Friday, February 24, 2023

Nashville's law-abiding citizens will likely arm over 1300 thugs this year by making it easy for criminals to steal their gun. This needs to change.

by Rod Williams, February 24, 2023- The year has only just begun and so far this year, 174 guns have been stolen from vehicles in Nashville. The total number of reported guns stolen this year in Davidson County is 224, which means that 77% of guns stolen so far in 2023 have been taken from automobiles.

I am assuming that most of those guns stolen from vehicles were stolen from law-abiding citizens.  After all, if a drug dealer or other thug has a gun stolen, they are not likely to report it. 

At the rate we are going, by the time the year ends, we will have had over 1100 guns stolen from vehicles, probably more. I don't have the data, but I think more guns are stolen from cars in good weather than bad. By mid-December last year 1326 guns had been stolen from vehicles. In 2021, 1305 guns were stolen from vehicles. Think about that. In about four years law-abiding citizens will have armed an army of 5,000 criminals. 

If a kid takes a gun to school and shoots classmates or his teacher, the gun was probably a stolen gun, stolen from a law-abiding citizen.  If a 7-11 clerk and maybe a customer are shot by a thug in a robbery attempt, the gun used was probably a stolen gun, stolen from the car of a law-abiding citizens. 

So, what it is to be done.  First of all, law-abiding citizens need to stop arming thugs. Don't leave your gun in your car.  I think we need to do more than attempt to persuade law-abiding gun owners to be responsible gun owners, however.  We need a law making it a crime to not probably secure a gun. If one is going to have a gun in their car, I think there should be a requirement that the gun be secured in a gun safe, and the gun safe securely attached to the vehicle. 

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