Gun control advocates claim that gun control laws work, which is why criminals routinely bypass all the gun control laws on the books to get guns and commit crimes with firearms, thus prompting gun control advocates to call for more gun control. Such is the natural order of things for the Yellow-Bellied Gun Grabber.
However, at some point, they have almost got to acknowledge that the gun control laws on the books aren’t working and that a completely different approach is required.
I mean, if someone out on bond for a double murder can get a gun…
A police license plate reader on Sunday morning led officers to the vehicle of a man who is out on bond for murder. Two guns were found in the vehicle occupied by Terrence Dewayne Lewis, Jr., 25, and another man.
Police said they recovered a gun later confirmed to be stolen, as well as a second gun on the passenger side. Police said the vehicle was confirmed to be stolen and involved in a homicide, and the passenger side gun was also confirmed to be associated with the same homicide.
In December 2017, Lewis was charged with shooting UTC student Evan “Thad” Derry of Franklin, Tn., in what police described as a drug deal. Lewis has a trial date on the murder and robbery for next July 13.
Both suspects were taken into custody. Lewis is facing the following new charges: reckless endangerment, evading arrest, unlawful possession of a weapon and two counts of theft of property.
Honestly, this is legitimately troubling for me. This is a guy set to be tried for murder, an apparent drug dealer, and he was able to get his hands on a stolen gun. Whether he stole it or purchased it from someone else is unclear at this time.
I’d love to hear the gun control crowd’s solution for stolen guns, particularly one that doesn’t require all guns to be removed from law-abiding citizens’ hands. Mandatory storage laws won’t cut it, either, because the storage systems themselves can be stolen along with the guns. This includes gun locks, obviously, but also full-sized gun safes. Oh, they may be heavy, but they’re not immovable. After all, they had to be moved in.
Of course, the bigger problem is that it takes so long for a murder suspect to be brought to trial. Lewis is charged with a murder from 2017. It’s 2020 right now. That’s three years and he wasn’t set for trial until July of next year. Three and a half years.
Now, in fairness, the initial grand jury declined to indict. He was rearrested in September 2019, which means it’s “only” a little over a year and a half. Somehow, that doesn’t make it a whole lot better.
Let me be clear, I don’t oppose people being released on bond. They’re innocent until proven guilty, after all.
What I do have a problem with is a criminal justice system that takes this long to bring people to trial, particularly for cases like murder. If anti-gunners want to address violent crime, this would be a dandy place to start that doesn’t interfere with anyone’s rights. Hell, since the Constitution guarantees a speedy trial, it even enhances it.
Think any of them will jump on that bandwagon?
Yeah, me neither.