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    JayBat, a2nite, oldpotsmuggler
    Taggants in high explosives were used to track a bomber in 1979. But after the Office of Technology Assessment reported on taggants to Congress, under pressure from the NRA, ordered Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in 1980 to stop looking for ways to trace gunpowder. Fifteen years later, after the Oklahoma City bombings, President Clinton proposed mixing taggants into explosives, including fertilizers like the one Tim McVeigh loaded into his rental truck and laced with diesel fuel to murder 168 people.

    The NRA again worked to block the move, saying that taggants would make gunpowder unstable and unsafe. In 1998, the National Research Council concluded that despite "putting additives into explosives to make them easier to detect or to help trace their origins after a bombing, concerns about cost, safety and effectiveness must be addressed before additives can be widely used."

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 02:37:13 PM PDT

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