Wednesday, September 2, 2015

And In Other Breaking News... Water Is Wet

What does it tell you when a University that has never been overly friendly to firearm rights can't manipulate the data enough to do anything but admit that (shockingly) criminals break the law to get guns.  
  Crime lab co-director Harold Pollack said the study shows that “some of the pathways [regarding guns] people are concerned about don’t seem so dominant.” He said very few inmates indicated using gun shows or the internet. Rather, they get the guns in undetectable ways on the street.

Really? You don't say? 

So criminals are using their criminal friends/family to 'legally' buy them irregardless of waiting periods or FOID cards, stealing them, or getting them from other criminals. 

And this part tells why:
He said the inmates know they run the risk of being caught by police but “were less concerned about getting caught by the cops than being put in the position of not having a gun to defend themselves and then getting shot.”
Why are the 'less concerned'?  Because they're not being prosecuted.  Now these aren't Josh Sugarmann's favorite targets of a CCW holder walking into a prohibited area while carrying, these are individuals w/ no CCW, no FOID, criminal records a mile long...walking out of jail a few hours later and having their charges reduced or dismissed. Over and over and over again.

The people buying the guns and selling them to criminals?  Same thing.  No point in going after the straw purchasers because neither the city, state, nor feds will bother with it. Over and over and over again.

All these vaunted laws to stop criminals and they're not being used to stop criminals.  Instead, according to the anti-gun pundits, we need MORE laws to stop criminals, most of which are designed to hinder, harass, and infringe upon those NOT breaking the laws in the first place. 

Is it any wonder why most firearm owners (at least those who pay attention) oppose any new laws?

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1 comment:

Matthew said...

This study is by the tend to be anti/neutral and do good science regardless Cook and Ludwig. Note the difference in methodology and thoroughness between them and Hemenway, the current Bloomberg/Joyce go-to for biased science done poorly.

Hemenway is like a one man CDC in his "gun violence -is- a public health issue" premise begging.