Criminals often use guns that were stolen from people to commit crimes. It’s the reason why many gun control supporters argue that law-abiding people should be restricted from owning guns. In their mind, if we don’t have guns, then criminals can’t steal guns from us in the first place.
The problem is, there will almost always still be someone who is authorized to have guns, which means there will always be someone to steal them from.
Take the Nova Scotia shooting, for example. Three out of the four guns used in the massacre were smuggled across the border from the United States. They were illegal from the get-go. The shooter didn’t have a license to own any guns, a violation of Canadian law. That should be plenty to tell you that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s gun ban was going too far.
However, in an op-ed pushing back against Trudeau, a Canadian defender of gun rights brings up an excellent point about the “Canadian-sourced” firearm.
It was revealed this week that three of the four guns – one handgun and two semi-automatic rifles – used last month by Nova Scotia mass murderer [name redacted] were smuggled into Canada from the United States.
That’s hardly a surprise. The vast majority of crime guns used in Canada come here illegally from the U.S. According to most studies, anywhere from 75-90% of guns used in Canadian crimes do not originate in this country.
The RCMP claim [his] fourth murder weapon – another handgun – was “sourced in Canada.” But that is most likely because it was Const. Heidi Stevenson’s sidearm. Wortman stole that one off her body when he killed the Mountie after their two cars collided.
That’s right. It seems that the one gun that didn’t enter the country illegally in the first place was stolen from a murdered police officer.
And let’s be honest, that’s probably not particularly unusual. I suspect many slain officers over the years have been relieved of their firearms by their killers. I mean, why not?
It probably doesn’t happen as often as in the movies, of course, but it still happens…just like it seems to have happened in the Nova Scotia shooting.
Meanwhile, that theft is, in part, being used to justify the infringement on the rights of law-abiding Canadian citizens. Just because they don’t have a Second Amendment doesn’t mean they don’t have the right to keep and bear arms.
However, that justification is all that someone like Trudeau needs. With a complicit media, he’ll continue to spin his actions as the only rational response to the horrific events in Nova Scotia. He’ll never acknowledge that gun control failed to prevent the attack and his new measures would offer nothing new to prevent such a thing. He’ll never admit that he’s done nothing except virtue signal about how he just cares so hard, all while still trying to expatiate the sin of his “brownface” scandal.
Absolutely none of the weapons used came from a lawful source, so someone needs to tell me again how gun control is the only answer to such events?