While I vehemently support the Second Amendment, I’d be a fool to pretend guns don’t end up on the black market and in the hands of bad people. Then again, I don’t know anyone who pretends such a thing, at least not on the pro-gun side of things.
In 2018, a police officer in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado was shot by such a weapon.
Now, a news station has done some digging, and what they found was interesting.
What happens after a gun is used in a crime? The FOX31 Problem Solvers discovered that sometimes it can be complicated to track.
One handgun used by a teenager to shoot a Cherry Hills Village police officer in 2018 was traded with or sold to several other teens before a different man later used the weapon to shoot at a semi-truck driver in Aurora.
Evidence obtained by the Problem Solvers after both shooting cases were closed shows how a web of young people had access to the same gun, and that they used various methods, including Facebook, to get rid of it before it was linked to the crimes.
Social media often shows gun exchanges
“It’s a rather involved case in the sense that there were a lot of people that had possession of the firearm that was used after the shooting occurred,” said former Aurora Police Det. Andy McDermott, who worked as a lead investigator.
“It’s not unusual at all to see someone utilize a firearm in a crime and then pass that on only to receive another one,” McDermott said. “Sometimes, they’ll trade. Sometimes, they’ll purchase. Sometimes they’ll steal them, but it’s very common to see them exchanged, and we see a lot of that through social media.”
It’s an interesting piece, to say the least.
Now, let’s unpack the political side of this for a bit.
Colorado is a universal background state. If you want to buy or sell a gun there, you’re supposed to go to a licensed gun dealer and have them conduct a background check. As we can see, that’s simply not happening if for no other reason than a licensed dealer won’t perform a check on a teenager.
There are numerous state and federal laws being violated with each and every one of those transactions, last that are meant to prevent them from taking place.
Yet they do.
And that’s the problem with gun control. It’s predicated on being able to stop the behavior in an entire class of people who, by their very nature, don’t obey the law in the first place.
This is the black market in action, folks. This is the kind of thing it looks like, and do you really think making me go through a background check to buy a gun from a guy I went to high school with is going to really make an impact on something like that?
This is the reality, though, and this is why gun control doesn’t work as advertised. No law will stop or change this behavior, either.