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.”
“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.”
“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.
“”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.”