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Friday, November 30, 2012

Once Is An Accident, Twice Is Coincidence...

Earlier this week we brought you the story of the tractor trailer full of S&W guns that saw over 100 guns stolen from it and sold on the street. Now we have this story:

Report: More than 100 rifles stolen from train car in metro Atlanta
ATLANTA – Authorities say they're searching for dozens of rifles stolen from a train car somewhere in metro Atlanta.
Atlanta station WSB-TV reports that more than 100 rifles were taken in the heist from a CSX boxcar.
Forgive me for being just a little bit paranoid here, but we're seeing two different incidents where over a hundred firearms were stolen off of common carriers. The first one was handguns. The second was rifles. The tinfoil hat side of me can't help but look at "Fast & Furious" and wonder if this isn't another "under the radar" deal to drum up support for more gun control.

Think about how much the price of a firearm would go up if they had to ship via armored car rather than on a common carrier. You don't need to make firearms illegal if a Ruger 22/45 costs a thousand bucks, and an M&P-15 is north of $2.5K. Interest will dry up on its own over time - much like full auto, when only the independently wealthy can afford firearms, they become so far removed from the population that they can be ignored.

Take it one step further. If an 18 wheeler coming out of Smith & Wesson isn't safe, nor is a boxcar on a freight train, how on earth can we permit just any average joe to transport a firearm without seventeen different anti-theft devices? They won't outlaw interstate transport, they'll just require that you have an armored trunk with a pager alarm that's monitored 24/7 by ADT...

Mark my words - we'll see a shipment of ammunition disappear within the next 60 days...

That is all.

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9 comments:

Mopar said...

I have a slightly different take on it. To me it shows that the bad guys are just as worried about Obama's re-election as the good guys are. Like legit firearm purchases, black market guns have probably become less common and more expensive post election. More expensive means more profit and that makes the risks involved with high profile thefts like these more worthwhile.

Dave H said...

"...and three times is enemy action."

Just last week burglars hit a gun shop in a rural area about 10 miles from my home. They got 62 handguns. Details are sparse but it sounds like they just swept out the display cases, because they didn't get the mags for some of the guns and they left the long guns alone.

I'm not sure I'm ready to call the carrier heists a ruse by our own people yet. But it occurs to me that maybe the folks who received the weapons from Fast & Furious had that source dry up, and are getting them elsewhere now.

I'll also note that the area where the gun store was hit uses a huge number of migrant farm workers, many from down Mexico way. Most of them are good people - there's almost never any trouble when they're here - but they could be easily infiltrated by others looking to pick a different kind of fruit.

Chris said...

They had a guy in TX that was driving an ammo truck get "lost" in Mexico and detained by border patrol a few weeks back...

Old NFO said...

Chris beat me to it... Ammo is ALREADY disappearing...

Roger said...

You're not paranoid if they really are after you!

Stretch said...

60 days? Try 2 weeks.

Matthew said...

"Why do you rob banks?" "Cause that's where the money is."

Robberies from commercial transport and gun stores aren't new nor particularly surprising, that's where the guns are after all and the bad guys know it.

Gun stores are obvious (BTW, we always put the case guns in the safe every night anyway, not doing it is kinda dumb, pay the extra wages cheapskate).

Boxcars and trucks should be unmarked, but just like the mob heists at JFK, all it takes is an inside man.

The proper response if anyone proposes safe storage laws for individuals based on those heists is derision, loud and fast using the bank robbery quote. Guns stolen from vehicles are not usually the target; like thefts from homes, if you aren't an idiot and have a bunch of "gun owner" indicators on your car and house any theft attempt will be essentially random. If you aren't an idiot and lock the thing up when it isn't in someone's positive control your risk of loss to theft drops to about zero.

Wraith said...

But it occurs to me that maybe the folks who received the weapons from Fast & Furious had that source dry up, and are getting them elsewhere now.

I beg to differ, Dave. The folks who got F&F weapons are CARTELS. They've got more money than God, and have international arms dealers on speed-dial. The stuff they got out of F&F was akin to the free 2" calendar you get with an oil change.

Geodkyt said...

Concur -- frankly, F&F never made sense to me, considering the reported "street value" of real ComBloc military ordnance on the international black market was comparable to the retail prices of semiautomatic look-alikes.

High end pistols and ARs (there is apparantly a slight premium on honest-to-God USGI M4s over 16" Bushmaster M4geris, go figure), different story.

But Avtomat Kalshnikova with the giggle switch? Cheaper than Centerfire selling Romanian parts kit semis with croooked front sights. Sure, they may be a tad short on bluing, but are we arming narco-terrorists who literally kill for the price of dinner, movie, and cab fare in NYC, or are we equipping the Fabulously Unambiguous Pastel Death Squad, here?