Inside The Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns

The Count shared a fascinating and depressing article about how “tracking a gun purchase” is actually done.

“People don’t think,” Charlie tells me. He’s a trim guy, 51, full lips and a thin goatee, and he likes to wear three-piece suits. They fit loose, so the overall effect is awkward innocence, like an eighth grader headed to his first formal. “ I get e-mails even from police saying, ‘Can you type in the serial number and tell me who the gun is registered to?’ Every week. They think it’s like a VIN number on a car. Even police. Police from everywhere. ‘Hey, can you guys hurry up and type that number in?’ ”

So here’s a news flash, from Charlie: “We ain’t got a registration system. Ain’t nobody registering no damn guns.”

There is no national database of guns. We have no centralized record of who owns all the firearms we so vigorously debate, no hard data regarding how many people own them, how many of them are bought or sold, or how many even exist.

What we have instead is Charlie.

Inside The Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns.

This is a profoundly stupid country.

2 thoughts on “Inside The Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns

  1. Countme-a-Demon

    Paul Ryan, who is mentally ill, so he’s in the vicinity of recognizing the problem:

    http://www.theonion.com/blogpost/shooting-isnt-about-gun-control-we-refuse-pass-its-57095

    Paul Ryan: “We can’t do anything about weaponry getting into the hands of killers, because my constituents are mentally ill, the Founders were mentally ill, and therefore I’m as crazy as a loon.”

    Ron Johnson:

    https://thinkprogress.org/ron-johnson-health-care-a-privilege-1d9fe371b55a/

    58 more Americans won’t be requiring those three “privileges” any longer, because ….

    Owning and bearing arms, of any caliber, is a Sacred Right, ordained by God in our Constitution.

    “Profoundly stupid” barely scratches the surface.

    America is a malevolent lunatic.

    There are tens of millions, perhaps more, of the malevolent and the lunatic in America who will shoot human beings dead for trying to make food , shelter, and medical care a right, guaranteed by the Constitution.

    An entire political party gives them the weapons and ammo to insure anyone who tries will be gunned down.

    America is a sick fuck. If there were doctors who made house calls to put sick fuck countries out of their misery, mercy would finally prevail.

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