Gun control is premised on the idea that if you restrict something enough, criminals won’t be able to get their hands on it. The fact that it makes it harder for law-abiding citizens to get them also is incidental. In the mind of a gun control advocate–one that isn’t interested in outright banning them, anyway–that’s a small price to pay.
On paper, that sort of makes some degree of sense. After all, most guns obtained by criminals are stolen, so if good guys can’t get guns, who will bad guys steal them from?
In truth, it’s more complicated than that. Guns come from a number of sources, for one thing. For another, drugs like cocaine and meth are impossible for the law-abiding to obtain, and yet, criminals get those just fine.
And those criminals, despite laws designed to prevent it, seem to get plenty of guns.
The office of acting U.S. Attorney William Stetzer for North Carolina’s Western District announced that 25 people have been indicted on charges connected to trafficking methamphetamine and having illegal guns.
According to Stetzer, four of the defendants have not yet been arrested. The U.S. Attorney confirmed that the indictments stem from an investigation that began in April of 2020 and ended in May of this year.
Stetzer says that law enforcement agencies seized methamphetamine, as well as illegally possessed guns and ammunition more than $12,000 in drug trafficking money back in May.
Over and over again, we see the very people who were supposed to be prevented from owning guns getting them anyway. That’s because gun control has been a complete and total failure.
Look, I do get why many people support those laws. For the vast majority, it’s really about trying to stop the violence on our streets. People are being shot and they don’t know what to do about it, so they figure if those people can’t get the weapons, then all will be right as rain.
Meanwhile, we have stuff like drugs screwing up people despite all the laws. How can you look at that fact, then ignore it when talking about guns?
Honestly, it makes no sense. People will still get drugs, but if you make guns illegal, they’ll just disappear? Seriously?
Folks, use your head.
Yes, meth is domestically produced, but so can firearms, and I’m not talking about what most folks think of when they say “ghost guns,” either. I’m talking about something much more dangerous.
And we’ll still have drugs imported, which means guns will simply take the same pipeline and probably from the same people. Just because they’re allegedly getting guns from the US doesn’t mean they can’t get them from somewhere else.
Everywhere you turn, we see all the ways the gun grabbers are wrong, and yet the media parrots those talking points without even blinking. They never look at cases like this and recognize that if we can’t keep drugs off our streets–something far less controversial than gun control–then how are we supposed to get guns off of them?
The answer, of course, is we can’t.
What we’d really need to do is what we try with drugs. We need to try and interrupt the demand, to get people from wanting an illegal gun in the first place.
Of course, if you suggest that in this day and age, people look at you like you’re insane…even while supporting programs that are essentially doing just that. Look at New York City, for example. Their Advance Peace initiative pays money for people to keep their noses clean. That’s basically trying to interrupt the demand for illegal guns.
Much as people are bothered by that initiative, let’s also be honest. It’s more likely to work than gun control ever will.