Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Leave the gun; take the cannoli
Traditional criminal wisdom says you should never keep the murder weapon with you after the job. The same goes for guns used in crimes other than murder, I suppose. Many are left for the police to collect, others are permanently disposed of in sewers or rivers or the ocean. They must add up, which means that in addition to the "flow" that I'm always talking about from the good guys to the bad guys, there's another one which is out of circulation completely.
How does this impact on the statistics? Does it mean that a large number of new guns must be produced each year just to make up for the loss to attrition?
What do you think?