944 lost guns


Mercury News:


Nine-hundred and forty-four guns. From Glocks, Sig Sauers and Remingtons to sniper and assault rifles, some equipped with grenade launchers.
They used to belong to law enforcement officers across California, but a new Bay Area News Group investigation found hundreds of police-issued weapons have been either stolen, lost or can’t be accounted for since 2010, often disappearing onto the streets without a trace.

A year after a bullet from a federal agent’s stolen gun killed 32-year-old Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier, this news organization surveyed more than 240 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and discovered an alarming disregard for the way many officers — from police chiefs to cadets to FBI agents — safeguard their weapons.

       Their guns have been stolen from behind car seats and glove  boxes, swiped from gym bags, dresser drawers and under beds. They have  been left on tailgates, car roofs and even atop a toilet paper dispenser  in a car dealership’s bathroom. One officer forgot a high-powered  assault rifle in the trunk of a taxi.
       The tally includes Colts, Rugers, Smith & Wessons, a  Derringer, a .44-caliber Dirty Harry hand cannon and a small snub-nosed  revolver called a “Detective Special.”

In all, since 2010, at least 944 guns have disappeared from police in the Bay Area and state and federal agents across California — an average of one almost every other day — and fewer than 20 percent have been recovered.
Little attention had been paid to the issue before Steinle’s highly publicized death. But at least 86 weapons were snatched from officers’ vehicles between January 2010 and last June’s smash-and-grab burglary of a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger’s gun recovered after Steinle’s shooting. Police have not determined who stole it, but an illegal immigrant is charged in her killing.

       “You just can’t leave a gun alone in a vehicle,” said  retired FBI Agent Jim Wedick. “You just can’t do it. It has to be in a  compartment, or in chains an inch thick wrapped around a lead box,  because, God forbid, someone gets hurt.”
       Even after Steinle’s death, law enforcement agents have  continued to leave guns available in their cars: Four FBI guns have been  stolen from vehicles in the Bay Area this year, including three in  Benicia; Salinas police had three stolen from cars in a six-week period  in April and May. And a San Jose Police cadet resigned on the eve of  becoming an officer after his gun was stolen from his car in late  October while he was in the Benihana restaurant at Cupertino’s Vallco  Shopping Mall. 
                                                               A breakdown of the missing 944 guns


So much for gun control…


One big problem in LE is that most police are not “gun people”. Their firearm is just another tool on the belt, like their flashlight or radio. They may practice with it occasionally, but most will never fire it outside of department-mandated training. You just can’t have that attitude towards guns. People who are interested in them and/or have grown up around them are much better about this sort of thing.


The article demonizes guns and gun owners without holding to blame at all the illegal alien scofflaw that killed Kate Steinle.


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