In cases like this, I often talk about shared responsibility. The gun owner makes the theft easier by not following procedure, like in this case, or by some other act of stupidity or sloppiness. The thief steals the gun.
I keep hearing cries of, "only the thief is responsible." Well, that's true as far as it goes.
Here's where we've gotten off on the wrong foot. When I talk about shared responsibility, some people, especially the contentious and argumentative ones, think there's one only one amount of responsibility that must be divided up among all the participants. That's not it at all.
The thief is 100% responsible for stealing the gun.
The gun owner is 100% responsible for making that possible either by failing to follow procedure like in this case, officers are supposed to have their weapons with them, or by leaving the gun in a vulnerable place. In homes, depending on the state, there are safe storage laws aimed at preventing theft.
Violation of these regulations should be more carefully monitored and more severely punished.
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