Alabama arrest shows how homemade guns are here to stay

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Since well before this country was actually a country, homemade guns were a thing. It wasn’t just accepted, it was considered a basic right. After all, if I’m required to buy a gun from a licensed gun maker, then just how is my right to keep and bear arms not being infringed upon?

These days, there are plenty of people who think the idea you can build your own gun–and that an industry has sprung up to make it easier–is vile and evil.

They want the practice to be banned.

However, an Alabama arrest provides just one reason why homemade guns aren’t going anywhere.

Three people were arrested Tuesday on several drug charges and deputies continue to search for two more who ran away.

Franklin County officials said their drug task force was investigating drug complaints at a home on Old Winstead Road in the Spruce Pine community. When deputies arrived at the home two men ran from a camper on the property into the woods.

Officials said they also found methamphetamine, marijuana, needles, guns and homemade guns, capable of firing shotgun ammo, inside the trailer.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen a “ghost gun” kit that’s designed to shoot shotgun ammo.

Couple this with the “Smith & Meth-son” Cam talked about earlier this week, and you can see precisely why banning homemade firearm kits will have no real impact on criminals making their own firearms.

I mean, these are being built without the kits, it seems.

Criminals are criminals. They’re going to do what they want with whatever they have available. While a new law may put up a roadblock for them, it’s just a matter of time before they find a way around it. Remember when you could get Sudafed over the counter? They put it behind the counter and restricted its purchase to thwart meth makers.

Meth is still being made. The bad guys just started using other stuff instead of Sudafed. As I said, they found a way around the roadblock.

Why would guns be any different?

Homemade guns are going to be popular in this country, regardless of what the laws say. They were popular before Polymer80 sprung up and they’ll be popular well after the company becomes a footnote in history–regardless of whether it is government or time that makes it so.

You’re not going to change this immutable fact.

If you could, why would these people in Alabama have been running a drug operation? Why would there be any drug operations? I mean, drugs are responsible for more fatalities every year than guns, so why not stop that?

The answer, of course, is we can’t. There’s literally nothing that can be done to prevent criminal outfits from producing and distributing drugs.

Yet if that’s the case, how can we suddenly trust that not only can the government do this with guns, but do so in a way that doesn’t take away our right to keep and bear arms?

Again, we can’t. It’s simply not possible, and it’s time everyone acknowledges this basic fact.