the planning of the burglaries nor the burglaries themselves.
It doesn’t matter though, because he still ended up with the guns.
What do you want to bet that he didn’t fill out a Form 4473 first or undergo a background check?
I know nothing about Kimmons as a person. What I do know, though, is that he stands accused of obtaining firearms that were stolen, all without undergoing and of the procedures you and I have to go through when we buy from a gun store and that some want us to undergo all the time.
However, criminals aren’t part of that world. They get guns the same way Kimmons allegedly got them. They get them from people who steal them or black market dealers who got them that way. At no point do they really get tripped up by any of the legal hoops you and I might have to jump through when we want to buy a gun.
You’d think that even the densest of gun grabbers would be able to understand this, but apparently not. They keep pushing for things like universal background checks, but Kimmons didn’t go through that to get his paws on these guns (allegedly). New York, where Fort Drum is located, requires universal background checks, but Kimmons did no such check.
That’s because criminals, by definition, don’t obey the law. They do what they want to do and don’t worry too much about the consequences.
Meanwhile, ordinary New Yorkers are subjected to background checks for each and every lawful gun purchase they want to make. They’re treated like potential criminals while the actual criminals simply bypass the requirement.
Then again, this is the same state that elected Fredo Cuomo’s older brother as governor three times so I’m not sure how many people in the state are really impacted.
Regardless, the good guys are the ones paying for the bad guys’ actions, and Kimmons’ arrest proves that perfectly.