If you listen to politicians and the mainstream media, where do criminals get their guns? The “gun show loophole”? The Internet?
And of course, the way to “stop gun violence” is through more background checks (e.g. “no fly, no buy”), assault weapons bans, etc.. Right?
The truth is of course something completely different.
ABC 13 out of Houston, Texas investigated. (h/t Phil Wong)
To get our data, we sent surveys to every killer who used a gun to murder someone in Harris County since 2014. We wanted to know how they got their gun, what they paid, and how often, if ever, they went through a background check.
It may not be the most scientific of surveys, but it’s a pretty good way to go. I mean, why not actually ask the people who committed the crime what the crime was they committed! Nothing like getting the information direct from the source.
Here’s a relevant finding:
Nearly 90 percent of our survey respondents got their weapons outside the legal regulated gun market. None shopped at a gun show – and most traded for their weapons or got them from a friend for free.
Another finding? The overwhelming majority used handguns.
Basically this means things like expanding background checks (heck, ANY background checks) and assault weapons bans (heck, ANY sort of ban) will stop virtually NOTHING. Well correction: it will stop the law-abiding citizenry, who are the so-called “good people” of society. The criminals? The “bad-people”? the ones that are murdering and killing? It won’t stop them one bit.
You know what will stop them?
In the article is a video of an interview with Cedric Jones, a murderer serving time for his crime.
There ain’t gonna be no law to stop you from carrying a gun. It’s not. There’s been laws, they didn’t stop me from carrying a gun. It’s all about me staying alive. A law ain’t gonna stop me. I ain’t worry about no law. I’m worried about this dude come and shoot me.
Let his words sink in.
He knows about the laws. He doesn’t care about the laws.
What does he care about?
Not getting himself shot and killed.
So you tell me.
What do you think a criminal fears?
What do you think will actually stop a criminal?
You might find the answer repugnant, but Truth isn’t always pretty. That’s why it’s called the Ugly Truth.