School Murders in California Done with Homemade Gun

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School Murders in California Done with Homemade Gun
School Murders in California Done with Homemade Gun

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- – Shortly after the murders at the Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, just north of Los Angeles, the news coverage faltered and died away.

I and others speculated something in the facts about the case did not fit the current media narrative in the push to further infringe on Second Amendment rights. California has some of the most restrictive laws on gun ownership, sale, possession, and carry in the United States.

A clue to the lack of coverage: the police did not announce the model or make of gun. It was not an AR15, as that would have been useful to the infringement narrative.

Those thoughts were verified today as Los Angeles County Sheriff Villanueva released the information the .45 semi-automatic pistol was homemade. From foxnews.com:

Ghost guns are a growing problem for law enforcement. The parts are relatively easy to obtain and the guns do not take much expertise to build. So even though California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, they are only based on traditional firearms made by manufacturers where ownership can easily be traced.

In Southern California, one-third of all firearms seized are ghost guns.

“Congress and state legislatures enact all these crimes about gun registration but now the gun industry is creating a way to just bypass the entire thing by creating a mechanism to manufacture weapons yourself,” Villanueva said.

People have been making their own guns for hundreds of years. It has always been legal to make your own gun in the United States. For there to be a functional right to keep and bear arms in the United States, there has to be a right to access arms. One of the most fundamental rights to access is the right to make your own.

It was only recently that some jurisdictions, such as California, have placed infringements on the right to make your own guns.

The reason is clear. As governments place more and more infringements on the right to keep and bear arms, particularly on the right to buy and sell those arms, people respond by making their own.  The more draconian the restrictions, the more people resort to making their own. The number stated by Sheriff Villanueva is amazing. He claims one-third of all firearms seized are homemade.

This is happening in the United States with more than 400 million factory manufactured guns in circulation, where there are, conservatively estimated,  forty billion rounds of ammunition stored in homes, garages, and closets all over the country. This is happening in a state with long, porous borders, and no effective border control.

This is happening in a state where, for the price of a family’s four-day vacation to Disneyland, one can buy the Chinese drill presses, lathes, milling machines, and 3D printers to set up a small shop in a garage to produce a few homemade firearms every week.  This method of production was commonly used in Europe circa 1900.  The machinery today is easier to use. The power is relatively reliable, even in Southern California. The materials are easier to procure. Plans for making such guns are easily accessible online. Online how-to videos are common.

Far more sophisticated shops for automobile repair, hobbyists, and crafts already exist by the tens of thousands in Southern California.

If one-third of firearms used in crime are homemade in Southern California, the attempt to lower crime rates with infringements such as gun registration, bans on certain types of pistols, background checks for ammunition, and waiting periods, are futile.  It is not the Second Amendment that bans various restrictions from lowering violent crime. It is the laws of physics and chemistry.

None of these restrictions have been shown to reduce crime anywhere. Some of the most easily produced homemade/small shop guns are submachine guns.

They are commonly produced in countries where personal freedoms to access information, materials, and machinery are far more restricted than are allowed by the Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution.

They are commonly found in  Australia, where the authorities admit 10% of guns confiscated are homemade; in Brazil, Canada, China, India, Israel, and the Philippines, and wherever onerous controls are imposed on the acquisition and ownership of arms.

Semi-automatic and full-auto firearms are made in crude, small shops for sale in the black market all over the world. They are made in places with far less access to machinery and technology than Southern California.

Sheriff Villanueva attempts to make some sort of point by referring to gun tracing and registration. Registration has never been effective in reducing crime rates.

Tracing gun ownership, a lower level of control has never been effective either. They may appeal to those addicted to government control of the population. In practice, they have no effect on crime. There is no difference in the lack of ability to trace a gun that is stolen and a gun which is made in a basement or garage.  The only mild difference is that a few guns may be returned to the legal owners. That does not affect violent crime.  The vast majority of the 400+ million guns in private hands in the United States are not registered and not “traceable”.

The modern history of over 160 years of gun control in the world shows there is no relationship between legal firearms ownership, illegal firearms ownership, and levels of violent crime.

One of the major reasons violent crime is not reduced is that guns are fairly easily made and are thus relatively easily available on black markets. They are at least a 500-year-old technology. “Modern” firearms are over 160 years old. Semi-automatic rifles and pistols have been commercially available in the United States for over 110 years. The technology for making guns has kept pace and is well within the purchasing power of a hobbyist or low-level criminal.

Ammunition is easily produced by hobbyists, but very little is needed for criminal purposes. What is expended by one dedicated target shooter in a year, is enough to fuel the entire criminal enterprise in Southern California for the same period (between 20,000 and 50,000 rounds).  A criminal only needs a few rounds. A dedicated target shooter needs tens of thousands.

