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Wal - Mart To Tighten Gun Sale Procedures

by D. E. Carson (writer), , April 15, 2008

World’s largest retailer to record all gun sales to help curb illegal gun crime.

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.



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By Lila M. on April 15, 2008 at 04:57 pm

The laws will unfortunately always be screwed up and favor the criminal, until Politicians stop smoking that “wacky weed” you speak of.   It’s obvious most criminals don’t walk into a Wal-Mart and buy guns.  They go to their local illegal gun dealer, back alley pawnshop, corrupt cop, etc.   It’s usually the Kid who wants to shoot up their school who goes to Wal-Mart first.   And because they won’t have a criminal background, they’ll be able to buy the gun and commit the crime.   So does this mean, all Wal-Mart is doing is logging info so if a crime takes place once, they can prevent the same person from buying a second time, if in fact the person used their real name?   What if the person used a different name and decided to change up their look (haircut/beard/etc)…how would they be deterred the second time?    This process makes no sense.     

Wouldn’t this new Wal-Mart process be more beneficial if they actually used the video and logs to PREVENT the crime in the first place?   For example - have some type of red flag or tracking for an allotted period (6 months to 1 year) on that suspicious “Kid” who purchases a gun in case their intent is to spray their high school or college with bullets.   Wouldn’t that be better use of this system rather than record video and logs then file it away until the crime takes place and then go back to those logs/video, only to say “yup that was the person who did it”.   I know this would be too much effort & money to have a process like that.  But I don’t see how this new process they’ve enacted would prevent a crime or repeat offender from getting a gun.   The person looking to commit the crime will find a gun if not at Wal-Mart, then on the streets where it’s much easier and cheaper to get.  

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By D. E. Carson on April 15, 2008 at 06:52 pm

Actually, ATF regs require that you produce an ID when you buy a gun.  Now if that kid has enough phony IDs to get mulitple firearms, that's a whole other story and no one said anything about training the Wal-Mart clerks to spot a face driver license.

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By D. E. Carson on April 16, 2008 at 12:43 am

It doesn't bother me that Wal-Mart sells guns.  What bothers me is the $9.00/hour schlub behind the counter that is selling it to me who doesn't know a pump shotgun from pump hairspray.

Dammit! J&T and I are on the same side of the discussion again.  I must be rubbing off on her...

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By D. E. Carson on April 17, 2008 at 12:28 am

J&T: and the problem would be...?

El G: The age laws on guns only apply to the buyer and the owner.  There's nothing I've ever found in there about the seller...so long as the proprietor has the seller's license.  But, you're right, it is a scary thought that two 17 year olds and a creepy drifter with a meth problem were in charge of selling firearms.

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By D. E. Carson on April 18, 2008 at 12:15 am

Here's a news flash: I just found out tonight that the State of California in its infinite stupidity has barred Wal-Mart from selling ANY firearms in the state.  They can sell all the ammuniton they want, but no guns...

Now, where's my slingshot...?

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