BLOG # 114

‘Ghost Guns’: los kits de armas de fuego comprados en línea alimentan la epidemia de violencia

BLOG # 114

‘Ghost Guns’: Firearm Kits Bought Online Fuel Epidemic of Violence


They are untraceable, assembled from parts and can be ordered by gang members, felons and even children. They are increasingly the lethal weapon of easy access around the U.S., but especially California.

Max Mendoza’s parents awakened just after dawn to the echoing clap-pop of a gunshot, and ran from their bedroom to find their 12-year-old son propped against the couch, eyes wide in pain, terror and surprise.

“It’s the real one. It’s the real one,” Max whispered, clutching his chest, seemingly astounded that a weapon resembling a toy, a cheap-looking brown-and-black pistol, could end his life in an instant.

But it did. Investigators in this city just south of San Diego are still trying to determine exactly what happened on that Saturday morning in July — if the seventh-grader accidentally shot himself, or if his 15-year-old friend, who the police say had brought the weapon into the apartment, discharged it while showing it off.

What is certain is the kind of weapon that killed Max. It was a “ghost gun.”

Law enforcement officials are not exactly sure why their use is taking off. But they believe it is basically a matter of a new, disruptive technology gradually gaining traction in a market, then rocketing up when buyers catch on. This isn’t just happening on the West Coast. Since January 2016, about 25,000 privately made firearms have been confiscated by local and federal law enforcement agencies nationwide.


America has had a gun worship culture since its foundation. The idea of guns as a tool for law and order has been promoted in all media for centuries. It is not surprising that those who still practice gun worship practice DYO (do your own), when pressured by sane gun control forums. Countries that have more control of fire arms have been able to reduce mass casualties and random shootings associated with weapons. The U.S. is behind in this effort.

Estados Unidos ha tenido una cultura de adoración a las armas desde su fundación. La idea de las armas como una herramienta para la ley y el orden se ha promovido en todos los medios durante siglos. No es sorprendente que aquellos que todavía practican el culto a las armas practiquen DYO (haga el suyo), cuando son presionados por foros cuerdos de control de armas. Los países que tienen un mayor control de las armas de fuego han podido reducir los tiroteos aleatorios asociados con las armas. Estados Unidos está atrasado en este esfuerzo.

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