“Ghost guns.” The very name is designed to elicit fear and concern over our very safety.
Yet, there’s more hype than threat surrounding these firearms, but the media has kept beating the drum over the “growing” threat these weapons supposedly present.
Of course, that hype extends to the White House, where President Joe Biden has already taken his own stab at regulating ghost guns. Now, Congress wants to get in on the act.
Just in case you might have harbored some inkling of a thought that they’d approach this from a fair position, you can give it up. Just look at who they tapped to chair the hearings.
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut chaired a key judiciary subcommittee hearing about a proposal to ban so-called “ghost guns” in an attempt to prevent gun violence.
Ghost guns are firearms that can be built from a kit ordered off the internet. Blumenthal said they can kill just as many people as guns bought from a store. But this gun doesn’t require an ID, licensing or a background check to purchase.
“In Connecticut, police have recently seized ghost guns in narcotics investigations, traffic stops and home invasions. In Hartford in recent years, police have seized roughly 10 ghost guns per year, and just last fall police arrested a suspect in possession of a ghost gun in connection in a shooting in East Hartford,” Blumenthal said.
Nicholas Suplina is with Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit that advocates for gun control.
“We’ve learned that ghost guns are rapidly becoming the weapon of choice for armed extremists. The House Committee on Homeland Security has concluded that ghost guns are a threat to our national security, and we have found numerous examples of white supremacists and anti-government extremist groups building ghost guns and using them with deadly intention and effect,” Suplina said.
And yet, these claims are typically devoid of any actual numbers. They make these claims, but without actual data, it’s impossible to evaluate this information for ourselves. For example, if only two such weapons were recovered in one year, and three were found over the next year, that would account for a 50 percent increase in recovery of these types of guns. However, a one-gun increase isn’t something to worry about.
Give us numbers. If this is that big of a threat, providing actual hard data shouldn’t be that hard.
Of course, even if it is, so what?
Look, I don’t like the bad guys getting guns any better than anyone else, but the genie is long out of the bottle on these weapons. Take away the kits and people will simply buy the parts piecemeal instead. Try to regulate the parts and you’ll have an issue because those parts are also replacement parts for lawfully purchased firearms.
Even if you put an end to ghost guns forever, criminals are still getting guns without too much issue.
But hey, at least we know we’ll get a fair shake with Sen. Dick “Stolen Valor” Blumenthal at the helm, am I right? He’s absolutely not a rabid anti-gunner who absolutely can’t be trusted to run a fair hearing or anything. Nah.
Meanwhile, though, there are steps the government could take that would likely pass through bipartisan action that would have a real impact on violent crime in this nation. They’re not interested in that, though, because it doesn’t pander to their base enough.