Sunday, February 21, 2010

Demonizing Tiahrt and the NRA

Gee. It's just shocking to learn that that a certain newspaper would demonize the Tiahrt Amendment and the NRA.

Here's something that the newspaper doesn't tell you:

The FY 2007 version of the Tiahrt amendment ensures that trace data is available to federal, state, and local agencies "in connection with and for use in a bona fide criminal investigation or prosecution" or for use in administrative actions by BATFE

That is the specific reason that DA Chisholm cannot "go fishing," as he would like to do. If there's no bona fide criminal investigation, BATFE is not allowed to release the data.

Flynn, a lefty, derides what the Fraternal Order of Police happens to support:

BATFE has fought for years in the federal courts to keep the databases confidential, because they contain information (such as names of gun buyers) that could jeopardize ongoing investigations—not to mention law enforcement officers’ lives. For example, a suspected gun trafficker could search databases for names of "straw purchasers" he had used to buy handguns, or for traces requested on guns he had sold. That information could lead him to names of officers, informants and other witnesses against his crimes

No, Ed, it wasn't "sudden." It was deliberate, and done for good reason. You may or may not care about witnesses and informants--or members of the FOP--but we do, Ed.

It's not a surprise that the Lefties: Barrett, Bloomberg, Cieslewicz (and others) formed "Mayors Against Illegal Guns." And it sounds so nice!!

The NRA and its several million members are concerned about crime. That concern led to a recent SCOTUS decision which affirmed the 2nd Amendment: every law-abiding citizen in this country is allowed to possess and carry firearms for self-protection. It's the same concern which Wisconsin allayed with its 25th Amendment.

Another purpose of the 2A, of course, is to prevent Governments (state, local, and federal) from getting too uppity. In that regard, Tiahrt is necessary and very helpful.

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