Friday, December 05, 2008

About Time, No Thanks To The Worthless NRA

A report from the ATF concerning guns & crime was finally released. I hope the execrable Rep. Todd Tiahrt is happy about the results of this study. People like Tiahrt, a pentecostal(no surprise here), must think god has left for the coast. Another good thing about Sen. Obama's election is that the NRA will lose some of its hold on the political machinery of government. & none too soon, since IMHO, the NRA has set back the country in ways that even it didn't imagine. These fascists need to be put out to pasture, a pasture full of milkweed. Not that I want anyone to get hurt, mind you. The amount of gun violence in this country is astounding, & to have this praised as some sort of crime prevention is beyond the pale. No matter how hard they try, handguns are not made for deer hunting (or any other big game animal, for that matter).
ATF is allowed under federal law to inspect federally licensed gun dealers once a year, but agency officials said inspections are done at an actual rate of about one every 17 years.

"The federal laws are written to the advantage of the gun dealers," said Daniel Webster, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research in Baltimore. "It's difficult for [officials] to act decisively to suspend or revoke a license."

To increase oversight of gun dealers, nearly two dozen states, including Maryland and Virginia, as well as the District, allow or require state inspections. In those that do not, crime guns are exported at a rate 50 percent higher than in states that allow or mandate inspections.

"Leaving it up to federal law and ATF is insufficient to really hold gun dealers accountable," Webster said.
My emphasis.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There is a sane alternative to the NRA and it is at

They can be contrasted with the NRA by their emphasis on having places for hunters to hunt and maintaining roadless areas for quality "backwoods" hunting.

While they defend gun ownership, the idea is what good is a gun if you can't hunt.

And maybe most importantly, they aren't shills and collection agents for any political party.