For decades, the National Rifle Association has lobbied successfully to block all attempts to computerize records of gun sales, arguing against any kind of national registry of firearms ownership. And despite the growth of the gun industry and the nation’s population, ATF has fewer agents today than it did nearly four decades ago: fewer than 2,500.
No permanent ATF director has been on the job in the six years since Congress required that the position be confirmed by the Senate. That action allowed the gun lobby to have a say on Capitol Hill about the agency’s leadership, according to ATF officials.
Even Michael J. Sullivan, a former U.S. attorney in Boston nominated by President George W. Bush, could not get confirmed. He was blocked by three senators who accused him of being hostile to gun dealers. One of the senators was a member of the NRA’s board of directors.
Years ago we had a Town Hall meeting with our representatives and state senator. He, Senator Kasemeyer, was one of the proponents of MD's assault weapons ban. I asked him a few simple questions such as what was going to constitute what rifle would or wouldn't be banned. His answer was and I'm paraphrasing it "I really don't much about about them, but I know its a good thing to do." Whhhhaaaaattttttt? Are you kidding me? This guy was clueless about the rifles he was in favor of banning.
62,000 Guns 'Missing' from Gun Shops Since 2008
More than 62,000 guns disappeared from U.S. firearm dealers' inventories in the past three years without any record that they were sold, according to a report by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The estimate means that dealers "lost" on average 56 firearms a day between 2008 and 2010.
In some cases, the weapons could have been stolen or sold under the table or on the black market, circumventing established registration procedures and background checks. They also could simply appear missing after legal sales because of a paperwork or administrative error.
"Missing firearms directly impact law enforcement officials' ability to reduce violent crime," said ATF assistant director for enforcement programs Arthur Herbert. "The inability to identify the retail purchaser of a gun used in violent crime removes the opportunity to secure a lead for where the gun has traveled."
Paul Helmke, president and CEO of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which favors stricter gun control, said the findings reveal an alarming gap in oversight of gun dealers. "It's obvious these folks aren't losing inventory," he said. "They're selling it under the table or out the back door, feeding the criminal market."
The government can't even keep track of the firearms it already owns.Justice Department officials are investigating the disappearance of 449 firearms and 184 laptop computers — at least one containing classified information — from the FBI.
One weapon was stolen from an FBI agent's car in Alabama and later used in a shooting in Detroit, an FBI official said.
The problem of missing weapons extends beyond the FBI. In March, an audit of the Immigration and Naturalization Service found that 539 weapons were unaccounted for.
What could make anyone think that they could keep track of everything in every gun shop in the Country?
So, if a law enforcement officer [good guy] uses a gun to stop a criminal, that is "moronic" by your standards?
Perhaps the only types of gun banners out there seek to ban guns for one of two reasons:
a) you yourself are a criminal engaged in criminal activity, and the last thing you want to face is face an armed good guy.
b) you are a closet racist and are totally opposed to the concept of law abiding people of "color" in possession of a firearm. You cannot stand the thought of a latino or black person in lawful possession of a firearm.
So, which of the two fit you best, oh ye of "naive" persuasion??
11:40 AM ET CNN
In Japan, you cannot buy a handgun, much less an assault rifle. In fact, even off-duty police officers are banned from carrying guns.
You can buy a shotgun or an air rifle, but it is not easy:
No wonder Japan has one of the lowest gun ownership rates in the world.
- First, you have to take a class and a written exam.
- Then there's a skill test at a shooting range
- Next is a drug test
- Then a mental evaluation.
- Assuming you pass all those tests, you file with the police, who then run a background check.
But Does it work?
In 2008, the U.S. had 12,000 gun-related murders. Japan had 11. More than double that number were killed in the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
For what it's worth, here are a sample of current laws the Fed's have at their disposal to manage "corrupt" dealers. The statutory maximum sentence is in parentheses.
18 U.S.C. § 922(b)(1)
Willful sale by licensee to juvenile
18 U.S.C. § 922(b)(2)
Willful sale by licensee to person in violation of state law
18 U.S.C. § 922(b)(4)
Willful sale by licensee of certain prohibited weapons
18 U.S.C. § 922(b)(5)
Willful sale by licensee without proper record-keeping
18 U.S.C. § 922(d)
Knowing sale to prohibited person
18 U.S.C. § 922(m)
Knowing falsification of records by licensee
18 U.S.C. § 922(s)
Knowing sale or transfer of handgun without background check
18 U.S.C. § 922(t)
Knowing transfer of firearm without background check
18 U.S.C. § 924(a)(3)(A)
Knowing making of false statements by licensee
18 U.S.C. § 924(h)
Transfer of firearm knowing it will be used to commit specified offenses
26 U.S.C. § 5861(e)
Transfer of firearm in violation of chapter
26 U.S.C. § 5861(l)
Knowingly making false entry on application or record
Keep in mind that these are just some of the laws available and the Fed's don't need the NRA's permission or blessing to enforce or prosecute any of them.
For the first 6 months of this year, Japan logged a 17% increase in violent crime. Total violent crime reported was 11,304. That works out to a projected rate of 22,608 violent crimes per year for Japan:
Reported population count for Japan was about 127 million, or less than half the U.S. If Japan had a population count even close to the U.S., there would be about 45,216 violent crimes reported.
Violent crime in the U.S. is nowhere near a 17% spike.
I’d say that the lack of guns in Japan is contributing to major increases in violent crime there.
And the existence of both firearms and the second amendment in the U.S. is helping keep a lid on violent crime here.
Japan is a poor role model choice, you lose, pick another model gun controlled nation.
Ironically a deranged kid in China attacked kids in a classroom almost to the hour of the massacre in Newtown, the difference being he didn't have access to a gun so used a knife! Every one of those children and the teacher survived the attack. How did our kids get on in Newtown?
Most of us have learned when we don't have anything of consequence to say, its better not to say anything at all. Obviously you my friend, are a slow learner.
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