Some people really do believe gun control works. They really think that if we just get the right combination of laws, we’ll have no more armed criminals to worry about.
They’re almost adorable in their stupidity.
What we know from years of studying the issue is that criminals have an uncanny ability to get their hands on illegal goods. Look at the drug trade, for example. We’re talking about outright banned substances or some of the most heavily regulated goods out there in the case of those with medicinal value, and yet they keep finding their way into criminal hands.
But I’m sure guns will be different, right.
Dashwarn Terrell Swygert, 27, was sentenced to more than 12 years after he plead guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.
According to reports from February 2020, Swygert sold six handguns, one of which had an extended magazine, to undercover ATF agents. During the investigation, Swygert bragged to others that he was selling guns to individuals who were running them up north. After his arrest in March 2020, agents recovered another loaded firearm.
In total seven handguns were recovered from Swygert; four of the guns were stolen.
And this is a convicted felon, folks. He got 12 years because, as a felon, he sold guns to other people.
How many gun control laws did he violate?
Yeah, that’s what I thought.
See, the problem is that someone like Swygert doesn’t care about the legality of a thing, only the profit he could derive from that thing. If it weren’t guns, it’s likely he’d be selling something else illegal or illegally obtained.
With guns, the problem a lot of people fail to understand is that bad guys don’t care about laws. They’re not interested in following them. They’re interested in what they can get and little else.
So what gun laws do is restrict law-abiding folks like you and me while, at best, doing nothing to people like Swygert. Arguably, they benefit people like him, creating a market for his stolen or otherwise illegally obtained firearms.
That’s part of why so many of us refuse to budge on gun control. It’s not that it doesn’t work perfectly, it’s that ultimately, it doesn’t work at all. Meanwhile, it creates barriers that keep us from being able to combat the very evil that surrounds us, the evil that cares nothing about the law.
Swygert is going to prison for a while. However, there will be others who will more than pick up the slack left by his incarceration. Hell, his case appears to have only been a drop in the bucket. Someone will fill that void and sell plenty of guns to bad people.
Meanwhile, the gun control crowd will continue to crow about how gun control not only works but that it’s apparently the only thing that will work and if you don’t agree with them, you simply want people to die.
Nothing could be further from the truth, but try convincing them of that.