Tuesday, October 03, 2006

School shootings, high murder rate in Louisville, and Anne wants to help corrupt gun dealers

My original headline said "drug dealers". I'm sorry I meant gun dealers. Drug dealers would only benefit indirectly from Anne's vote.

From Josh Sugarmann in the Huffington Post:

(T)he U.S. House yesterday confirmed its role as head cheerleader for gun crime by passing legislation (H.R. 5092) that makes it harder for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to revoke the licenses of corrupt gun dealers. Ignoring, as usual, law enforcement opposition such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police and, well, facts (corrupt gun dealers are the highest volume supplier of illegally trafficked guns), the House voted 277-131 to pass legislation that actually makes ignorance of the law an excuse whenever ATF moves to revoke a dealer's license (which they hardly ever do anyway).

The House had more gun happy legislation waiting in the wings, including a bill to further restrict the access of state and local governments as well as law enforcement agencies to the crime gun trace data that is crucial to stopping illegal gun trafficking, but, mercifully, ran out of time to pass it.

Ms. Northup, of course, was for it, because the NRA was for it. Wonder why she's more willing to be in the pocket of the NRA than she is to support the people who keep us safe.

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