(The ATF) today announced the culmination of a six-month investigation that resulted in the arrest of two "straw purchasers," individuals who falsified information and purchased at least 37 firearms that were subsequently delivered to felons in Colorado Springs and Northern California. To date, 12 of the 37 firearms have been recovered in criminal investigations throughout the San Francisco Bay area.
This story seems to be a classic example of how States with more lax gun laws feed the States with stricter ones. I wrote about this about one year ago, it's in the 5th paragraph. In that case it was Nevada, but the mechanism is the same and it's repeated continually.
"Straw purchasers are responsible for illegal diversion of guns. Many of these firearms ended up in the hands of criminals and used in violent crimes," said ATF's Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael Gleysteen. "We must stop the flow of guns from legal commerce to the criminals."
Gleysteen praised his law enforcement partners and thanked the United States Attorney's Offices for their support throughout the investigation.
"No matter where one might fall in the debate over gun control, there is little dispute that firearms must not end up in the hands of convicted felons," said United States Attorney Lawrence Brown.
No one denies that, but the dispute comes in when trying to accomplish it inconveniences gun owners. They immediately start talking about "infringement" and "gun bans," when actually we're not talking about those things at all.
Simple record keeping and registration policies could solve this problem in a jiffy. What could be easier than identifying the buyers of multiple weapons and investigating them? Nothing could be easier than that except for all the interference on the part of the gun owners and their organization the NRA.
We're not talking about banning anything. And we're certainly not talking about denying anyone their rights. But that's how the gun enthusiasts insist on describing this discussion. We're talking about minimal inconvenience, that's all. But most of the gun owners who comment around here wouldn't even consider of it.
This is another example of why I blame them for the problem.
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