Gun control, we’re told, will keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. If we have enough gun control–which always seems to be just one more law away–then we’ll see an end to our violent crime problems.
Explosives, of course, are heavily controlled. Military ordinance is especially controlled because, well, it’s the military and they tend to want to keep their stuff, to say nothing of the destructive nature of explosives in general.
Luckily, we don’t find explosives in unlicensed hands.
Two active-duty staff sergeants were arrested for possession of explosives, according to the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office.
In a statement released Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said Staff Sgts. Christopher Reese, 30, and Lue Lor, 30, were arrested after an investigation conducted by both MCSO and the Criminal Investigation Division of Ft. Moore.
Deputies seized 33 explosive devices, 20 rifles, seven handguns, a mortar shell and $3,100 worth of steroids.
It’s unclear what they intended to do with the explosives and the guns.
Reese was charged with 33 counts of possession of explosive devices. Lue was charged with two counts of possession of explosive devices and oe count of possession of steroids with extent to distribute.
That’s a fair bit of ordnance to be keeping at your house.
It should be noted that there are no charges for the rifles, which suggests they were all obtained legally.
The explosives were probably stolen from Fort Moore (Which I’ll always think of as Fort Benning. Sorry not sorry.) though they might have come into possession via some other means.
For some, that somehow negates this showing how gun control won’t work. I disagree. After all, people steal guns all the time, which is how they typically end up in criminal hands.
I mean, the police also found quite a bit of steroids. The last time I checked, those weren’t stored on Army bases as a general thing. Sure, some performance-enhancing drugs might be in an on-base pharmacy, but as someone who worked in a military pharmacy for a while, you don’t just walk into one of those.
It remains to be seen what these two had planned, though I wouldn’t be surprised to learn they had nothing really planned. Some people just want to have things for the sake of having them. That includes things like grenades, mortar shells, and so on. It might not be smart to have live ordnance sitting around your house, but I get that some people would want it for the sake of wanting it.
Despite the rules against owning explosives and all the controls the military has in place to prevent this kind of thing from happening, it happened.
You’re not going to be able to tell me that despite being unable to keep explosives out of people’s hands, we actually can keep bad people from getting guns regardless of the estimated 400 million firearms currently in civilian hands.
No, gun controllers will keep selling that fantasy and some people will keep buying it.
Meanwhile, some are going to be getting explosives instead.