Many thanks to Daisy for her comment the other day about this. I wasn't sure if I wanted to get into it, but here goes.
I've often mentioned my wish, unrealistic as it may be, to reduce the number of guns in America by half. Faulting the Tennessee Police for having put these two high-profile weapons back on the streets and requiring all confiscated guns to be destroyed or retained would certainly further that goal, yet, I can't join with the gun control voices who are screaming about this one. The fault is not with the police agencies whose policy it is to sell confiscated guns.
The weakness in the system is further down the line where the gun passes from legitimate owner to criminal. Many of our other discussions are about this. In this particular issue I feel that to focus on the police policy of selling guns and ignoring the other steps in the passage of guns from the good guys to the bad guys, is an ass-backwards approach which will have little beneficial effect. Although, generally speaking, I would be glad to see any restrictions on the flow of guns, I definitely don't think this one would do much good.
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.