U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “The New York Times reviewed hundreds of documents including police reports, bank records and investigator notes from a decade of mass shootings,” a Monday advocacy piece masked as investigative journalism from “the newspaper of record” claims. “Many of the killers built their stockpiles of high-powered weapons with the convenience of credit.”
That it's “The New York Times” ought to be all we need to know about where this is going. And unsurprisingly, their “No one was watching” claim is a lie. The high-profile credit card tie-ins to the maniacs responsible for massacres were for transfers that received a green light through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Rather than admit the “universal background check” bill of goods the gun-grabbers are pushing is another fraudulent incremental disarmament ploy (even the National Institute of Justice admits “Effectiveness depends on the ability to reduce straw purchasing, requiring gun registration”), The Times demands still more infringements:
“After the shooting last February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 students and staff members were killed, this column suggested that financial firms had an opportunity to help reduce violence by pushing for more responsible practices by the gun industry. As a result, some banks ended their relationships with gunmakers and some investors pushed manufacturers for more transparency.”
So we’ve seen discriminatory economic warfare waged on the firearms industry by private banks that nonetheless are happy to accept public bailouts, and also through government-initiated discrimination such as the Obama administration’s Operation Chokepoint extortion racket.
For now, the banks are balking. No doubt many would embrace the opportunity to subject gun owners to further intimidating privacy violations, but while they’ve already looked into what it would take, they’d prefer the public face of the bad guy not be them. And that means more “laws.”
And what those would need in order to be “effective” is an end to cash firearm transactions and private sales. And the credit card purchase records would be de facto registration, meaning finding who bought something that’s now banned or what’s in a “red-flagged” gun owner’s safe.
Perhaps not now, not all at once…but give the Democrats time to establish overwhelming majorities, like they’re doing via calculated “pathway to citizenship” immigration. In the interim, The Times has given a blueprint for trial balloons to be floated in Second Amendment-free states like California, New Jersey, and New York.
Another “gun-free zone” massacre or two for blood-dancing gun-grabbers to exploit, and who knows what they’ll be able to scare and swindle the emotional and the uninformed out of…?
Not a single gun transfer between violent criminals will be affected in the least.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regular featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.