One Gun's Travels
June 2007The gun—an 82A1 sniper rifle—is shipped by manufacturer Barrett in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to a distributor in Grand Prairie, Texas.July 2007It is then shipped to a dealer in O'Fallon, Mo.August 2007The dealer sells the gun via the Internet to John T. Shipley, an FBI agent and gun hobbyist, in El Paso, Texas.August 2007Mr. Shipley sells the rifle to El Paso deputy sheriff Luis Armando Rodriguez, who resells the gun.March 2008The gun is found at the scene of a shootout between a Mexican military patrol and a suspected drug gang in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, says there's ample evidence to indicate that the vast majority of weapons used by drug cartels in Mexico come not from the U.S., but from Russia and China and via Guatemala and other Central American countries. He suggests that the Obama administration should improve enforcement of existing laws, rather than proposing new laws.The border is way too porous for guns and cash going one way and drugs and people going the other. The ATF no doubt has as many problems as most other government agencies. The NRA isn't helping the issue by fighting tooth and nail to protect every American's right to sell a gun on to whomever without keeping records or telling anyone who has what gun. Whatever the merits of the above case, it's way too easy to be a straw buyer, and then just turn around and make a quick buck by selling to people who can't buy in a store. In the parking lot, for example.
Also, why the hell do private persons need to have access to .50-cal sniper rifles? Is there a legit hunting or self-defense or defense of property need for such weapons?
Pistols. Go ahead.
Hunting rifles. Sure.
Shotguns. Yes, nice home defense weapon.
Assault rifles? Say what?
Extended capacity magazine? Sorry, I don't see the need for that.
Sniper rifles with an effective range of 1800m? No, there's no legit need for that outside of law enforcement and military.
EDIT: On second thought, a rancher or someone living in an isolated area could conceivably have a legit reason to want to own an assault rifle. The cops might take half an hour or more to show up. In the meantime there go your cattle and your equipment and your family and the bad guys will have military-grade gear. You should at least have a last-ditch means of defending yourself.
Let's get the assault rifles duly licensed and verified to still be in your possession once a year, by a sheriff or at a police station or by a notary (?) or similar. These need to get tracked, and not be in the possession of random people living in the middle of a city.