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  •  Thanks for Translating Me Bob (13+ / 0-)

    But that isn't my point.

    There are 300,000,000 firearms in this country, more or less, and the only records on most of them is that at the initial point of sale, which I doubt covers half. So call it 150,000,000 firearms with no paper trail at all, then add in the ones that have changed hands since that initial sale, and I see no way there are fewer than two hundred million firearms in private hands that have NO documentation of where they are or who has them. Unless they come onto a licensed dealer's inventory, the only way any of those guns come under any background check anybody can institute is by the entirely voluntary actions of the buyer and seller, many of whom will fervently believe it's nobody's damned business if they sell their pistol or shotgun to John.

    Just my opinion, but it seems to me the effort would be better spent devising and implementing something that actually addressed the problem rather than imposing more unenforceable laws on folks who aren't doing anything wrong until you make a law against them.

    Where are the thousands of BATF agents necessary to police flea markets and "Shopper and Trading Post" ads going to come from, and how are they going to be paid for? Where are these new criminals going to be housed? I haven't seen these things addressed but I'm sure the folks proposing sweeping laws have figured it out already.

    Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

    by The Baculum King on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:45:03 PM PST

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