Starting with the ridiculous, New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg has shown the gun freaks once again that he means business. Some time back he demonstrated how some low-lifes in Arizona and elsewhere in the country were willing and anxious to sell guns to people they had reason to believe did not have the right to own them. You can read more on this in an earlier Nasty Jack post.
In my post, Bloomberg and Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston and co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, were asking for an overhaul of the background-check system for gun purchases which allowed such massacres as the one at Virginia Tech which killed 32 people, injuring 17 others, and the most recent in Tucson, Arizona killing 6 and injuring 13, including U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords from Arizona.
But the latest that Bloomberg/Menino have come up with exposes the gun industry once again as being irresponsibly relentless in its pursuit to make firearms available to anyone, no matter what their past, or whether they are fit to own a weapon. The mayors’ sting operation centered on the online marketplace, particularly Craigslist and Web sites selling firearms.
These reprehensible gun nuts were willing to sell to NYC investigators that clearly admitted they were probably unable to pass a background check. Some even said they were too young to buy a gun legally. These private sellers are not required to make a background check, but knowingly selling to someone who admits to not being able to pass one is a felony. Just more of the NRA’s best. In all fairness, there were other instances where the seller refused to make the deal.
And then there was the person who could lose their 2nd Amendment rights over having a medical marijuana card, which borders on ridiculous. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) now says you will lose a “key constitutional right” if you let your state know you take pot medicinally. Arizona’s make-believe governor, Jan Brewer, and Michigan’s attorney general are already interfering with medical marijuana laws legally passed by their constituents.
In a Nevada case, a woman is challenging this BATFE ruling after trying to buy a gun and being turned down. If her intent is to have the weapon in her home for protection, it is absurd that the government would deny her this 2nd Amendment right just because she uses the medical marijuana for pain. However, in terms of issuing her a concealed carry permit to walk the streets with her weapon, I would be absolutely against this and another court case in Oregon is pending on this issue. It all comes down to what’s reasonable and both sides must give.
Where’s the NRA when you need them? Just let a situation like this get a little touchy, in this case involving medical marijuana, and they tuck their tail between their legs and hide. Other larger gun organizations have done the same. But it could all come down to an order from President Obama that directs BATFE to make an interpretation of the policy, which is in their discretion, to determine that these users are not unlawful due to their regulation under state law. It’s all about bureaucracy and in this case the gun industry should win.
Read more on my blog Nasty Jack