Michigan man charged with stealing 49 guns

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In the gun debate, arguments for gun control almost universally revolve around supposedly keeping guns out of the wrong hands. To hear the anti-Second Amendment crowd tell it, gun control that dictates who can buy and sell guns will somehow impact the firearms in criminal hands.


Now, in theory, I can see how some of that might have an impact in a perfect world. There are two problems with this idea, though.

One is that we don’t have a perfect world, we have this one.

The other is that gun control only impacts lawful sales. It doesn’t do anything if you get a guy like this:

A Grand Rapids man was arraigned on Monday after allegedly stealing 49 guns from a sporting goods store and crashing into a McDonalds in Cutlerville.

Johon Woods, 27, has been charged with breaking & entering, possession of burglar’s tools, carjacking, carrying a concealed weapon, felon in possession of a firearm and automobile theft. He is being held at the Kent County jail with a $100,000 bond.

On Monday, just after 12:30 a.m., deputies with the Kent County Sheriff’s Office were sent to Al & Bob’s Sports at 510 68th Street SW near US-131. When they arrived, they saw a truck speeding off, and they attempted to pull it over.

Woods then apparently crashed into a local McDonald’s. He tried to steal a car at a nearby gas station but was arrested before he could pull that off.

Somehow, I doubt he underwent a criminal background check before stealing those guns.

He damn sure didn’t fill out a form 4473.

So then please tell me just how new gun control laws will stop people like this? Trust me, he wasn’t stealing them because he really needed to hunt for food. He was stealing them so he could sell them on the black market.

He (allegedly) was trying to put guns in the hands of criminals despite any and all gun control laws already on the books.


Further, there are absolutely no gun control laws remotely fathomable under the loosest understanding of the Constitution that would remotely impact Woods’ alleged actions.

In other words, no matter how many laws you pass, you’ll always get someone like this who will steal guns, either those meant for lawful sale or those lawfully purchased, just to put them in criminal hands.

The bad guys will always be able to get guns.

So whenever someone tries to push for gun control, they’re not actually hurting people like this. The most their doing is potentially increasing the profit margin for black market dealers while law-abiding citizens are struggling to find ways to defend themselves.

Gun control fails to account for the thieves and black market dealers. Some proponents of those measures think it does, but it never has and never will.

Some will say that’s by design while others don’t, but for me, it doesn’t really matter. It’s precisely why gun control fails time and time again. It’s never going to work and it’s well past time folks stop trying to cram it down the throats of the American public.

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