First – thanks to everyone that recently supported this site through Amazon and the field manuals. Making a little to cover costs and buy some books myself helps keep the SHTFblog energy up.
Also, a SHTF thanks to Rawles for the cross-post action. I thought about taking your post and writing a cross-cross-post-post, but then that could go on forever. Or would it be a cross-post cross-post? Anyway . . .
If you haven’t already heard, California will require firearm microstamping by 2010. What is it? It’s a tiny engraving on the tip of a firing pin that transfers a print onto the bullet casing so the casing can be identified as being fired from a particular gun. Police, in theory, can trace the casings found at crime scenes back to the specific gun, and back to the person that used it.
Good or Bad?
According to one source, the United States had a gun murder rate of 3.62 per 100,000 people in 1999. Is microstamping a good way to help catch these killers or is it an invasion of your rights? Thoughts to consider:
- Added cost to the gun? Estimates range between 50 cents per firearm to $8.50 per firearm to install this technology.
- Could a murderer just swap out the firing pin and evade the technology, or are most murderers not that forward thinking?
- Could someone just collect brass casings and toss them around the crime scene?
- Does this really matter to anyone that obeys the law? What’s 50 cents or 8 bucks?
- Would it increase the likelihood that thugs will want to steal others’ legally owned firearms?
- Did you know that California is exempting firearms sold to law enforcement from the microstamping law?
I have no answers, only thoughts.
On a somewhat related note, someone posted a comment the other day mentioning an Associated Press article on AR-15’s. I went searching for the news article, but couldn’t find it. However, I was amazed at what turned up. Check out these news stories, ALL published THIS month:
Who said the 5.56 is a wimpy round? AR-15 kills attacking polar bear.
Interesting one here: AR-15’s are flying off gun shelves as people fear a ban coming.
Quote: “Chief Bratton’s question remains just as urgent today. Military style weapons have no legitimate place in civilian hands on America’s streets. Four years ago, as the ban expired, we posed this question: ”Who in Congress will have the guts now to introduce a new and even tighter ban on such killing machines? The question remains relevant.”
Quite a few articles on police departments beefing up what they carry. I can’t really blame them, it’d stuck going up against a drug pushing, AK-wielding gang with a 9mm. I think their actions are a sign of the times. More thugs are using assault rifles, which will mean a greater push toward a ban, which means all of these criminal LOSERS are going to spoil it for everyone else that just likes to throw a little lead down range. Of course, with today’s ammo prices who can afford to go to the range for fun?
– Ranger Man
BTW: RG sent me a link to this video, a short “holy shit hits the fan avian flu flick” (my title):