Good Day World!
There's another kind of gun control in this country that needs to get more attention.
I'm not talking about coming up with more laws to control purchasing guns either.
The gun control I'm talking about starts at the source. The gun stores.
Gun store burglaries have become an alarming trend according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
For example, gun store burglaries rose 28 percent from 2013 to 2015. What's really alarming is there's no signs these smash-and-grab robberies are letting up.
The ATF is predicting 500 gun store robberies by the end of this year.
Not counting this year, there's more than 12,000 weapons, including handguns, shotguns, and assault rifles, that have been stolen in the past two years.
That's a hell of a lot of illegal weapons in America's black market. So, what kind of action needs to be taken to reverse this trend?
Backround Note:There are no federal laws governing security measures for federally licensed gun dealers. It’s up to individual gun store owners to protect their merchandise.
ATF makes recommendations to the industry and to the gun dealers about steps that can take to secure their facilities secure their stock of weapons.
Solving this problem rests squarely in the gun dealer's court. If they don't provide updated technology to protect their stores, then not only will they lose out...but so will millions of innocent Americans.
A Virginia gun dealer, Kevin Penrose, whose American Family Pawn was burglarized last year told ABC news how he was robbed.
The thieves came through a window and were gone in 30 seconds. They had made off with 30 firearms.
Here's the problem; Penrose waited until he was robbed to update his security. The window was not shatter-proof glass, something Penrose did fix after the fact.
It seems to me that more information about the need for gun store owners to fully protect themselves should be shared in public announcements or a campaign targeting the problem.
Apparently the ATF's warnings haven't been enough for store-owners like Penrose who didn't prioritize security for his store until after the fact.
If we want to see a reversal of this deadly trend it's going to take some education and commitment on the parts of gun store owners.
Watch this dramatic smash and grab on video
Time for me to walk on down the road...