Why ask, Where did the gun come from?
In most shootings, two crimes are involved: the shooting itself, and the transaction that put the gun in the wrong hands to begin with. Too often, the media and public only focus on the shooting and forget to ask, “Where did the gun come from?”
By working together and asking “Where did the gun come from?” police, the media, community groups and policy makers can be powerful allies in the fight against gun trafficking.
If reporters are trained to ask, “Where did the gun come from?” they can support police by keeping the question alive in the public’s mind. If community members, faith leaders and public officials begin to ask, “Where did the gun come from?” they can send the message that people are paying attention to illegal gun activity in their neighborhoods.
When we can answer, “Where did the gun come from?” we’ll begin to stem the flow of illegal guns at the source and save lives.
There are a lot of people making a lot of money off selling weapons used in criminal activities - and those sellers know what they're doing. They ought to be held accountable.