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The Horse’s Mouth

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 2:58
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Seeing the Houston, TX, Harris County murder rate rise for two years, abc13 Eyewitness News went to the source to find out why, and how to stop it.

The station sent surveys to all Harris County killers who murdered someone with a gun since 2014. Some of the responses to the surveys can be seen HERE. They are interesting.

The results of the surveys were not really news.

  • 90 percent of those surveyed received their gun on the black market. They either traded goods for the firearm or a friend gave them the gun.
  • 63 percent of the guns were stolen and the majority of them were given to the perpetrator for free.
  • 90 percent of the surveyors weren’t eligible to legally buy a gun because of past criminal convictions.
  • 100 percent of the surveyors concealed carry despite failing to have a CCW permit.

However some interesting things did show. For instance, the criminals were well aware of gun laws. They knew they wouldn’t pass federal background checks. And they wouldn’t ask family members to get them guns because they knew of the stiff penalties for straw purchases. Also, the general feeling was that for them, criminals, gun laws were of no real concern, and no impediment to getting guns as they could always obtain guns illegally. As such, most of today’s “popular” gun control measures, such more background checks and so called “assault weapon” bans, would not have kept these killers from getting the weapons they needed and committing murders.

The idea of surveying killers is interesting. I hope more news organizations do such surveys. The results might actually inform the gun control debate in this country by bringing a little reality to the dang leftist media types.


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