Prevent gun theft to protect gun rights (and society)

Prevent gun theft to protect gun rights (and society)

In a way of thinking, gun ownership in America is deeply rooted in a desire for personal responsibility. Many gun owners carry a gun out of a desire to defend themselves if attacked, and many Americans take pride in being able to defend their family and loved ones by keeping a weapon in their home. But there is another element to personal responsibility that attaches to gun ownership, and this one happens to offer an easy way to diminish calls for gun restrictions in the future. To wit, if more gun owners took simple steps to keep their lawfully owned guns from being stolen and used by criminals, then society would be better off and there would be fewer calls for more gun controls. Consider what’s unfolding in Arlington, Texas. In this large and sprawling community, Police Chief AI Jones has noted that a recent spate of violence actually stems from criminals stealing guns from cars, many left unlocked. Jones said he has seen a rise in violence in Arlington that is due to teenagers having access to guns and that most of the guns being confiscated by police have been stolen from vehicles. In fact, over the past three years more than half of the firearms stolen in Arlington had been taken from vehicles. Given these stats in just one North Texas community, we’d argue that gun owners’ better securing their privately owned weapons could be among the easiest things Second Amendment advocates could do to cut down […]

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