You're going to quote PBS to me? Like they don't have an agenda?
Let's take one quote from your reference and parse it a bit:This rapid `time to crime' of a gun purchased from an FFL is a strong indicator that the initial seller or purchaser may have been engaged in unlawful activity.
The author (and his source, who happens to be one
ATF agent), the assumption
is made that, because the "time-to-crime" period is under two years, there must
be something illegal going on. A "strong indicator" that someone "may have been engaged" in illegal activity. Nothing in this comment states explicitly that the assumptions being made have any element in truth. In fact, it sounds to me like a theory searching for a supporting statistic.
Let's make one assumption: suppose the purchaser of the weapon was not a criminal or passed a background check (a system that, unfortunately, needs a lot of improvement). What crime did the seller commit? And if the seller did sell the gun illegally, wouldn't that make the the dealer a criminal as well?
I'm willing to grant that the stolen gun stats may not be that high. But the way people obtain these guns has to involve criminal activity on someone's part
, which doesn't mean you take gun ownership rights away from the rest of us.
And guess what? All the gun laws in the world probably wouldn't have prevented this poor girl's death.