Gun laws simply don’t work. Time and time again, we see ample evidence that gun control laws don’t work. In theory, it should keep guns out of the hands of bad guys, but that’s not how things really shake out.
In fact, a crackdown by a United States Attorney in Northwest Indiana illustrates just how useless those laws really are.
During the crackdown, nine people were arrested:
Those charged Tuesday and their charges include:
- Caesar Gonzalez, 23, of Hammond — Possession of an unregistered machine gun and distribution of cocaine;
- Sonny Richards, 26, of Hammond — Felon in possession of a firearm and distribution of cocaine;
- Jesus Gonzales, 28, of East Chicago — Felon in possession of a firearm;
- Dalyla Mares, 24, of East Chicago — Felon in possession of a firearm;
- Khalil Swader, 22, of Gary — Felon in possession of a firearm;
- Leonardo Verduzco, 25, of Crown Point — Distribution of methamphetamine and crack cocaine, drug user in possession of a firearm and abetting the straw purchase of a firearm;
- Cesar Saldivar, 21, of Chicago — Possession of an unregistered machine gun;
- Myles Graham, 22, of Cedar Lake — Straw purchasing of a firearm;
- Rahim Hill, 22, of Gary — Felon in possession of a firearm.
Ryan Holmes, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney, said most of the defendants were arrested and in federal custody.
So, we have a lot of felons with firearms, a number of people in the drug trade with guns, and a couple involved in straw purchases.
All of them are people who should, in theory, be disarmed by our existing gun control laws all on their own and yet none of them were. Especially note that first person’s charges. That’s right, an unregistered machine gun. It wasn’t the only machine gun, either.
Now, anyone familiar with firearm laws–in other words, no one who is currently running for the Democratic presidential nomination–knows that fully-automatic weapons have been tightly controlled since 1934. Since the 1980s, they’ve all but gone extinct for legal sale. Costs for the few remaining in the market range from that of a new car to that of a new house. They ain’t cheap.
Yet we have a 23-year-old and a 21-year-old with a machine gun. It’s unregistered, though, which is how he got it.
Nothing about this doesn’t look like a gun control failure. Nothing at all.
So why do anti-gunners keep pushing for more gun control laws? Honestly, at this point, who the hell knows at this point.
What we do know, though, is that criminals will continue to get guns. They’ll find a way to get what that way. After all, note how many of these people have drug charges as well. Drugs have been controlled for decades now and yet, they’re getting their hands on drugs. They’re getting their hands on machine guns.
Make no mistake, they’ll get any other gun they want as well. As I’ve noted before, criminals will get guns through whatever channels they can find. Just like they do with drugs.
If you want to stop that flow, you have to attack it from a different angle. The problem is, no one seems willing to entertain the thought.