Modern ammunition has a shelf life of at least 100 years.

Physics and chemistry limit the effectiveness of gun control to reduce crime more than the Second Amendment does.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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ochwill
ochwill
1 year ago

Jeepers. Another shooting. In America??? If only we had more guns…..Ammoland is a nonsense gun site. Gun sense makes a lot more sense. Guns don’t save us. Guns kill us. So. While all you rambois out there work on an insulting response I can say without question that ANY one of my Marines was a better American than you are if you think America needs more guns., Gun safety laws work. You crazy bastards should,d try it. Now. Do us all a favor and go shoot your dumb redneck ass.

Finnky
Finnky
1 year ago
Reply to  ochwill

Don’t feed the trolls. It only encourages them.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Finnky

@Finny, Yes, I suspect ochswill comes here for no other reason than to fatten his paychecks.

American Patriot
American Patriot
1 year ago
Reply to  ochwill

I highly doubt that you were EVER a Marine or even a Man…..But a Liberal woman I would believe!

Knute
Knute
1 year ago

Me too. Esp. a liberal female ‘educated’ in a university that taught her that information goes up on a wall under a frame, but never in her head.
Why bother to learn things, when you can buy a paper that one can put on a wall that says they know them, while still remaining as ignorant as a box full of rocks?

Knute
Knute
1 year ago
Reply to  ochwill

I think you mean a real marine would,d,d. slap him. Wasn’t that what you meant?
🙂 Geez, bloomburger needs to hire a better class of troll…. or at least one that knows the difference between periods and commas. But, I guess that’s the best he can do nowadays, when everyone with more than two brain cells left won’t go near him or his agenda.

AZ1911
AZ1911
1 year ago
Reply to  ochwill

Sounds like ochwill’s a spectator weasel that doesn’t even live in the USA, let alone know any real Marines. I know I’m late and I’m not a Marine…I just wanted to express my desire to slap this bitch with a full pitcher of beer.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago

I’m so sad! Actually the whole idea of homemade guns throws the biggest monkey wrench of the century in the gun banners bag of tricks. They might just as well hang it up and focus on CRIME, not thoughts of people. ANYONE that is not committing a crime should be able to have whatever they want to protect themselves. Crimes need victims. Having a homemade gun doesn’t create a victim. How you use it can. The Sheriff needs to take a reason, logic and common sense course if there is such a thing anymore in the US since most folks… Read more »

StWayne
StWayne
1 year ago

Take away the guns, and something worse will fill the void. Anyone remember Timothy McVeigh? In 1995, using only easily obtained materials, he made a weapon of mass destruction out of a small moving truck that killed 168 people, wounding another 680 for as total of 848 people. No Gatling Gun could ever do that. So, what next? Ban fertilizer and moving vans?

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago
Reply to  StWayne

OMG…you still believe that story? That a truck full of fertilizer did that? You better do a google search for General Benjamin Partin and read his study.

StWayne
StWayne
1 year ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

CL — One has to wonder if you believe the alarmists on global warming? After all, they have; and just like General Benjamin Partin; more engineers and scientists behind their findings, that if you gathered them all together in just one place, the Earth would tip over making their declaration self-fulfilling: the sky IS falling down! When it comes to things of this nature, I tend to run with Occam’s Razor. It says: “When you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one tends to be the truer of the two.” And so life in… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago
Reply to  StWayne

Yea, that ol’ General, He’s just a dummy on that subject. Occam’s Razor is going to split you down the middle and leave two brain dead lemmings in it’s wake.

Doszap
Doszap
1 year ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

Some folks(most) have not read nor seen the pics of selectively planted charges on the load bearing columns.WHY do you think they cleared it out so quick……..No formal inspections,I know nothing about explosives, BUT I do know from a construction background what planted charges look like after detonation. No MSM stories ever carried the 2nd man with McVeigh when he was pulled over for a hanging Lic plate.He hopped out of the car, and ran to a waiting chopper close to where the Hwy Patrol puled him over.(there were other drivers that witnessed this HAPPEN.) THESE are not small details,and… Read more »

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
1 year ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

The truck full of diesel fuel and farming nitrogen WAS used in the street. This was done ALONG WITH charges of dynamite which was attached to the support pilings inside of the building. ONE of the dynamite bundles did not ignite. Of course the FBI refused to acknowledge this FACT!

