Many years ago my car was stolen from a parking lot. Someone drove it into the ocean on Daytona Beach. Judging from the large, empty cans of beer found in the floorboards they had a good time doing it.
More recently, I was at a stop sign on Covington Highway and saw a woman get out of her car at a convenience store to pay for gas. An agile youth pretending to use one of humanity's few surviving phone booths jumped in the vehicle and took off.
I dialed 911 as the car thief headed towards Memorial Drive. The criminal, after hitting several cars and a concrete embankment near a MARTA track, was last spotted scampering across a field towards the DeKalb County jail. He must not be from around here, I guessed, but I knew the driver of the stolen car had made it too easy for the criminal.
Guns, unlike cars, are easy to hide. Guns in cars are easy to steal.
Consider these disturbing facts:
Georgians may be the world's worst at keeping their guns. Some are lawfully seized at the Atlanta airport,
where a record 245 were taken from passengers last year
Many more are taken illegally. Georgians reported 12,906 firearms stolen in 2012, Texans 18,874 and Floridians 12,571,
according to federal data.
But Texas has almost three times as many people as Georgia; Florida has about twice as many. If you do the math, which I tried, you end up with a confusing bunch of numbers that seem to indicate we might need a law requiring people to lock their guns up.
Instead, Georgia lawmakers have, in recent years, made it easier for us to take our firearms to places they can more easily be stolen.
A gun may make you feel safe, but thieves know a gun left in a car isn't.