Proponents of gun control often claim that it works and that the evidence is plain to see. Of course, they often use questionable studies to provide that “plain to see” evidence.
What’s really plain to see, though, is just how little gun control does to keep guns out of the hands of people who want them badly enough and don’t care about the law.
Akron police say they seized 5 guns from a car full of teenagers.
Saturday night, just before 11:30 p.m., police say they spotted a suspicious vehicle in front of a home in the 1400 block of Minson Way. When officers approached the car, they say, they saw what appeared the be an Uzi and an AK-47 in the open trunk of the vehicle.
Police called for backup.
As officers say they detained five teens in the car, a large crowd formed around the officers. Officials say the crowd was aggressive and made threats toward the police.
Police ended up arresting one 17-year-old for two counts of Weapons Under Disability and let the rest go. They ranged in age from 15 to 18.
The thing is, two handguns were also found in the car.
While an 18-year-old can lawfully buy an AK-pattern rifle, they can’t legally buy a handgun. (Based on the report claiming the two handguns were found in the vehicle while the guns in the trunk were all rifles, it seems the Uzi was not either a pistol or the submachine gun version.)
So a group of teens, none of whom were old enough to buy such weapons, had their hands on two handguns.
Yet infringing on the Second Amendment supposedly works to reduce crime? Yeah, I’m not seeing it.
The truth is that I’ve written about tons of cases over the years. So many times we see people too young to lawfully acquire a firearm sporting any number of guns illegally. They didn’t walk into a gun store and get them, yet it’s there that gun control keeps trying to focus the attention.
And let’s also recognize that residents in this neighborhood, a place with five teens with ready access to guns–like, they were literally right there kind of access–took issue with the police.
What do you want to bet, though, that none of those surrounding these kids were Second Amendment supporters in the more broad sense? They didn’t have an issue with the police questioning the guns. They had an issue with the police just being there.
That’s a big problem, one of many that will need to be addressed in some manner, because that can’t continue.
Luckily, things didn’t turn as ugly as they could have.
Yet I also wonder if that’s why the rest of the teens were allowed to walk. If so, that’s particularly troubling since it just means you have to be loud enough to let criminals walk away.
Look, it’s time to recognize that gun control doesn’t work. It’s never worked and it’s never going to, so maybe we should focus on something that might.