Feds charge more than 100 people with breaking gun laws

Feds charge more than 100 people with breaking gun laws
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If you go to an anti-gun website, you’ll see dozens of mentions of just how well gun laws work. We’re told they keep bad people from getting guns and the only reason we have a problem with violent crime is simply because we don’t have enough of them.

Well, a recent series of arrests over multiple states makes it easy to question that belief.

Federal authorities announced a blitz of arrests and indictments Wednesday against more than 100 people charged with gun and drug crimes in three U.S. states.

The flurry of charges from the Justice Department in Georgia, West Virginia and New York comes as federal officials work to combat an uptick in violent crime, particularly involving guns. The Biden administration has tried to showcase federal, state and local efforts to get guns and repeat shooters off the streets.

Federal prosecutors and FBI agents were particularly busy in southern Georgia, where an indictment was unsealed charging 76 people with involvement in what authorities called a gang-related network that distributed methamphetamine, fentanyl and other illegal drugs. Authorities called it the largest indictment ever filed in the 43-county Southern District of Georgia.

The FBI sent SWAT teams and agents from Atlanta and neighboring South Carolina and Florida Wednesday to help round up more than 30 suspects in coastal Brunswick and surrounding Georgia communities, said Jermaine Deans, the assistant agent in charge of the FBI’s Atlanta office. He said one man who fled was arrested with 122 grams (4.3 ounces) of fentanyl.

Most of the others charged were already behind bars for prior crimes. Nine charged in the indictment remained at large, authorities said.

In New York, four men accused of selling more than 50 guns to an undercover police officer in Brooklyn were charged Wednesday under a new federal gun trafficking law. They were also charged with trafficking fentanyl and crack cocaine.

U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said some of the guns came from Virginia, were made from ghost gun kits or had defaced serial numbers, making them harder to trace. New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said three of the guns were traced to previous shootings in the city.

Peace said it was one of the first prosecutions brought under the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law last June.

But, it sure seems like the new law didn’t do jack to actually prevent these people from committing crimes. Funny, that.

Look, these guys had both guns and fentanyl. There are a host of laws against what they did with both of those items. Yet, here we are. We’re seeing a pile of people arrested and absolutely no evidence that gun laws slowed anyone down.

“But ghost guns!”

They got fentanyl. Do you think they’d be unable to get firearms if unserialized firearms vanished off the face of the planet today? If so, you’re probably the kind of person who needs a constant reminder to breathe.

Drugs may well be the only item in the nation more heavily regulated than firearms. May. It’s a close thing, really.

So if the plethora of drug laws in the country can’t stop the spread of fentanyl, then just how are new gun laws going to stop bad people from getting guns?

More than 100 people were involved in this operation. There’s a good chance that some of them may end up in the same prison and meet one another for the very first time. This was a sophisticated operation and one that likely will continue without these 100 or so folks.

Are you really going to tell me that you think just a few more gun laws will do what countless others haven’t? Even though we have evidence that these people can get drugs?

Then again, people pushing gun laws actually do think that.