As we currently live in the 21st Century, I didn’t really expect train robberies to become a thing again. After all, that’s a thing we associate with the Old West, right? People don’t rob trains these days, except maybe in Hollywood, right?
Well, train robberies happen in Los Angeles, and not just in the movie industry. It’s kind of become a thing.
And, unfortunately, some of what’s taken is the kind of stuff no one wants to see stolen.
Thieves breaking into freight trains in Los Angeles have stolen guns from cargo containers, police Chief Michel Moore said.
Moore told the city’s board of civilian police commissioners on Monday that “tens of firearms” have been stolen, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“That gave us the great concern as a source again of further violence in the city as people were capitalizing on the transport of these containers with having little or no policing or security services there.”
Now, let’s be fair. In a city the size of Los Angeles, I doubt “tens of firearms” are going to make much of a difference one way or another.
However, that’s what we’re looking at now.
Unless the LAPD and the district attorney’s office actually start cracking down on these train robberies, we’re likely to see even more stolen guns in criminal hands. That’s just how it’s going to go because, so far, there’s been no disincentive to not rob these trains.
And to make it worse, the thieves didn’t even get a background check!
Of course, thieves never do. However, they put guns in bad guys’ hands. Those bad guys then commit crimes, crimes which are then used to justify still more gun control. It’s infuriating, to say the least.
And these are train robberies. Union Pacific is already threatening to bypass Los Angeles completely because of this stuff, and I can’t say that I blame them.
Look, I get that there are miles and miles of track in Los Angeles, but there’s only so much track where trains sit for any period of time. I mean, these aren’t brazen Old West bandits chasing down the trains on horses. They’re essentially targeting parked trains, so maybe it’s worth keeping an eye on them?
Or, and here’s a crazy thought, District Attorney George Gascon can actually do his job and prosecute thieves in general. I’m pretty sure many of these train robberies are either conducted or instigated by people who steal from other places.
Arrest and prosecute them and guess what? No more train robberies.
Alright, fewer train robberies. Either way, that’s an overall win. Especially if you’re complaining about there being too many guns on the streets already.
Seriously, I don’t want to hear Gascon say a damn thing about legally purchased firearms so long as he’s doing nothing to stop the lawlessness plaguing the city. Especially since, among other things, they’re stealing guns right off the trains.
This didn’t have to happen, but soft on crime policies made something like this inevitable.