Whenever we hear of violence by firearm, where clearly a crime was committed, the higher profile ones stay in the “news” long enough, the mass casualty cases, where eventually it gets out how the assailant obtained his gun(s), legally or illegally.
However, in the countless incidences where there is only one or a few victims, we rarely hear about how the shooter obtained the weapon.
It seems to me, important that we all know how in each incident, exactly “how” the perpetrator acquired the firearm(s); Illegally, or what steps did he go through to obtain his CCW permit.
It might tell us more about who they were, and shed more light on how to prevent some of the occurrences. Is there something there to glean or lessons/takeaways from knowing?
Should we as responsible firearm guardians demand to know?
You’ll probably not find that kind of info in a national news story and hardly any more details on your local news. Individuals getting shot are not national news, even when the totals meet Chicago standards. Granted, if 30+ people were shot over the weekend in Wichita Kansas, that would be news, only because it’s unusual.
Nonetheless, local reporting only reports what the authorities tell them and the authorities rarely know where the perps obtained their weapons, particularly hours after the crime has been committed.
Where the guns come from is usually learned waaaay after the media has lost interest. Or they just don’t know.
PS: Should we as responsible firearm guardians demand to know?
Who would you “demand to know” where the shooter obtained the firearm? Eventually it’s all a matter of public record and the Freedom of Information Act is at your disposal, but it’s a lot of work.
Many people believe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. They want to to know how they can prevent criminals from getting guns. What I think is they don’t get is that to prevent something from happing one has to build up a resistance to it which doesn’t work with murder. I might be naïve that is just how I deal with it.
I generally see “felony possession of a firearm” or “illegal possession of a firearm” in the list of charges which tells me 1) the perp didn’t get the gun legally and 2) commonsenseguncontrol doesn’t work.
That’s enough for me
Around here it’s a favorite to charge it as a restricted person in possession a firearm, but that’s kind of a circular motion. If you commit a crime, let’s say selling Meth, and you get arrested, if they find a gun on you you are considered a restricted person, because you were selling drugs. If you rob a 7-11 and you have a gun on your person, even if you don’t show it to anyone, you are considered a restricted person because you had a gun with you when you took off with the 12 pack.