I like Vice News. For the most part, they do a fair job reporting both sides of any issue. But in this latest piece on DIY guns, they got lazy when reporting on one particular point. That is, the notion that states with higher rates of gun ownership have higher rates of gun deaths. This is misinformation that is pulled directly from the Violence Policy Center, an anti-gun think tank. Although Vice didn’t disclose where they obtain that tidbit, I’m almost positive that’s where they got it.
The reality is there is no positive correlation between rates of gun ownership and gun deaths, specifically gun-related homicides. More guns and more permissive gun laws do NOT create more crime. Economist and political commentator John Lott Jr. has demonstrated this fact ad nauseam yet no one in the mainstream media (yes, I suppose I’m lumping Vice in with that crowd) seems to get it. Maybe they’re just not looking in the right places, i.e. Lott’s organization: Crime Prevention Research Center, or maybe they just don’t want to face the truth.
Putting that aside, the short piece was pretty cool. It was great to see former Ares Armor CEO Dimitri Karras share his vision for an armed America.
“I want to live in a world where a gay married couple can defend their marijuana pot farm with firearms that are fully automatic,” said the charismatic Karras. “That’s the world that I want to live in.”
At what point does a gun become a gun? The difference between a firearm and an inanimate hunk of aluminum is just a matter of a few of holes drilled into an unfinished metal receiver.
For Dimitri Karras, who manufactures the raw materials that become AR15s, that difference is everything. Because it is legal for a hobbyist to make a gun in the comfort of their own home without going through a background check or registering it, negotiating the boundary between what is a gun and what isn’t has become Karrass’s passion. In this episode of California Soul, we delve into the world of do-it-yourself weapons to see what the future holds for gun control in America.