I realize that's not a very solid statistic, but it seems things are improving there in a state with good gun laws, compared to what's happening in Austin Texas this year.This year, police have confiscated over 200 guns. The majority of them are tied to a criminal investigation and the rest—about two dozen—were either found or taken for safekeeping. Police confiscated 476 guns in 2009, more than a gun a day..
I don't think they intended it to be, but I find that a chilling statement. It means that the country is becoming so saturated with weapons that even in California, they are flowing into the criminal world from multiple sources.Police were hoping to find a pattern so they could disrupt any possible gun-trafficking rings in the city. “We kind of suspected that guns were coming from gun shows in Reno or Arizona, or from states that have lax gun laws—guys driving out there and bringing back carloads of guns.”
But those ATF resources revealed there was no pattern. “Most of the guns come from all over the place and they’ve been out there in circulation for three years and beyond.”
The gun crowd seems to be saying that there's nothing we can do about this, that if gun control laws haven't worked in places like California, then they cannot work, period. I disagree wholeheartedly. Much stricter gun laws are required, laws that will inconvenience legitimate gun owners for the greater good.
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