Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thanks for nothing

Pittsburgh City Council, in a futile bit of political grandstanding, passed a measure the other day that would require gun owners to report any lost or stolen guns within 24 hours of finding that a firearm is missing. Ignoring the issue of whether the move is legal (It's not), let's focus on the effect it will have. Oh, wait, that would be none at all. Number one, it's totally unenforceable. How are police or prosecutors going to prove when someone knew that a gun was no longer in their possession? Second, explain to me how the law is going to get those missing and stolen guns off the street. Oh, wait, it won't. The guns won't turn up until they've already been used in a violent crime. Criminals who want to obtain guns are going to get them, often illegally, but trying to put the onus on legitimate gun owners is just a dodge. The council members who voted for this mess can go around puffing out their chests and saying they're doing something about street crime. Just one problem: They're not.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't they use the guns to shoot the feral cats they're paying to have neutered?

December 4, 2008 at 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand a new gun law is being passed that states no blue-skinned, Haitian with the sir name of McGraw, can purchase a hand gun without first promising to vote their incumbent politician. That will show them they mean business.

December 5, 2008 at 9:02 PM  

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