Won’t somebody think of the guns?

Ah, the good old National Rifle Association. On the one hand, they oppose a national database of gun owners, citing privacy concerns and some crazy fear of the federal government. On the other hand, they want a national database of people with mental illness. No privacy concerns there, I reckon.

Like other denialists, they don’t let facts get in the way. According to the Washington Post:

“Turns out, many states are ahead of him: 38 states require or authorize the use of certain mental health records for use in a firearm background check, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that tracks state level gun legislation.”

Then, just when I think I can stop shaking my head, the NRA puts out this iPhone app to teach kids how to shoot guns. Though “the app is aimed at users aged just four and above,”:

“It doesn’t just allow you to shoot things; according to the app’s description, it’s “the NRA’s new mobile nerve center,” where you’ll find “one-touch access to the NRA network of news, laws, facts, knowledge, safety tips, educational materials and online resources.” All of these things are available via the app’s main menu, but as noted by The Next Web, all they do is link to the relevant sections of the NRA’s website.”

Alright, well, as long as it doesn’t just glamorize guns. I mean, the NRA is just looking out for the kids, right?
However, it seems to me that the NRA is thinking of the guns, just not in the way you think they’re thinking of the guns. Why? Because they’ve vowed to not let the city of Tucson, Arizona, melt down a whole bunch of recovered guns. Check this out, after a gun buyback program was successful, this is what happened:

“Anna Jolivet had four old rifles she didn’t want: “They belonged to my husband, and he passed away four years ago, and I haven’t had any success in having someone take them off of me since then. So I thought this is a good time to turn them in.”
That’s exactly what Republican Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik expected when he asked the police to do the buyback. What he didn’t expect was the response after he announced the event.
“I’ve been getting threats,” Kozachik says. “I’ve been getting emails. I’ve been getting phone calls in the office trying to shut this thing down or ‘We’re going to sue you’ or ‘Who do you think you are?’ “
Todd Rathner, an Arizona lobbyist and a national board member of the NRA, may sue. He has no problem with the gun buyback, but he does have a problem with the fate of the guns once police take possession of them.
“We do believe that it is illegal for them to destroy those guns,” he says.
Rathner says Arizona state law forces local governments to sell seized or abandoned property to the highest bidder.
“If property has been abandoned to the police, then they are required by ARS 12-945 to sell it to a federally licensed firearms dealer, and that’s exactly what they should do,” he says.
That way, Rathner says, the guns can be put back in circulation or given away.””

I bolded that last part to emphasize what the NRA really seems to want. They want “gun safety” alright, but it’s all about keeping the guns safe from people… Not the other way around.

And, if the NRA doesn’t get its way? Well, here:

“”We just go back and we tweak it and tune it up, and we work with our friends in the Legislature and fix it so they can’t do it,” Rathner adds.”

I wonder if the legislators work for their friends or for their constituents?

One thought on “Won’t somebody think of the guns?

  1. First, federal law already requires the states to enter mental health information into NICS, the national background database. Regrettably, the states are horribly behind in entering that data and some states want to retain their own database.Second, in response to your final question, the answer is already known. The legislators work for their campaign contributors, so that they can get their reelection campaign funded. :(Finally, I am a competition shooter and hunter. Every one of my firearms is locked in one of two gun safes, which are bolted to the structure of the house. I bring home winnings from competitions of around $10k per year.There are precisely three chances that I will ever join the NRA.Slim, fat and none. As you noted, they are utterly out of touch with reality and they're completely controlled by the firearms industry.Their answer to any firearms safety issue is more guns. I guess one is only safe in their world view when one has a wall of guns around them so that a bullet can't reach one.I've suggested to our political leaders to place all military derived semi-automatic firearm under the National Firearms Act (NFA) as well as magazines of 20 rounds or larger. That covers the AR15, M4, AK47, AK74, SKS, etc. It also covers the M1A, which is the semi-automatic version of the M14 battle rifle (now being used as a designated marksman rifle (kind of a sniper system for non-snipers)).The biggest kick? I compete with an AR15, M1A, M1911 and M9.I have no heartburn in registering my firearms as NFA weapons at all.Which is all that would happen, just as was done when the "Street Sweeper" shotgun was reclassified as a destructive weapon under the NFA. Any transfer from the original registered owner then had to go through the intensive background investigation process. And I do mean intensive. Neighbors are interviewed, coworkers, former neighbors, former coworkers all the way back to at least a decade.It's the same background investigation as is used to acquire a top secret security clearance.It's effective, it's constitutional and the majority of laws have already been written.And it beats that idiotic and ineffective assault weapons ban, which only addressed cosmetics, not the weapon system. Remove the flash suppressor, grind off the bayonet lug, use a fixed stock, you still have the same firearm and it was legal.But, the politicians said, "See? I've done something!" While actually accomplishing nothing at all.

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