RoyD
RoyD
1 year ago
Reply to  StWayne

With the exception of StWayne the rest of you don’t know what you are talking about regarding the OKC Federal building bombing. It’s hard to even respond because you don’t know what I know and you weren’t involved in the aftermath as I was. To say nothing of the people I knew and know who were on the scene not long after the explosion. Fortunately I was not involved in the operation downtown. A close friend and co-worker of mine was, along with his brother. Another co-worker lost his wife that day and thankfully his two young children were not… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago
Reply to  RoyD

He’s probably sipping on a nice margarita down in South America somewhere courtesy of the US “Taxpayers” who paid his way for being an AGENT if anything. So sad so many are still believing the government BULL CRAP on this subject. And I suspect the Government BULL CRAP about 911 too. But WAIT…”OUR” Government would NEVER do bad things against us! It’s only those OTHER countries that have governments that rob, rape, murder and otherwise create mayhem against THEIR populations. God help us.Oh, and Epstein didn’t kill himself.

StWayne
StWayne
1 year ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

The mistake everyone is making is that they are taking events on face value with no proof whatsoever as to how it actually happened. General Partin can put all the theoretical subroutines he cares to on paper, or even in his book, but they will still be nothing more than speculation because (1) there’s what works on paper, and (2) there’s what works in the real world. Occam’s Razor doesn’t split anything. It instead defines these disputes by showing favor for one argument over another because it bears the more prudent fruit. The world can be funny like that on… Read more »

Knute
Knute
1 year ago
Reply to  RoyD

Speaking of knowledge about that particular incident, would you have any idea who Andreas Strassmeier was? Also known as “Andy the German”?

RoyD
RoyD
1 year ago
Reply to  Knute

That name strikes a very familiar chord. Just another piece of a large puzzle.

Jay
Jay
1 year ago
Reply to  StWayne

I bet moving vans Are banned at ground zero. Certainly anywhere near the holes that were the world trade centers.

JDL
JDL
1 year ago

As an engineer, I know from vast experience that the most efficient and effective way to permanently solve a problem is to resolve its root cause. A gun is not the cause of any crime – if untouched it will do nothing. All gun control laws only treat symptoms, and ignore the root cause. By definition, all of the violent crimes committed with guns are illegal, whether a gun is used to commit them or not, so gun control laws are just treating a symptom and do not address why the crime was committed. As a corollary to the age-old… Read more »

Buster
Buster
1 year ago
Reply to  JDL

– spot on!

Looking for (and addressing) the root cause of a problem is more than Americans have the stomach for.

Illegal drug use is a case in point. Wanna’ stop the flow of illegal drugs into the US?? Simple…throw the illegal drug users in prison.

Tionico
Tionico
1 year ago
Reply to  Buster

throw the illegal drug users in prison. this has been tried for decades, and has not worked. How about decriminalise the stuff? As an example, I do not recall massive issues with opiod drug abuse over the multiple decades of my life. It has only been in the last ten, maybe fifteen years, that this has become a problem. Hw long has the “war on some drugs” been going on? Just a little longer than that. Hmmm.. a correlation? Maybe? The classification of hemp/cannabis as a “Schedule One Drug” in the Drug Control Act of 1937 (close…) is what has… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago
Reply to  Tionico

I nullified your one thumbs down that had to be posted by a brain dead lemming on here.

Finnky
Finnky
1 year ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

@CL – as I did for you

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
1 year ago
Reply to  Tionico

; Can you tell me again how many DOCTORS and PHARMACY people have been caught dispensing HOW MANY OPIOIDS ILLEGALLY?

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
1 year ago
Reply to  Buster

; If you threw all of the illegal drug mules in prison – – There just might not be any CIA people free!

Doszap
Doszap
1 year ago
Reply to  JDL

Plus the added factor that the Fourth Branch of our Gov do not want the murders to stop.The more the better as it seeds up the narrative.

Knute
Knute
1 year ago
Reply to  JDL

Unfortunately, it is the type of insanity that humanity is infected with in large numbers.

Bill
Bill
1 year ago

Good points, especially about the criminal need and target Shooter’s need for ammo!

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
1 year ago

All guns whether numbered or not, are invisible until recovered from a crime scene. Obviously it’s the government that’s looking for loopholes to infringe on our Second Amendment rights and not the American people. The narrative is so predictable and everytime there’s a shooting it’s as if these killings have been scripted.
How many more laws will finally stop these massacres from happening? The answer is NONE. But that won’t stop democrats from piling on more fake outrage. Because given the facts, their laws didn’t stop a single crime, only the theoretical ones.

Tionico
Tionico
1 year ago
Reply to  MICHAEL J

funny thing you should mention “scripted”/ I thought that from the beginning on this one, and once I read about the “homemade” gunI became quite certain this is the case. They’re trying to “justify” outlawing “ghost guns” (the very fact they have invented another scary name, sort of like “assault weapon”, tells me there is an agenda behind this one, too.) Now one of THOSE “scary” guns has “done something bad”, they have some ammunition to put into their political effforts to weaponise THIS type of gun, too. Just like “bump stocks” in Las Vegas… and there is not one… Read more »