I could never understand the view that ‘guns cause crime’. My simplistic take was - until a shocking event today - that criminals use guns to further their evil objectives. The reason for my volte face was quite simple. Strolling through the armoury of Chateau Savant today I noticed that a number of guns were missing. These included a Mauser M98 hunting rifle, a Smith & Wesson Model 86 (with 6 inch barrel) and an ancient WWI Lee Enfield 303.
I rushed to the window and what I saw made me freeze in my tracks. The three guns were sprinting (well, the old .303 was just wheezing along, to be honest) down the driveway towards the public road. I immediately set off in pursuit but by the time I got to the gate all three were blazing away at unwary the cars and pedestrians passing by. It was only with great difficulty that I managed to subdue them.
I subsequently learned that in some areas of town the guns have all but taken over. They’re robbing banks, liquor stores and randomly letting rip at totally innocent humans. In fact the police warned that a particularly viscious .38 caliber handgun is chief suspect in a random murder just down the road. They describe the weapon as possibly a Remington or a Colt firearm. There’s clearly a number of disturbed and dangerous guns in circulation. I’ll be on the lookout in future, that’s for sure.
Some smart-asses used to say that blaming guns for murder is like blaming your pencil when you misspell a word. Or blaming cameras, not pedophiles, for child porn.
.Well, let my experience be a warning.