Originally Posted by audiopollution
I'm fully aware of the slippery slope that gun owners fear.
Perhaps better policing of the arms industry and their distribution channels, instead? Vociferous prosecution of dealers who sell 'under the table'?
You may want to drop the sarcastic tone. Quoting Ted Nugent doesn't particularly put your thoughts in a reasonable light, unless of course you're a proponent of having people suck on your machine gun because you disagree with them, at which point it all becomes clear.
How would you respond to posts stating that you get paid when people are killed, and that you are planning to kill your family, et al? I've tried having a real discussion, and it constantly ends in "you want people to die" and such idiocy.
As far as policing distribution channels, I'll return to an earlier post... what goal would be achieved by providing criminal access to guns? When a gun is misused, who do they come after? The gunmakers and law-abiding people. No one can solve this riddle for me. It has been demonstrated time and again that, as in the case of the Beltway Sniper, that not policing the channel is a costly risk. Even with the recent legislation, there exists no blanket immunity in cases of gross negligence re: dealers. I know for a fact of one gun maker who has a black-list of dealers that they will not do business with because of 4473 infractions. In my opinion, we should have very stiff punishments for people that break laws regarding firearms... go after the people causing the problem, not the law-abiding people. I support fully enforcing the law... and abhor fully the lazy and intellectually vacuous argument for complete disarmament of all law-abiding people.
I have personally been to meetings at SHOT Show with gun industry execs and the discussions continually revolve around following the law and instructing their distributors. They are rightfully scared of the ATF. Trust me. Especially with anti-gun bigots chairing the oversight committees. They know that the future of this right is based in NOT having Columbine headlines. You see, gun manufacturers do not sell to gun dealers. They sell to distributors, who then sell to dealers. At all three levels, the actions of said entities are governed by tens of thousands of pages of existing federal law.
I believe we need to target that 1-2% of dealers who are selling guns improperly. The ATF has put a huge boot down regarding paperwork and the penalties for not following the law are very, very stiff. I think there should be a zero-tolerance policy for gun dealers who do not follow the law. And the NRA agrees with that position. The problem comes when anti-gunners use the administrative arm of the ATF as their private police force, which has been done repeatedly, especially during the Clinton years.
Again, we're back to the same old thing. ENFORCE THE LAW before we lunge for more laws. We have serious punishments for bad gun dealers. Use them. We have punishments for felons in possession of guns. Use them. We have tens of thousands of laws on the book right now. Use them... before you crow about taking more freedom from law-abiding people who deserve equitable force in dealing with the criminal element.