What about that subtitle bothers me? Can anyone guess what it might be? Go ahead and stop reading here for a moment and thing about the subtitle. I’ll wait here patiently while you consider my question.
Oh, you’re back. Finished? Good. Did you come up with an answer? If you did, keep reading and see if you are right. If you didn’t keep reading anyway for some enlightenment.
First of all, about three or four years ago, Wal-Mart stopped selling handguns all together. Currently they only sell weapons referred to as “long arms” – rifles and shotguns to be exact. Second of all, which do you think are more commonly used in gun-related crimes: long arms or handguns?
If you chose handguns, you win a cookie.
So, Wal-Mart is going to begin recording – both on film and in a computer system the sale of long arms to anyone who wishes to purchase them. Of course, if you happen to be the proud new owner of a shotgun and your gun is stolen and then used in a crime later by some stupid gang punk who apparently doesn’t know the difference between a Glock 17 and a Mossberg 12-gauge pump, then guess what, if you go back into Wal-Mart to buy another shotgun and your name comes up on “the list” of people whose recently purchased firearms have been used in a gun-related crime, Wal-Mart can refuse to sell you the new weapon. Still with me? Good.
Furthermore, the stupid punk who absconded with your Mossberg and used it to hold up some Iranian-owned Stop and Rob isn’t going to readily admit that he lifted the weapon from you and you’re going to be seen by the police as some accomplice in the crime – even if you reported it stolen. Sorry, that’s just how screwed up our judicial system is these days.
The whole plan is part of a coalition of retailers established by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as part of his Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership, which he established two years ago with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. The project was intended to stop the flow of guns from retail display cases to the hands of criminals. This idea will be as effective at reducing the number of guns used in crimes as the idea of recording the sale of condoms will reduce prostitution.
Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association (and the bane of the existence of most liberals) said, "I view it as a public relations stunt that stigmatizes law-abiding firearms purchasers exercising their freedom under the Constitution." LaPierre further stated that a government wishing to fight gun crime should leave the law-abiding citizen alone and worry more about those who illegally deal in guns.
To put it another way, the government should say, “Look, if you are found to be providing illegal weapons to criminals, you go inside for all day.” When illegal gun sellers are arrested, they need the full weight of the law dropped on their heads. No plea bargains, no special circumstances: you sell illegal guns to criminals, that’s it, you’re gone.
I have always gone back to the Constitution and the Second Amendment where it says, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” and yet so many politicians are so eager to infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. This is not a state right nor is it a federal government right. It is specifically addressed to the people of the United States and it is the people of the United States who are law abiding citizens who are suffering at the hands of politicians who are so out of touch with reality, one has to wonder just what brand of Colombian wacky weed are they smoking up there in the back rooms on Capitol Hill?
The only purpose gun control serves is to control the lawful citizens. Criminals do not care about the law – which is why they are criminals in the first place! Making it harder for law abiding and responsible citizens to buy a gun does not keep guns out of the hands of criminals. In fact, there is an old saying, “An armed criminal’s favorite target is an unarmed victim.” For Wal-Mart and any other stupid retailer to join this thumb-sucking, crybaby liberal outfit, they aren’t going to do jack stuff about reducing gun-related crime in America. Recording gun sales to help curb illegal gun crime won’t curb gun crime. If anything, they’ll be contributing to it by making it harder for honest citizens to get a gun to have for their own protection.