For those of you worried about new White House Executive Orders on gun control, I have news for you: they’re just as useless, redundant, and ignorant as the gun control regulations already on the books, but the Kabuki is useful for the gun grabbers who are trying to claim that they’re implementing “commonsense” regulations on “gun safety.”
Let me assure you that the new EOs have nothing to do with gun safety. They will do nothing to make you safer. They will do nothing to reduce “gun violence” (as if that specific form of violence is somehow worse than any other form of violence). They will do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure that whoever wrote these EOs, has the reading comprehension skills of a stoned baboon.
The White House uses tough language (and by that, I mean bold text) to tell us that “it doesn’t matter where you conduct your business—from a store, at gun shows, or over the Internet: If you’re in the business of selling firearms, you must get a license and conduct background checks.”
Let’s remember that if you’re in the “business of selling firearms,” you need to have a Federal Firearms License or an FFL. If you’re an FFL, you have to run a background check on anyone wishing to purchase a firearm, regardless of where you sell your wares, including gun shows or stores.
And speaking of which…
Let’s talk about the burning stupid of emphasizing your obligations to do so if you’re selling guns on the Internet. Maybe the White House isn’t aware of this, but one can’t simply buy a gun on the Internet. There’s no GetYourEvilDeathToolHere.com from which you can purchase a firearm. An online purchase from an FFL has to be sent to an FFL in your area, where you will fill out paperwork and receive the prerequisite anal probe to prove that you’re not a criminal or reprobate, and if your background check comes back clean, you will get your gun.
Exempt from the “only through a dealer” or “only via common carrier for handgun” are certain collectibles known as Curios and Relics, which ATF keeps a list of, or, are 50 years old an IN THEIR ORIGINAL CONFIGURATION (not with a different stock, shorter barrel, etc). Any mods reset the 50 year clock for purpose of being a C&R only. There is an FFL, the Type 03, for C&R collectors. If you don’t have a C&R FFL and receive one, you can do as you wish within the law. If you have a C&R FFL, you can receive such items directly by mail or carrier to your home of record, and must keep a log. If you have logged the weapon as a C&R you MAY NOT modify it with aftermarket stocks, etc, that change its format.
See what I mean when I say “redundant?”
Let’s be honest here. What they really want is to ban private sales. They want to control how you dispose of your property.
Now, I won’t even address the “Dear daddy government – can I please have permission to exercise my basic right? Pretty please? Look, I’ve submitted all my paperwork!” lunacy. I’ve addressed it many times before. Suffice it to say that asking the state permission to exercise a right demeans and destroys the fundamental meaning of that word, but this douchery in the name of “making our communities safe” is so superfluous and transparently lacking any common sense, that it’s tough not to ridicule it.
Speaking of ridicule…
Throwing more money at the ATF to help enforce our voluminous gun laws is laughable, considering this is the same agency that tossed illegally purchased guns over the Mexican border to violent drug cartels. But hey, we need to look like we’re doing something. That’s the important thing!
I do want to address the directive instructing the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to promote the use of so-called “smart gun” technology, because I think it could be an extremely dangerous idea. Imagine, if you would, the following scenario:
You’re a law enforcement officer engaged in a shootout with a drug cartel. Your buddy gets hit, but you’re still in the thick of the fight. You run out of ammo, and your spare mags are empty too, so you reach for your buddy’s gun in order to continue shooting…
Nothing happens, because your buddy’s gun is only coded to his biometrics.
Now, imagine you’re a Soldier deployed to the Middle East, and you’re engaged in a gun battle with some Islamic terrorist combatants. Same scenario.
Nothing happens, because you’re buddy’s rifle is coded to accept his fingerprints only.
I assess this is part of the reason why law enforcement agencies have told those pushing “smart guns” to pound sand. Reliability is another issue.
Sensors and fingerprint readers need to work even when covered in sweat, dirt, or blood — and once the weapon is picked up and ready to be fired, it needs to work no matter the situation.
“In a combat situation, a shooting situation, there’s real confusion and chaos. It’s not like TV,” Pasco said. “Often times they’re very close quarters. We want a police officer to be able to take any gun, his partner’s gun, a criminal’s gun, any gun, and use that gun to his advantage. If he is in a scuffle, and he gets a criminal’s weapon and it’s useless to him, we’ve got a safety problem.”
In other words, this isn’t and shouldn’t be a political issue. Petty tyrants in three-piece suits protected by armed men willing to take a bullet for them have no business dictating to the very people who are on the front lines, who risk their lives every day, and who have made a commitment to defend the very Constitution on which said petty tyrants now are dropping an enormous, steaming turd, what tools they should use to do those jobs.
Dana Loesch does a yeoman’s job of fisking the entire pile of droppings here. I won’t duplicate those efforts.
I am, however, predicting an increase in the sales of guns and ammunition coming in 3… 2… 1…