Today is a day of solids. Solid food. Solid friendships, staying connected on the phone. Got some solid writing done this morning, stuff promised to another site. Trying to get solidly ahead on the blog so it stays on schedule whilst we work on the book.
And the solid Blogbrother and the Blogneff are coming over to solidify some of the work we’ve been doing on the fuselage center section of the RV-8. Some of the main parts of the center-section carry through are just clamped together and we need to match drill through thick aluminum, and refasten the parts with Clecos rather than furniture clamps. (Not very The Life Aeronautic, them, but we had ’em handy).
Been thinking about some of the stuff Staghounds said in a comment about thefts and recoveries. (He ran a pistol after buying it, and it came up stolen, because the seller who’d bought it new had once mistakenly included it in a list of stolen guns from a burglary). For the average person, there’s no way to check.
More guns are stolen all the time, and criminal gangs have gotten quite sophisticated in terms of adapting the tactics they need to gun-store crimes. Sometimes they use smash-and-grab (and have rammed storefronts with 3/4 ton trucks, and dug through walls with backhoes). Sometimes they use a more stealthy approach. Hundreds of guns a year enter criminal commerce through armed robberies, even though an armed robbery of a gunstore would be a daunting target to most criminals. (And a few criminals get shot trying, every year. There’s always another dirtbag to take his place).
As far as we know ATF has not done any national-level analysis of these burglaries and robberies. They certainly haven’t released anything like that to the public or even inside the LE community.
Everybody seems to think he’s special, and won’t get burgled or robbed. (We’re as guilty of that as anybody, and there’s a bunch of to-be-written-about or to-be-secured guns lying around the Manor right now). The only permanent solution to gun theft is shooting the thieves dead, and unfortunately that’s only legal in some narrow sets of circumstances. In the absence of killing them, perhaps we can do what was so effective at preventing recidivist murders, throwing them in prison for life. Nobody steals 60 guns from a shop because he is overflowing with bonhomie and largesse towards his fellow man.
As a society, we really pay a price for our Christian societal concept that states, “every man is redeemable.” Surely that’s true for Jesus, but let’s stop pretending every connected lawyer in a black robe is the Christ, and start locking more of these creeps away for eternity. He can get straight with Jesus once he’s not able to hurt His children any more.