Yes, Classic Arms has been robbed twice in the last two weeks. Twenty-five pistols were taken from the shop in the wee hours of the morning. They join the twenty taken from the shop last week in the hands of people that can't buy guns through legitimate sources.
I've debated gun control with dozens of people in the past. In fact, I'm currently embroiled in a terrific debate with Jeff over at Pesky Fly on this issue. The one thing that the pro-gun crowd seems to say over and over (Though thankfully not Jeff) is that criminals usually commit crimes with illegal guns.
This illustrates how easy it is to turn that perfectly legal killing machine that leaves the factory into an illegal gun in the hands of someone that may well use it in a driveby. All it takes is someone so sloppy or apathetic that they can't secure their guns, and the streets are flush with firearms destined for the waistband of a criminal's pants.
Yes, apparently, Classic Arms is run by Goober and Gomer. Despite being the targets of a break-in just last week, their security was so lax that the sophisticated method that the criminals used to steal an illegal weapons stockpile consisted of throwing something heavy through the window. Ingenius security system you guys have there.
I realize how ridiculously lax gun laws are in this state. But if you're going to get a license as a firearms dealer, you better damn well have a security system more sophisticated than any self-respecting bakery would have.
Yes, they cost a little bit of money to install-- But come on. Those steel curtains like you see on any liquor store on Winchester after closing time are certainly cheaper than replacing your plate glass window once a week.
45 guns on the streets in two weeks because the people that run Classic Arms are either too apathetic or incompetent to secure their stockpiles.
Take their licenses. They obviously lack the sense of responsibility required to keep a gun in the building. We don't give them to kids. We don't give them to monkeys. And we sure don't give them to Gomer and Goober for safekeeping.
Incidentally, his coverage of this story earns Cameron Harper of Channel 24 News the Ted Baxter Award for sheer stupidity in journalism.
The classic line that earned him the award?
"Yeah, it looks like his store was targeted specifically for the guns."