Thieves broke into five U.S. Forest Service Police vehicles as the officers slept at an Albuquerque hotel, taking off with several high-powered rifles, laptops and radios.It's interesting because it illustrates the concept of "gun flow." It also offers a chance to explore the concept of shared responsibility.
The officers discovered the thefts at the Sheraton Uptown early Thursday morning and called Albuquerque police.
As police investigated, Bernalillo County firefighters responded to a fire on Albuquerque's West Mesa, where they discovered some of the stolen laptops, radios and documents burning.
Officials are focusing their efforts on the weapons, which are still missing. The fire destroyed much of the evidence, making the investigation that much harder.
In a case like this, obviously the thieves are the guilty ones. But, doesn't their guilt presuppose the cops had secured the weapons properly? In other words, what if the officers had forgot to lock their vehicles? What if they had left the guns unsecured on the back seat? Would they then share in the responsibility?
One example of shared responsibility that no one seems to have a problem with is the case of the Oklahoma pharmacist. Some of the folks who have criticized me about my ideas on shared responsibility, whether it be brutal killers who have suffered from addictions or child abuse, or the idea that legal gun owners share in the responsibility for gun crime in general, have no problem with the fact that the pharmacist, who is charged with 1st Degree Murder, wouldn't have had to do it if the kid hadn't have tried to rob the store. In their view, it was the dead teenager's fault, not the pharmacist's.
In the case of the stolen Forest Service guns the police officers have become unwitting players in the unstoppable flow of guns that continually feeds the criminal world in America.
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