Exactly what can be learned by asking those who have committed murder with firearms how they got their guns? A lot, judging from a recent abc13.com report out of Houston—and most of it has nothing to do with further restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
The radio station sent surveys to every killer who used a gun to murder someone in Harris County since 2014. It asked how they got their gun, what they paid, and how often, if ever, they went through a background check.
The interesting results included such facts as:
90 percent of those surveyed received their gun on the black market. They either traded goods for the firearm or a friend gave them the gun;
63 percent of the guns were stolen and the majority of them were given to the perpetrator for free;
90 percent of the surveyors weren’t eligible to legally buy a gun because of past criminal convictions; and
100 percent of the surveyors carried concealed despite failing to have a CCW permit.
It’s obvious that, at least in this case, these violent criminals had no interest in following current firearm laws. Of course, what criminals do?
Proposed Michigan AWB Under Fire
Michigan Republicans are vowing to put a stop to a recently introduced measure that would ban common firearms and normal-size magazines.
House Bill 5996 would ban the sale and ownership of commonly owned semi-automatic rifles and handguns, as well as the use of detachable magazines capable of containing more than 10 rounds.
"It's just so flawed," Republican state Sen. Ken Horn told Mlive.com. “It would take honest law-abiding citizens and turn them automatically into criminals. It does nothing directly to stop the criminal element.”
Horn went on to explain how law-abiding gun owners are exasperated for always being blamed for criminal violence that doesn’t involve them. "Let's create an environment where honest, law-abiding citizens don't have to look over their shoulder every damn time something happens, then we can talk," he said.
Armed Pizza Restaurant Employee Stops Robbery
A North Carolina restaurant employee used his legally owned firearm to stop a late-night robbery over the weekend.
According to local media reports, three people tried to rob a Charlotte, N.C., Pizza Hut just before 1:40 a.m. on Sunday. Police said that an employee fired his personal handgun at one of the armed intruders, ending the robbery attempt.
According to police, one robber died at the scene, and police found the gun he had been carrying when he was shot. No customers were in the restaurant at the time of the attempted robbery.