Wednesday, December 01, 2021

So far this year, 1,084 guns have been stolen from vehicles in Nashville. Am I the only one that sees this as a problem?

Metro Press release, November 17, 2021 - The MNPD strongly encourages Nashvillians to lock their
automobile doors, secure any valuables---especially guns, and REMOVE THE KEYS.

So far this year, 1,084 guns have been stolen from vehicles in Nashville. More than 70% of ALL guns reported stolen in 2021 (1,508) were taken from vehicles. Last week, 32 guns were stolen from cars and trucks.

Going hand in hand with vehicle burglaries is vehicle theft. A review of last week’s stolen vehicle reports in Nashville shows that 74% of the automobiles taken (46 of 62) were easy targets because the keys were left inside or made available to thieves. One of the 62 vehicles stolen was left running without the driver present.

Just like guns taken from vehicles, these stolen autos are also routinely involved in criminal activities, including carjackings and robberies.

Rod's Comment-  Think about 1084 stolen guns. They probably ended up in the hands of thugs, maybe juvenile thugs. I see this as a problem. I think it is undeniable that more guns in circulation make us less safe.  Especially, more stolen guns.  I think it would be reasonable to have a law requiring gun owners to take reasonable precautions to secure their weapons from theft. Perhaps, guns left in an unoccupied car should have to be stored in a gun safe mounted to the vehicle frame. If that is too severe, then reasonable people should be able to come up with some law that puts some responsibility on the gun owner to make it less likely that their guns are stolen.  Support for the second amendment should not mean that this obvious problem cannot be addressed.

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