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Issac Bailey blog: Criminals aren’t afraid of you and your gun; in fact, they want your gun

06/18/2014 2:51 PM

06/18/2014 2:52 PM

Three things:


I’ve shared over the years that I have family members, and friends, who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law after committing ugly acts. Every now and again, I ask one of them to give their take on a particular issue in the news. Recently, I asked one of those family members – who is now married and no longer involved in the lifestyle he had once chosen – about the proliferation of guns, in the wake of the 74th school shooting.

“How did you guys get all those guns?” I asked.

“Steal,” he said.

“From who?”

He said from anyone – but especially from homes where they believed there was a gun. That included the cars of police officers parked in front of their homes.

“Couldn’t be scared; had to get what you need by any means necessary.”


You may have missed it, but the Supreme Court made it a little easier to stop the proliferation of guns. The Court made it clear that you cannot purchase a gun for someone else, in so-called straw purchases, even if the other person is eligible to be a gun owner. In surveys, criminals said they got guns, not just from stealing, but from pass-along buys from family members and friends. If we are to get serious about reducing gun violence, we have to deal with that reality, too.

Here’s a story about that Supreme Court ruling: http://tinyurl.com/otluxes


I announced in my return column that I will be doing occasional pieces for Esquire magazine online. Here’s my debut piece:


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Issac Bailey is an award-winning columnist who tackles the issues that affect both the local and national scene. Email Isaac at ibailey@thesunnews.com or call him at 843-626-0357.

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