The Center for American Progress has just released a report about gun theft, which is already serving as a tailor-made tool for those who want to extinguish your Second Amendment rights.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Center for American Progress, its first president and CEO was John Podesta, who served at President Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff, and later chaired Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The group’s report: Stolen Guns in America: A State-by-State Analysis, describes gun theft in the United States as “staggering,” and it holds gun owners responsible for the thefts, rather than the criminals themselves.
“The number of firearms being stolen in the United States is staggering—and while policymakers must take steps to mitigate this concern, gun dealers and private gun owners have a responsibility to ensure that guns are not vulnerable to theft,” the overview of the report states.
These types of reports are designed for quick plug-and-play by local media. Get ready to see it quoted ad nauseam.
In fact, as I was typing this, two Florida television stations posted stories about how the Gunshine State is #3 nationally for firearms theft, and how we need “commonsense” gun laws to insure that firearms don’t fall into the wrong hands.
Of course, the best way to keep guns from being stolen is by passing more laws, right?
The authors’ recommendations call for beefing up ATF and imposing more laws on gun owners, not criminals.
Here are the recommendations:
- Enact federal legislation to require licensed gun dealers to implement certain minimum security measures, such as securely storing guns after business hours and installing alarm systems and cameras.
- Eliminate the rider on ATF’s budget that prevents the agency from requiring licensed gun dealers to conduct an annual inventory reconciliation.
- Provide ATF with additional resources to conduct more frequent gun dealer compliance inspections.
- Implement laws or policies that require or incentivize gun owners to store firearms securely.
- Enact federal and state legislation requiring gun owners to promptly report all stolen or lost guns to law enforcement.
Of course, we already have pretty good laws to deter firearms theft — burglary and felony theft come to mind. However, the bad guys don’t always follow the law. After all, that’s what makes them bad guys. This makes no difference to the report’s authors, because only burglars can be charged with burglary. The anti-gunners want new laws that will target the gun owner — the victim — if their guns are stolen.
“Gun owners and gun dealers therefore have a compelling responsibility to take measures to help ensure that all guns in their possession are not vulnerable to theft. Implementing the policy recommendations in this report would be a smart and commonsense step forward in helping to reduce gun thefts and protect community safety.” the report states.
The report states that gun owners are “at risk,” which makes me chuckle a bit.
If a burglar skulks into our home and attempts to take our guns, I’ll let you know who’s actually at risk.