I’ve always believed that one of the key problems in our system of government is that we all confuse passing laws with making changes.
As anyone who’s ever managed people knows, there’s a world of difference between sending memos (or policy and procedures documents) and changing employee behavior.
It looks like the Beltway shooter’s gun was never really sold (requires registration)…
TACOMA, Wash. – Three days into the search of a Tacoma gun store, federal agents on Saturday were still trying to figure out how a rifle used in the Washington, D.C.-area sniper shootings got into the hands of suspect John Allen Muhammad.
The .223-caliber Bushmaster arrived at Bull’s Eye Shooter Supply in June, but no record has been found indicating it was sold, said Richard Van Loan, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent involved in the search. Gun dealers are required to keep such records.
Here we have what appears to be a major breakdown in the existing systems designed to keep guns out of the hands of proven violent nutjobs.
I kinda hate to echo the NRA (except when I think they’re correct), but maybe we should spend some effort on figuring out how to enforce the laws we have before we burn a lot of midnight oil figuring out new ones?
Just a thought.
(Link thanks to QuasiPundit)