Bismark Gun Theft Blows Gun Control Arguments Wide Open

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If you walk into a gun store and go to buy a gun, you have to go through a whole rigamarole. This is because gun control advocates convinced lawmakers long ago that if you put these hurdles in place, you can keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

As a result, we have to show ID and undergo a NICS background check. In some states, you have to wait a period of time to take home your firearm, too, even with a passed background check.

Meanwhile, criminals just skip all that.

A thief driving in reverse crashed a vehicle into a Bismarck gun shop early Monday and stole an unspecified number of firearms, according to police who apprehended a suspect later in the day at a convenience store.

Tjaden Smith, 22, of Bismarck, was arrested about 2 p.m. Monday, Lt. Luke Gardiner said.

Police were called to Double H Guns about 1:30 a.m. Monday. Smith allegedly rammed a service-type vehicle with cabinets on the back into the front door and stole “a number of firearms,” Gardiner said. No ammunition, gunpowder or gun accessories were stolen.

Police about 12:30 p.m. Monday responded to a gas drive-off at a Holiday store on North State Street. The vehicle involved fit the description of the one used in the gun shop burglary. An officer saw the vehicle on Calgary Avenue about 2 p.m. and followed it to a Cenex on West Divide. Smith tried to flee officers but was apprehended inside the store, Gardiner said.

Smith was arrested on suspicion of burglary, fleeing on foot, being a felon in possession of a firearm and theft of property. Formal charges were pending. It wasn’t immediately clear if Smith had an attorney.

While Smith was captured, I’ve seen reports of similar thefts from all over the nation where that didn’t happen. This isn’t Ocean’s 11 with professional thieves using exacting skills. It’s a brute-force attack on the physical structure. There’s not much you can do to stop this.

In the process, the thieves end up with numerous firearms; guns that generally end up in the hands of criminals.

See, the problem with gun control is that it blames law-abiding citizens for the actions of criminals. These stolen guns–not from this particular theft but from the countless others where the perpetrators weren’t caught–end up in the hands of bad people. They then use these guns for bad purposes. They shoot, they kill, they rob. They commit all manner of heinous indignities on society. Then the gun controllers step in and tell us that we have to give up our rights so we can stop these people.

It honestly doesn’t make any sense.

However, people buy into it kind of like how they buy into astrology, essential oils, and the idea that real communism has never really been tried. The result is that our rights are degraded while the criminals still get guns.

It’s absolutely pathetic, but a case like this should blow the gun control argument sky high. Luckily for the gun control crowd, their supporters aren’t all that logical.