If the gun had been "registered", We could at least possibly
identify it in a pawn shop or criminal activity.As it stands -- This responsibple gun lobbyist (who should have been more
"responible") just handled his gun over to the "bad" guys.
@3percent --"Has it occurred to anyone that the person or
persons who stole the "sport utility rifle, it's not an assault
rifle" is the criminal here."The AR-15 was first built by
ArmaLite as an assault rifle for the United States armed forces, and it has been
referred to in at least one declassified DoD presentation document as the
"first true assault rifle". You can apply whatever euphemism you
like.@DN-Subscriber --"It is amazing that some
people are upset with a law abiding citizen..But they do not say a single word
of condemnation against the crook"We all know that the thief was
a crook. There's no need to say more about him. But that doesn't let
Aposhian off the hook for his part in storing that rifle irresponsibly, any more
than I would be let off the hook if the meter reader left my gate open and my
dog got out and bit someone. "many times each year guns are
stolen from police officer cars"Policemen obviously need weapons
in their vehicles in order to perform their jobs properly. Aposhian did not, and
he certainly didn't need to leave it there overnight.
It is amazing that some people are upset with a law abiding citizen who stores
something in a locked metal case in a locked vehicl and demand that they should
have done something more. But they do not say a single word of
condemnation against the crook who breaks into locked cars and locked metal
cases in a car and steals a gun. Who is the real criminal?And, if
they are paying attention, they would also note that many times each year guns
are stolen from police officer cars, even marked patrol cars. Should the cops
be liable for those as well, instead of the thieves?In fact, studies
have shown that many more criminals get guns by stealing them than by buying
from gun shows or dealers.Federal law makes it a felony to steal a
gun from a licensed dealer. Utah should make it an additional felony to steal a
gun from any licensed gun owner (holder of any FFL, or concealed weapon permit,
etc).Hope the cops get this guy- fast!Note that Aposhian
also had several handguns stolen from checked airline baggage- while TSA focuses
on groping grannies.
Bring on the anti-gun fanatics.Has it occurred to anyone that the person
or persons who stole the "sport utility rifle, it's not an assault
rifle" is the criminal here.If he'd had his truck parked in the
garage and they broke in and got it, someone would say "he should have had
it in the house"As far as being "chilled" or nervous about a
criminal having a so called high powered assault weapon, first it has much less
power than a typical deer rifle and 2nd you can look up the percentage of crimes
committed with these weapons. It's almost zero.Let's get real
here, it's a cosmetic lookalike of an M4/M16, often called an
"Mforgery" and just happens to be the most popular rifle in America.
Demonizing these weapons and their owners is nothing but a political agenda.
Peck said it "raises the hair on the back of your neck" to know a
criminal is in possession of the high-powered rifle."Would it be
OK if it was a low powered rifle?
You know, the more I think of it the more I like the idea of holding gun owners
legally responsible if their weapons are used in crimes.Swimming
pool owners are legally responsible if a kid gets in and drowns.Dog
owners are legally responsible if their dog gets out and bites somebody.Neither one of these things is nearly as lethal as a gun, nor as easy to
steal.Perhaps gun owners would be more likely to store their guns
responsibly if they knew they could lose big wads of cash or be charged with
crimes when they fail to keep those guns safe -- just like I would be if I
failed to keep a vicious dog contained.I haven't been following
the recent gun law developments -- but if any legislators have suggested this,
I'm all for it!
@Rigormortise --"Great, then when your car gets stolen and then
gets into an accident you too should be held accountable."You
yourself noted the vital difference here: "accident" vs.
"crime".Guns -- ESPECIALLY something like an assault rifle
-- should be stored INSIDE in locked gun safes. Out in the driveway in a car is
NOT responsible storage in any way, shape, or form. As this lucky guy has just
proven. (All the rest of us knew this already -- I guess he needed some extra
lessons on gun safety, though.)People are charged all the time with
"creating an attractive nuisance" or "criminal negligence" for
things like having a swimming pool on their property with no fence around it.
And guess what -- an AR-15 can kill a heckuva lot more people, a heckuva lot
quicker, than a swimming pool can. Or my car, for that matter.
@contrariusGreat, then when your car gets stolen and then gets into an
accident you too should be held accountable.
It is so wrong for me to be laughing hysterically about this.....but I just
can't help myself. Ohhhhhhhh, the irony of it all.Do you think
the lobbyist has actually learned anything from this incident?? Unfortunately,
no, I bet he hasn't.And yup, I think he SHOULD be held liable
when this weapon is used in a crime. There is absolutely NO reason to be storing
assault rifles in your CAR, of all places. In fact, he should probably be
charged with creating an attractive nuisance, or criminal negligence, or some
such. I wish.
No, Mr. Aposhian, you did not properly store this gun as you assert. It should
have been locked in a cabinet inside your home.
Just love the irony.
"I continue to handle and store firearms very safely."I
wonder if Clark had his fingers crossed when he made that assertion?Obviously the weapon was not stored safely enough.
What's he worried about? Any law abbidding AR-15 owner knows these are just
big boy toys used for recreational purposes and home/property protection- what
could possibly go wrong with this scenario.
Should he be held liable if anyone gets hurt by it?I think he should
be.Maybe THEN he'd be more willing to lobby for gun
registration and libalilty insurance.Just like he is with all his other
Just like Christmas Shopping at the mall, put all packages in the trunk. Out of
sight is out of mind. I'd have bolted the case to the floor of the trunk
in my car. I know Clark and he's a very careful man about such things.Nice that Scott Peck is so good at stating the incredibly obvious. A
criminal might have stolen the weapon. Very good observation. Bad guys steal
guns all the time. I've not met too many criminals that obtained their
firearms legally. I'm glad it wasn't the toddler next door. Great
job Scotty. Nice to see you are still gainfully employed.
Dick Clark Aposhian