Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Racist Roots Of Gun Control

Our public disservants the ATFE have been demonstrating what is widely known as the racist roots of gun control.

Currently there is an ongoing Congressional Hearing regarding the actions of the ATFE and local law enforcement practices in relation to "residency checks" and verifying purchases (obstensibly to catch straw purchases) in the Richmond, VA and Pittsburgh, PA areas.

The practice is abominable and based upon nothing but race and gender discrimination as evidenced by the selection criteria:

"When I asked them what their criteria was for the people that they collected the 4473s on at the Pittsburgh show, the answer I got back was, 'If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it's a duck. That's all we need,'" McComas continued. "Translation: Under 30 and black, period. That's all they were looking for. Anyone who meets those criteria, they're doing a follow-up on."


"Anyone who was a minority, they picked up their 'tail,' if you will, and just followed them through the gun show. When they stopped at a table, the agents would literally stand on one side or the other and watch what they were doing. If they started to purchase a gun [the agents] would ask them why they were buying it, what were they buying it for, what did they need that gun for," McComas related. "It was ridiculous. There was absolutely no reason for it other than the color of their skin."
The methodology used to conduct these "background checks":
Suzanne McComas, a licensed private investigator who has worked with the America's Most Wanted television program, was hired by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to gather information about ATF's Richmond operations. During her investigation, she learned that the agency had been conducting "residency checks" in at least one other U.S. city, but using different and "much more intimidating" tactics.

"At Pittsburgh, the Firearms Task Force there that's also headed by the ATF, instead of doing residency checks immediately, they're collecting the 4473 with the purchaser's address on it, then they go knock at the door about a week later and ask, 'Could we see the gun that you bought?'" McComas explained. "There's absolutely no process involved, there's no reason for them to do it. If you cannot produce the gun, they ask you for the sale paperwork. If you refuse to produce the paperwork they put you under arrest for a 'straw purchase.'"

Federal law requires licensed gun dealers to complete an ATF Form 4473 for each firearm sold through their business, in addition to any forms required by the state, county and/or city where they do business. Private sales between individuals, who are not engaged in the firearms trade as a business, are subject to no such federal recordkeeping requirements. Therefore a gun show purchaser could legally sell or even give the gun they purchased to someone else yet have no paperwork to meet the ATF's demand.
When your public servants actively pursue eliminating through harassment a right enumerated in the Constitution of the United States by harassing those that would excercise this right it is time to take them task.

Should they succeed they would attempt to deny the general populace the excercise of their Second Amendment rights as they did a minority.

Reading on the Racist Roots Of Gun Control

Read The Whole Thing.

Congressional Hearings Link click on the fifteenth.

Enjoy The Video.

Hat Tip:
National Rifle Association

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