Baltimore is a special place.
That’s not necessarily a good thing, either. After all, it’s one of the more violent cities in the United States right now and it has been for quite some time. There are a variety of reasons for that.
However, it seems at least one bad guy with a homemade firearm decided to help the police out.
Baltimore police arrested a 21-year-old man on Sunday after they saw him brandishing a firearm on a social media platform, according to authorities.
Members of the Baltimore Police Department’s Southwest District Action Team arrested the man in the 300 block of South Franklintown Road, police said.
They found the man to be in possession of a Polymer 80 “ghost gun,” a substance that they believe to be crack cocaine, and some money, authorities said.
Ghost guns are firearms made with parts purchased online that allow people to skirt background checks.
Mayor Brandon Scott and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison recently joined Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and officials from across the state to push for a ban on ghost guns.
The rest of the story focuses on homemade firearms, calling them all “ghost guns” for maximum emotional impact.
However, it should be noted that the unnamed man would likely have gotten a different gun had the Polymer 80 not been available. It’s not like Maryland’s numerous gun control laws have ever done anything to curb Baltimore’s violence long before homemade guns became a thing.
But right now, homemade firearms are the big bugaboo for anti-Second Amendment types, so that’s where the media is going to spend most of its column inches whenever they get a chance.
Meanwhile, I’m looking at how this dipstick was prancing around on social media with drugs and guns and somehow thought he’d get away with it. It’s always a glorious day when the bad guys make it easier on the good guys.
“If those guns were banned, though, maybe he wouldn’t have been armed,” someone will argue, but I remind you that it was already illegal for him to have a gun. Whether he was a felon or not, those who are part of the illegal drug trade cannot lawfully own firearms.
Maryland is considering a ban on homemade firearms right now, which is likely why so much of the story is dedicated to those kinds of guns, but we should remember that these firearms show up in states where they’re already banned, which suggests that those laws haven’t done jack.
That likely won’t stop anything in Maryland, either.
After all, if bans worked and banning so-called ghost guns in Maryland would have prevented this dipstick from having a firearm (allegedly), then how was it he was able to get his hands on crack? The last time I checked, that was illegal in all 50 states and pretty much every nation on Earth.
If bans worked, drugs wouldn’t have been on the premises in the first place.
That’s something all the anti-Second Amendment types would do well to remember as they push to ban various things related to firearms.