By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)-“In New York and New Jersey, which have some of the strictest laws in the country, more than two-thirds of guns tied to criminal activity were traced to out-of-state purchases in 2014,” The New York Times “reports” in [another!] hit piece on the right to keep and bear arms. “Many were brought in via the so-called Iron Pipeline, made up of Interstate 95 and its tributary highways, from Southern states with weaker gun laws, like Virginia, Georgia and Florida.”
Chicago gangs get their guns from Indiana. Californian criminals get theirs from Arizona. It’s the fault of those states with “weak gun laws,” the propagand… uh … reporters conclude. We therefore must impose Bloombergian Intolerable Acts everywhere!
Never mind that when he was on the campaign trail, Obama tried to con anybody dumb enough to consider voting for him into thinking “what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne,” as if he actually didn't want to impose his will everywhere. That brings to mind the old “Home Rule” scam, where “progressives” demand patchwork quilts of obscure diktats, the better to entrap you with, when it suits their purposes, but seem to forget all about local customs and sensitivities when pushing for national infringements.
And never mind that the states with the “weak gun laws” never seem to rack up the unceasing “gun violence” headlines, that is, except for in islands of Democrat rule.
Here’s something else The Times doesn’t want you to mind, and that’s some inconvenient truths the source of their data reveals. Note buried in the story there’s a link to ATF’s “Data & Statistics” web page. Scroll down on that and it includes links to trace reports, the most recent being for 2014.
Just for yucks, go ahead and open up the reports for the Big Four, those “gun control” nirvanas that are suffering so from the “Iron Pipeline’s” constant gushing flow: California, Illinois, New Jersey and New York.
First note all the reports bear the same caveat:
Then check the “time to crime” (period from initial sale to law enforcement “recovery”) numbers, respectively, California: 13.52 years; Illinois: 13 years; New Jersey: 14.7 years; and New York: 14.8 years. Those not only significantly exceed the national average of 10.88 years, meaning that pipeline must be clogged somewhere, but it kind of undermines the contention that recent moves to scale back on infringements in some states can be attributed to recent violent crime problems in others.
But what the heck — go ahead and stipulate that if any prized commodity is less difficult to obtain, interested parties will obtain it. So what?
All that does is highlight the glaring truth that criminals break the law. It’s what they do. Astoundingly, at least, apparently, to some, prohibition of those prized commodities invites bootlegging, and the violent crime that goes along with it. Thank goodness we have “the newspaper of record” to clear that up for us!
So in typical “progressive” Opposite Day fashion, the solution is to ratchet up the infringements on those who aren‘t criminals. And to blame America’s peaceable gun owners for having blood on our hands every time some reptile who can’t even be trusted with an Instagram account decides to act out his aggression with an illegally-obtained firearm.
Still, there was one reference in The Times piece I wouldn’t mind seeing someone follow-up on, an idea I had some years back but have never been in a position to do anything with: They linked to a “survey” of Cook County inmates asking how they got their guns. There’s another question I’d like to see these put to these guys:
What political party does your family identify with?
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.