Warning: There is a serious amount of snark in this article because stories like this anger me beyond belief.
A local Memphis, TN news channel has reported that over 1,200 firearms were stolen from vehicles this year alone. That is just from one city in Tennessee and I'm sure the number goes up much higher from there across the country.
Oh, and those are only the guns that are reported as being stolen, meaning that the real number is actually somewhat higher because I'm fairly certain that not all gun thefts are reported on.
Why does this matter?
Well, for one, if you leave your gun in an unlocked car you aren't too bright — and that is me putting it as nicely as I can. Second, you should only be leaving your gun in your car out of necessity, like if you have to run into court or something and you have nowhere to put your firearm.
Then, instead of stashing it in the glovebox of your vehicle, locking it in a container meant to hold firearms securely, makes a lot more sense. Yes it costs a bit more money to have one of these items, but if you have to replace your gun, which one costs you more?
In case it wasn't blatantly obvious, let's go over a few more reasons why you should lock your guns up if you must leave it in your car:
Criminals Suck —
It may be hard to believe, but chances are excellent that the guy who broke into your car and stole your gun, whether it was locked or not, didn't do so because he was an outstanding, law-abiding citizen of these United States.
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that he's what is called a criminal. Sure, he's only an alleged criminal at this point, but the moment he broke into your car to take your stuff he proved himself to be a criminal.
Maybe he hasn't been tried in court, and maybe that title hasn't been given to him on an official level, but if he stole your gun from your car chances are excellent that he doesn't have good plans for it.
Your gun that was stolen from your car will now either be sold to a different non-law-abiding citizen who will commit a violent crime with it, or he will keep it for himself to use it however he wants.
Regardless of where it ends up or who has it, it won't be used how you wanted it.
Gives the anti-gunners a reason to complain —
If you're like me, the sound an anti-gun person makes when talking about why you don't need this rifle or that semi-auto gun makes you cringe. Well, every story like this that they publish makes us look bad … all of us.
It's almost like they're saying, these “law abiding citizens” can't even take care of their guns properly, let's take away their right to self-defense.
In other words, stories like guns getting stolen gives them more ammunition to use against us, or at least try to.
It costs you money —
Now I'm not a rocket scientist, but I'm pretty sure the way it works is that this gun that gets stolen from your car cost you money at some point. This means that it will cost more money to replace it.
I don't know about you but I'd rather spend that money on ammo or a different gun to add to my collection.
Here is what you should think about doing with your gun instead:
- Don't leave your gun in your car unless you absolutely have to. And when you do have to, your goal in life at that point should be making your gun as hard to steal as you possibly can. This includes the following –
- Lock your car. I have researched this in the past and have come to the conclusion that many of these people who have their guns stolen aren't even locking their doors. Lock it up.
- Lock up your gun in your locked car. Again, in going with the whole make your gun harder to steal theme, if you make your gun harder to steal which will take more time for the thief, you run a better chance of your gun not actually getting taken. The more time a criminal has to spend committing the crime the bigger his chances of getting caught are.