The Trace presents itself as an actual news website, when it is actually a rabidly anti-gun organization funded by the rabidly anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Just like all propaganda sources which religiously pursue an agenda without thought to the facts, any claims made on the site should be assumed to be twisted to fit the narrative.
That having been said, I came across an article which claims to have parsed the police reports in Chicago to find the types of guns seized from criminals. I found the results to be a bit surprising.
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Long time readers know that I worked as a fingerprint technician back in the early 1990’s for the police in Columbus, Ohio. At the time, the officers I worked alongside mentioned cheap .25 autoloaders as being the gun of choice for criminals. Although extremely small and concealable, the makes and models of the guns seized were shoddily made as well as being extremely cheap and inexpensive. There were a few quality firearms found, but not many.
According to the chart above, the world has turned a lot since I last inked some prints. The crappy guns are dead last, while the vast majority of criminals seem to be able to afford the good stuff.
One exception are handguns produced by Hi Point, which are in fifth place on the chart. That particular manufacturer produces reliable guns that are certainly as capable as more expensive designs, but which are priced at the lower end of the spectrum. I would have expected them to have been more numerous, but whatever.
Another thing to keep in mind is that, in the past quarter century, the criminals have upgraded their illegal arsenals so far as lethality is concerned. Very few small caliber guns, and a great many that chamber the same potent ammunition used by the police.
Crime has been on the decline over that same period, which is a very good thing indeed. But while the odds of encountering a violent criminal has fallen, it seems that the bad guys have looked to more deadly means to carry out their vile intentions. And law abiding citizens should disarm to counter this increased threat?
I don’t think that is very reasonable.