I got this sent by Sam Jacobs last week and me being me, forgot to post it till today.

Very eye-opening reading and a confirmation that we still have way too many people untrained or uncared on how to properly secure our firearms.

We need to do much better.

America’s Stolen Guns: A Silent Contributor to Gun Crimes in the U.S. (2024) (ammo.com)

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

2 thoughts on “America’s Stolen Guns: A Silent Contributor to Gun Crimes : Ammo.com”
  1. You always know that people are inflating a statistic when they give cumulative data over long periods of time:

    One million firearms stolen over 5 years, or 200K per year on average.

    There are, what, about 420 million firearms circulating in the US.

    So, that’s a “shrinkage” rate of 200000/420000000 = 0.00047, or 4.7 one-hundreths of one percent per year, of the existing stock. Much better than, say, stock items in a Walgreens in Oakland, CA.

    Considering that this includes a nontrivial number stolen from or lost by law enforcement and other government agencies, that’s not so much. One study of 100 law enforcement agencies found that they had lost 1700 weapons over a 9-year period. There are 18,000 police departments in the US. That extrapolates to 34,000 weapons lost by government agencies per year if everything is averaged. That’s almost certainly wrong, but government is a significant part of the problem.

    Should people be careful? Sure. Is theft rampant? No.

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  2. Sounds like victim blaming for me.
    Refresh my memory. Do we blame car owners when their automobile is stolen and used in a crime or hit and run?

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