Oregon man arrested for making guns, selling fentanyl

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Oregon, like most states on the West Coast, aren’t big fans of the Second Amendment. Oh, politicians may pay lip service to it, but they don’t actually like it or really support it. That should be obvious to anyone remotely paying attention.


Gun laws there are a lot tougher than in many other states, even if they’re not as bad as some lawmakers would prefer.

Which is interesting because of this guy:

A federal raid this week of a Salem home turned up evidence that a 29-year-old man was manufacturing and selling firearms and distributing counterfeit pills made with fentanyl in exchange for other guns, according to prosecutors.

Agents from the U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, working with Salem police, seized 63 firearms from the home Tuesday in what a federal prosecutor called a “massive ghost gun firearm operation,” and what is believed to be the largest found in Oregon.

The guns were found amid approximately 200 counterfeit blue M30 oxycontin pills, suspected to be made from potent fentanyl and a small quantity of suspected heroin that has driven overdose deaths up in the state and nationally.

Oh, well, gun control clearly works because he had to make guns, right?

Sure. Keep telling yourself that.

Keep in mind that the one thing in this country more tightly controlled than firearms are drugs, and this guy didn’t have too much difficulty getting hold of those, now did he?

See, for all the alarmism about so-called ghost guns, people forget that criminals were getting firearms long before people were so easily able to build firearms at home. That wasn’t a thing when crime started soaring in the 1970s through the 90s.

It seems to me that if someone can get fentanyl, they can find a way to get firearms too, even if “ghost guns” were no longer a thing.


Maybe it’s just me, but criminals in countless other countries–nations with much stricter gun control policies than we have–seem to get guns readily enough as well. If gun control was this amazing thing, then why is this the case?

Or, maybe the problem is that criminals are going to do criminal things and it’s time to stop penalizing law-abiding citizens for the crap that bad people do. You know, instead of banning things–things done mostly by people who aren’t criminals–you start cracking down on people who are doing the things that are already illegal.

You don’t stop armed robbery by requiring universal background checks, for example. You stop it by arresting people who commit armed robbery.

But in Oregon, they focus on “ghost guns” because they either can’t or won’t deal with the real problem, even trying to push the ATF to ban them federally.

Yet we see that if the laws regarding opioids aren’t really going to stop someone like this, there’s no reason to think another layer of gun control would. It won’t.

That wont’ stop some of the stupid people in Oregon for trying to push more and more for additional restrictions, though.

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