The modified definition is meant to disrupt a supply chain that has strengthened over the past five years, gun control experts said. The number of unserialized (and thus unregulated) firearms seized by major metro police departments has grown exponentially. In Philadelphia, local police seized 571 ghost guns in 2021 compared to 13 in 2018. In New York City, police seized 375 ghost guns in 2021 compared to 48 in 2019, according to city data.
“I could spend hours telling these stories about how these ghost guns have hurt our community and made our streets unsafe,” Baltimore Police Chief Michael Harrison, whose department seized nine ghost guns in 2018 compared to 352 in 2021, said at a January press conference.
Let’s forget for a minute that the tale of tracing firearms as a violence-solving tool is well documented to be a colossal failure. But what I wonder is why, after years and years of people making their own guns all over the US, the only places that have a “violence” issue with them is cities like Baltimore? Is Chief Harrison implying that before Ghost Guns, Charm City was a beacon of piece and innocence? A location where children played safely in the streets and unicorns roamed freely in its parks?
We know better.
Hat Tip MarkC