Guns don’t stop crime; in Rapid City, guns seem to invite more crime:
In the last year alone, 124 guns were stolen from vehicles in Rapid City.
“We came to find out that that number compared to the population is disproportionate in a negative way compared to other similar sized cities across the United States,” Brendyn Medina, Rapid City Police Dept., said [Sydney Thorson, “Rapid City Sees over 500 Stolen Guns from Vehicles in the Last 5 Years,” KELO-TV, updated 2023.03.25].
All of these crimes are happening because some people are thieving scumbags. But most of these crimes wouldn’t happen if gun owners handled their guns responsibly:
The Rapid City Police Department reported that nearly 70 percent of the guns stolen from vehicles in the last 5 years showed no sign of forced entry.
That is why the police and the City of Rapid City urge everyone to never leave guns in the car unattended and always lock your doors.
…“Responsibility as a firearm owner starts with maintaining 24/7 accountability of that firearm and when you are leaving that firearm in a vehicle, much less an unlocked vehicle and you walk away from it, that is not 24/7 accountability for that gun,” Medina said [Thorson, 2023.03.25].
Rights come with responsibilities. If your gun is not in your hand or otherwise secured on your person, it should be locked up. If a lazy thief can get your gun without picking a lock, so can your child, or someone else’s child. Treat your guns the way we should treat Trumpists and other dangerous things: lock ’em up!