Solid Sunday

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.

Amen.

23 thoughts on “Solid Sunday

  1. Why

    I am against “life in prison”……if that is the sentence, then be done with it, execution. NO ONE steals a weapon for the betterment of society (at least for now, maybe different in WWROL situation).

    Release from prison ALL property criminals (use another form of restitution). Repeal ALL malum prohibitum laws. That’s the starting point. Then go through the crimes against persons – 3rd strike (if not sooner), execution – you have shown your incapability of living within the rules of our society (not as odd as it sounds, Attila the Hun executed bankruptceirs (sp??) on the 3rd bankruptcy, as they had proven themselves thieves in society). STOP calling it the criminal justice system and START calling it the victim justice system.

  2. LFMayor

    Locking away for eternity is just a short step in the right direction boss. Before those damnable proto hippy Quakers gave us the redemption through incarceration idea we had the stocks and the noose. If a dose or two of the stocks did not heal the noose was sure to. This surplus of near idiot low impulse control DNA won’t be alleviated by feeding it. Or allowing it to spawn via the ” right” to conjugal visits.
    Instead we should give the organs to kids that deserve them and might actually improve the human condition.
    Back to Quakers: I re watched the Burns documentary on the Prohibition. Quakers begat the anemic narrow shouldered men and loud, pinch faced women of the movement. The only thing they lacked were vagina costumes and chunky framed glasses. The same vain, works based messiah complex and thievery are found in your earlier article: the grifting scolds of the UN.

  3. Nynemillameetuh

    Do we hear that much about unsophisticated firearm thefts? Going back a decade or so, the Old Man and I used to visit a shack of a gunshop on the side of a hill. This little hovel housed a strange fat man that could source anything – back before GunBroker got big. No small feat. Anyway, he related a tale of a man and two women that came into the store. The gals got very chatty with him. This fella snuck two rifles out the door due to a combination of the owner’s distraction & the cluttered shop’s layout.

    Another tale is courtesy of an elderly machinist acquaintance. Back In The Day, he worked for an undisclosed manufacturer of Saturday Night Specials. Parts were going missing and strict inventory controls were enforced. Nobody in management guessed that one employee would fabricate extra frames, never serialize them, and toss them over the fence on his lunch break. Getting the other parts out was trivial. My acquaintance loathe management enough to keep his mouth shut about the perp.

  4. redc1c4

    OT, but then again, not…

    You’re the “Blog of the Day” over at Legal Insurrection.

  5. Raoul Duke

    Sadly, our state took a step back in a “criminal justice reform”, recently, and changed our law which made ANY theft of a firearm a felony. Now, if your stolen gun isn’t valued over $1,000, it’s misdemeanor theft.

    You know, because of disproportionate sentencing and racism and stuff. (Sarcasm Alert).

    1. redc1c4

      all my firearms are valued, by me as more than $1,000.

      to include the Marlin Glenfield that was my first, and that i still own.

  6. Tennessee Budd

    “…have rammed storefronts with 3/4 ton trucks…”
    Last year, I was in Louisville for a couple of weeks for an onsite. On my way to the jobsite one morning, I heard on the radio news about Sumdood & company ramming through the front of a gun store using, IIRC, a stolen Corvette.
    I thought at the time that that wouldn’t be a very effective vehicle for breaching, but maybe the crims were trying for extra points for style.

  7. 11b-mailclerk

    I have read elswewhere that a society must balance mercy and justice, that an excess of mercy is civilization suicide, as the barbarians run amok.

    We have apparently found and exceeded that inflection point.

    Time to rebalance ours, i think.

    (LTC Kratman kinda hammers this point in his fiction.)

    1. John Distai

      To put a slightly different spin on it, imagine working for a company, or being married to a person that has an excess of mercy, with no balance of justice. Applying justice is “just too hard”. The company or the marriage commits suicide as well.

  8. C.Harris

    Ram raiding ( using a vehicle to smash into a shop, generally a petrol station or convince store in order to raid the cigarette stockd) used to be fairly common in the UK to the point we have a common term for it but it seems to have dropped off over the last 20 years or so, possibly due to the proliferation of concrete bollards and/or 24hr opening by typical targets. I suppose selling black market/ knock off tobacco is easier and less risky as is the tactic of having someone hide in the stock room of a small supermarket and then exit via the fire exit after breaking into the tobacco store.

    Ram raiding now seems to be restricted to using larger construction equipment to “access” ATMs.

    1. John M.

      That all just sounds like a little “undocumented socialism” to me.

      -John M.

    2. 11b-mailclerk

      Withdrawals:

      If the entire ATM, or big chunks of it, go with you, you are doing it wrong.

      ….

      Ram-raider – sounds like a Steampunk airship.

  9. Texas Dude

    Most firearms thefts around here are from vehicle burglaries. With something like 10% of the adult population here having licenses to carry (and the other 90% can carry long guns and/or handguns in vehicles within certain restrictions), and the most common “holster” being the center console of a pick-up truck, we have a constant parade of stolen guns from vehicles. It is by far the most common way they are stolen around here.

    1. RSR

      ~15 million adults in TX, and less than 1 million concealed carry permits last I checked, which puts concealed carry permits at 6-7% of adult population. Now if you’re talking legal citizens, I’d surmise, you’d probably hit close to 15% considering that nearly 1/3rd of Texans speak spanish at home, and official #s put more than 10% of population as foreign born…

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