I have stated on many occasions that the debate about guns will never go anywhere until there is honesty among the participants….all we have now is recriminations, accusations, lies and misinformation……
I recently came across an op-ed that asks some interesting questions and thoughts….it was published in a law journal…..
I’m an equal-opportunity offender. Allow me to offend everyone, by offering a few thoughts (on both sides of the issue) on gun control:
First, shouldn’t we require the microstamping of all gun cartridges nationwide? We should require manufacturers to place a microscopic engraving on cartridge cases identifying the gun from which the cartridge case was expelled. I understand that folks want to possess guns, but I don’t understand why anyone should have the right to fire a gun anonymously. Police should be able to immediately trace a cartridge to a specific gun.
Does anyone disagree in good faith?
(I don’t want to hear that requiring microstamping would increase the price of guns or ammunition. It probably would. The Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, but it doesn’t impose any price controls.)
Second, those who oppose gun control are missing a trick: Although you hear this argument all the time, the truth is that almost no one ever fires a gun in self-defense. (I know that the pro-gun folks always insist that “a good guy with a gun” could have stopped a crime, and we see occasional anecdotal reports of this having happened once in a blue moon. But the average gun owner will never in his or her life fire a gun in self-defense.)
Some people, however, probably make a “defensive display” of a gun without discharging it. For example, a john is about to assault or rob a prostitute. The pimp enters the room and displays a handgun. The john leaves peacefully; no one is hurt. This defensive display of a gun served a useful purpose, but I’d bet dollars to doughnuts incidents such as this are not reported to the police (and thus are not counted in the statistics).
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The author of the Op-Ed doesn’t have the foggiest notion of how microstamping works. Microstamping is using a laser to imprint a shallow unique identifying code on a firearm’s firing pin, transferring the mark to a spent cartridge casing once it has fired. The technology is unproven and largely untested. The he durability and survivability of markings on the casing are impossible to read without specialized optical equipment, and can be removed by any firearm owner, in much the same way that criminals remove serial numbers from frames and lowers. Additionally, firing pins are interchangeable between the same make of gun.
It’s an expensive folly that would still rely on a national registry.
Thanx for your insights…..informative…..chuq
Would this not require a retro-fit to every firearm owned in America? The weapon would have to stamp the identifier on the cartridges fired from it, so with almost 400,000,000 guns already in private ownership in the USA, I suggest this would be completely impractical, and almost impossible to enforce.
Best wishes, Pete.
As Jeff said….not a viable option. chuq
Oh crap! Just noticed that this is out of sequence sorry about that…..chuq
A “John” leaves peacefully? What then, does a “Chuq” do? LOL
Great question….LOL chuq
By the time the second amendment hero family defender understands that the house invasion is underway, he runs to get a pistol locked inside a case and fumbles around looking for the key to the gun case while all the while, the perpetrator who has entered the dwelling firing away scores the 10th hit on the hapless home defender who manages to drop the gun to the floor as he dies. Second scenario, — the heroic gun carrier finds himself in the middle of a mall or somewhere when shots ring out and people scramble like scared pigeons. The hero with the gun (The good guy) confronts the shooter, fires a round, discovers that the shooter is wearing a protective vest and slowly crumples to the ground under the hail of projectiles unleashed on his body by the mass shooter wearing the vest. Third Scenario: The big, burly, muscular, beer-bellied right winger packing the glock finds himself in a position where, if he takes a shot at a shooter could be the hero of the day but like all the big macho-looking right wing biker-type gun toters, the first sound of a gun firing in his vicinity turns him into the wimpy little pussy that he has always been (That’s why he has the gun in the first place… to appear to be manly) and dives for the first thing to hide under til the shooting is over. I think I have just about covered 99 percent of the cases that will actually happen. I leave it to the hyper gun nuts to invent more little pipe dreams about how things would be in such circumstances.
You failed to cover the common scenario where the home defender is a Veteran or one of the many gun owners who train far more frequently than law enforcement. But whatever gets you through your day.
I know that people who love their guns more than they love their families are stone walls that no amount of reasoning will ever be able to penetrate so what the hell …let the killing go on…I am waiting to see what happens if, someday, God forbid, some right wing gun nut loses a loved one to this kind of violence … will they shrug their shoulders and go ahead and defend the guns or will they change their mind once the lightning strikes in their own back yard?
I know a LOT of people who own firearms. None of them love inanimate objects and tools more than they love their family.
It’s a fantasy of the gun control crowd. Among many others.
OK….prove me wrong. Seriously….I’ll wait.