Skip to comments.ATF Death Watch 144: Long Gun Registry Abuse Begins
Posted on 04/26/2012 12:32:48 PM PDT by marktwainEdited on 04/26/2012 12:50:38 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
One of the most compelling arguments against gun control: laws affecting legal gun purchase and ownership put the government on a slippery slope towards gun confiscation. One of the least compelling arguments against gun control: laws affecting legal gun purchase and ownership put the government on a slippery slope towards gun confiscation. Gun control advocatesand those who view the government as a benign entitydismiss any mention of creeping tyranny as the paranoid ravings of firearms-fixated members of the lunatic fringe. The ongoing Fast and Furious scandal has highlighted the divide . .
On one side, gun rights advocates see the ATFs Guns for Goons program as a government conspiracy to promote gun control. On the other side, supporters sell the feds Fast and Furious anti-gun smuggling gun smuggling as a botched sting: a virtuous though misguided attempt to shut down the iron river of illegal guns flowing from US gun stores to Mexican drug cartels. Now heres a fun fact bound to fuel both sides of the debate:
Federal agents in South Texas have opened 123 criminal investigations as a result of a new requirement that border-state gun stores report customers who buy two or more large caliber rifles in the same week, especially those preferred by Mexican drug cartels.
The ATFs multiple gun reporting regulation for border state gun stores was created out of whole cloth by the Bureau just as the Fast and Furious scandal was breaking. The reg requires 8500 gun dealers in four border states to file a same-day report on any sale of two or more larger than .22 caliber rifles to the same buyer in a five-day period.
Originally mooted as an emergency measure to deal with U.S. to Mexico gun smuggling, the ATF registry morphed into a pilot program. Which will now automatically renew. The registry was created by Executive Order, bypassing Congress and violating federal rules against the creation of ANY federal gun registry. After a trip to court, the long gun registry was unleashed.
And now chron.com reports that the ATF has launched not one, not two, not three but 123 criminal investigations into potential gun smugglingin The Lone Star state alone. But dont worry because . . .
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Wednesday that it is not looking at everyone who makes multiple purchases, but those who draw suspicion for other reasons, such as repeatedly buying the same guns.
People like veterans of the Fast and Furious operation; buyers paid by Uncle Sam to smuggle guns to Mexican drug thugs? All non-kidding aside, what are the odds that every one of these 123 investigations is focusing on real criminals? The ATF will never tell.
So think of of it this way: either the extra-legal ATF gun registry is a great success or the ATF is hassling legitimate gun buyers. Hassling as in bringing all the tools of federal law enforcement to bear: financial audit, surveillance, search, seizure, the whole Uncle Sam schmeer. At least potentially. For the foreseeable future.
The ATF long gun registry is What Me Worry for those who like gun control. For them, the UK paradigm applies: if you havent done anything wrong you have nothing to fear. And if a legitimate gun buyer or 100 get caught up in the effort to stem the tide of guns to Mexican drug cartels who couldnt possibly purchase a gun any other way than through American gun stores (e.g., seepage from official U.S. military sales), thats OK too.
For those of us on the right [side of the issue] the ATF registry opens a new chapter in big government creep. Its only a matter of time before the registry spreads to other states and other calibers and other time periods. This as Canada kills its gun registry as expensive, intrusive and useless.
Worse, the ATFs long gun registry establishes an extremely dangerous precedent: the ATF can do whatever the **** it wants to do.
Its a principle thats been established though Fast and Furious; an illegal program that enabled the murder of two federal law enforcement agents and hundreds of Mexicans. A scandal where not ONE government employee has lost their job or, for that matter, served prison time. With the registry, the ATF has shown its true colors. And they are not red, white and blue.
“the ATF can do whatever the fuck it wants to do.”
And some day in the not-so-far-off future every department, agency, and office of the Federal government will do the same thing. Where the Department of Education now has a SWAT team for collecting on student loans (no, I did not make that up) how long will it be before the Surgeon General sends SWAT teams after tobacco shops? Maybe Fish & Game will use helicopter gunships for hunting down poachers?
Hey, maybe we’ll even see the BATFE go after accused child molesters and then gas them with CS gas and burn them alive and then get away with it. Oh, wait, that was 20 years ago.
A gov’t mindset that was OK with secretly smuggling thousands of machine-guns to DRUG DEALERS. A mindset that was OK with exporting grenades used in the burn-down of a Mexican casino:
Would that same mindset be OK with permitting the blow-up of a federal building, packed with innocent people inside...?
Turn that over in your mind.
It’s a COMPLETELY crazy thought, right?
Did you really think about it?
“...how do we stop them?”
To quote (maybe misquote it) we stop them using Proposition 308 and Rule 223. I sometimes feel it will come to that if America doesn’t wake up soon.
>A govt mindset that was OK with secretly smuggling thousands of machine-guns to DRUG DEALERS. A mindset that was OK with exporting grenades used in the burn-down of a Mexican casino:
>Would that same mindset be OK with permitting the blow-up of a federal building, packed with innocent people inside...?
Oklahoma City bombing? The World trade Center? Or both?
“It wasn’t for a student loan deadbeat, but, uh.....we, uh.....CAN’T TELL YOU what it REALLLLLY was for. Ummm...it was for SOMETHING ELSE...”
Aye. And every neighborhood needs a .50 BMG. If I had the money, I’d make a run over to Texas and buy 5 Barrett’s.
How about the IRS? Will they be the SWAT team to enforce Zer∅bamaCare™ provisions?