Fast and Furious may have implemented gun registration

The lawmakers contended that ATF agents, under the Operation Fast and Furious investigation, added extensive amounts of firearms to what is termed the Suspect Gun Database maintained by the agency. All told, between 1992 and 2012, the agency added data on 173,784 guns to the database. Once added, even if an investigation is concluded, the information cataloged on both the gun and the purchaser remains active.

As far as building an actual, complete registration list of firearms, this is a drop in the bucket. But if the ATF is building a database of people who own politically incorrect guns for use as a target list, well, it might work for that.

The other issue, alleged targeting of minorities, is also troubling. The raw conviction statistics do not prove racism, of course, but it is also true that the ATF has some very troubling history in that area. History aside, the current objections are to sting operations where the ATF goes into a particular neighborhood and tries to talk individuals there into committing crimes:

"There’s something very wrong going on here,” University of Chicago law professor Alison Siegler told USA Today. “The government is creating these crimes and then choosing who it’s going to target.”

From the descriptions of the sting operations in the press, I agree. Recruiting local criminals to conduct an armed robbery from a drug stash seems to me like creating a crime rather than solving one. So does recruiting the mentally-handicapped.

This entry was published Tue Jul 29 13:44:34 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2014-07-28 11:37:26.0. [Tweet]

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