This may come as a shock to some, but a new study found that criminals don’t buy guns legally.
Turns out, criminals aren’t really keen on doing paperwork and getting background checks.
According to the study by University of Chicago and Duke University:
First, it is rare for offenders to obtain their guns directly from the formal market: Only 10% of recently incarcerated state prison inmates who carried a gun indicate that they purchased that gun from a licensed dealer (gun store or pawnbroker). Rather, most of the transactions (70%) are with social connections(friends and family) or with “street” sources. The latter may include fences, drug dealers, brokers who sell guns, and gangs.
Cash purchases and trades constitute about half of all transactions. About one in six are temporary arrangements involving a gun owned by someone else, and take the form of borrowing, renting, or holding the gun. Perhaps surprisingly, one in ten guns are gifts — but gifting of guns is also quite common in the population at large. Finally, the respondent admits to having stolen the gun in only a small fraction of cases, so it appears that theft is of scant importance as an immediate source of guns to gang members — despite the fact that there are something like 250,000 guns reported stolen each year in the U.S.(Langton, 2012). It should be noted that theft may play a greater role at an earlier stage of moving guns from the licit to the illicit sector.
One last thing:
Almost all of those for which there was any description were handguns: among the primary guns there was just one rifle and one shotgun, and similarly for the secondary guns. For the 50 primary handguns, 72% were pistols an d28% revolvers.The predominance of handguns accords with other sources of information, including data from crime guns recovered by police and submitted for tracing (Cook et al., 2015).
Of the primary guns,just five would be classifed asassault weapons, including a TEC-9, TEC-11, and AK47. As has frequently been reported,assault weapons play only a small role in everyday crime (Koper,2013).
What does this tell us?
First, gun control laws aren’t going to keep criminals from getting guns. The only way to do that is to ban them worldwide, confiscate them all and then destroy them. Then, you’d need to find a way to keep criminals from manufacturing them and selling them on the black market.
Second, gun control advocates are constantly trying to ban guns that are really scary looking or something, but never deal with the guns mainly used by criminals.
(Sen. Diane Feinstein, call your office.)
Who’s doing it?
PBS says gangs are responsible for a majority of the killing:
If you are willing to shoot indiscriminately into a playground, you aren’t going to follow gun control laws to get the gun to do it. It’s common sense.
Restricting the access of guns for law abiding citizens isn’t the solution. Believe it or not, Mayor Rahm Emanuel hit on part of the solution in the video.
He said, “There’s a big debate out there about fatherhood. It’s a fair discussion. Let’s have it, because the fathers have to be present. The fathers have to be there and teach.”
They do. Many gang members don’t have fathers in their lives. It’s a simple fact.
The other key to decreasing the gun violence is reforming America’s war on drugs. It’s time to recognize that restricting my right to bear arms isn’t going to decrease gun violence in Chicago or anywhere else.
Ending the war on drugs would be the single biggest anti-gun violence measure that could be taken on the federal level.
Not just in Chicago, but across the country.
Clearly back ground checks and gun bans aren’t going to do it.
If you’re interested, here’s the study mentioned at the beginning of the article –
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