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This is why we can't have nice things. Part 1.

I actually believe that the ATF is working for the gun industry. They are charged with defining the things that make guns (and explosives) easily available to the public at large. This is done with entries into the ATF Handbook, not by legislation. The Handbook defines Machine Gun thus:

ďFor the purposes of the National Firearms Act the term Machinegun means:
Any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger

The frame or receiver of any such weapon

Any part designed and intended solely and exclusively or combination of parts designed and intended for use in converting a weapon into a machinegun, or

Any combination of parts from which a machinegun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person.Ē

Until recently, using this definition, this is a machine gun:

And this is not:

Notice the difference? Yeah, me neither. The 'difference' is that the Bump Stock uses springs and mechanics to allow the trigger to re-set meaning that the gun fires one bullet for one trigger pull. The Bump Stock allows the shooter to pull the trigger up too 600 times a minute. But it's not a machine gun, right?

Under pressure from the Trump administration (even a blind hog finds an acorn now and then) the ATF re-wrote the definition to classify a Bump Stock as a gun bringing it under the jurisdiction of the ATF. Note that they did not change the definition of Machinegun, only reclassified the Bump Stock as a gun.

It is these arcane bits of minutia that allows the gun industry to thwart the intent of any legislation to restrict firearms. How long do you think it will take for the gun nuts to find a work around to achieve the same function that skirts the ATF handbook and thus legislation?

The entire structure of gun governance needs to be seriously considered and overhauled. The actual functionality of guns needs to be the basis of legislation, not some arcane entry into the ATF handbook made by clerical staff without oversight.

This epidemic has no vaccine. It is up to you and me to make these changes. Support an anti gun violence organization of your choice. Give money, join, attend meetings and add to their voice. Lives depend on it.

Part 2 and 3 coming soon.

Nope. Just bought $5mil in good will in the 70% of people who do not own a gun.nt

In my case you called me names, insulted my intelligence and integrity.

I hold a C&R FFL, own more guns than I have fingers, know local and national laws and probably more about firearm development and its effect on warfare than most.

All that I've been met with derision, name calling and insults.

That is how gun nutters respond to everyone who isn't another rabid gun but.

Ya can find all that but ya can't find the part about firearms and ammo?

I can put up with a lot of shit from people who are passionate but not from people who are intentionally ignorant and too stubborn to see an opposing viewpoint regardless of validity and facts.

Welcome to my ignore list.

How I became an avid gun control supporter.

December 14, 2012. It was a Friday. My daughter dropped off my Grand Daughter (3) after getting her two sons (6 and 10) to school on her way to work as she does every week day. Itís just after 8:20. Just another day to spend holding my Baby Girl on my lap and watching the talking heads on MSNBC and CNN. Baby Girl will be the best informed kid in Kindergarten by osmosis.

About 9:30 the networks shift to a school in Connecticut. Police and SWAT are on the scene at a school and there are reports of shots fired inside. Itís an elementary school. My first thought was that some asshole who got fired was taking vengeance on management. Baby Girl asks for orange juice. Sippy cup in hand we settle back into my oversized easy chair and switch to CNN. They're covering the same story.

By 10:00 there are reports of some children being among the casualties. Gee, I think, is this bastard so clumsy or inept that he misses the janitor and hurts a little kid? Baby Girl needs her fuzzy blanket. Back in the chair we switch over to MSNBC. Chris Jansing was on the scene. Thatís quick, I think, getting from NY to CT on such short notice, must be more going on than just a disgruntled ex-employee.

By about noon the details start filling in. The Principal is dead of gunshot wounds and there are multiple children shot. A reporter says that 15 to 18 students, first or second graders, are casualties along with several teachers and administrators. Itís clear that this isnít just a pissed off ex-employee.

Kids and teachers stream out of the building, kids all holding hands in an unbroken chain. Parents are now on the scene and the look of fear and anguish on their faces makes the whole thing somehow personal. By now tears are streaming down my cheeks. Baby Girl asks in a worried voice, ďWhatís wrong Grandad?Ē Donít worry Baby, itís just something on TV.

By mid afternoon the coroner is on scene and the body count firms up. Twenty kids, all first graders, are dead along with six teachers. How this man can maintain his composure while delivering news like this is beyond me. Then he says, ďthereíll be time for that later . . . ď Police and coroner go through the details of matching children, living and dead, to parents. Images of unimaginable grief are on the TV but by now itís all so surreal Iím having an out of body experience seeing myself holding a three year old watching TV and sobbing.

At 3:35 and the two boys have walked home from school a few blocks away. One look at me and they both go into panic mode. Whatís wrong? Is everybody all right? Mommy, Daddy, Nana? Itís okay, just some really bad things on TV. Come here and sit with me for a minute.

Mom arrives to retrieve her children. Sheís wearing dark glasses and her face is a bit puffy. She says, ďI have this information but donít know how to process it or what to do with it.Ē Not much more passes between us. She studiously avoids being overly emotional with the kids because she sees that theyíre pretty freaked out by me. How the hell did she get so strong and smart about dealing with her children?

My wife gets home a few hours later. Dinner is cold cuts and cheese, Iím not up to eating anything myself. Later, in bed, the images of these childrenís last few minutes of life, the fear screaming and calling for mommy and daddy come to me and I break down into an uncontrolled sobbing mess. That still happens now and then but usually itís just a quiet cry.

Those who think this will go away, that Gabby Giffords or the parents of Sandy Hook or Richard Martinez or me will go away are living in a fantasy world. Until Sandy Hook I didnít know that 30,000 people die by gun violence every year. I didnít know that more toddlers under five are killed with guns every year than police officers on active duty. I didnít know that more women have died by guns in the hands if intimate partners than soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq over the same time period.

But I know it now. And Iím not going away.

And you think those charged with enforcing the law

should have the lee way to enforce law as they see fit? That's a good idea?

So you legally carry but the LEO doesn't like cc and he does what he thinks is right? That cuts both ways, be careful what you wish for . . .

Like I said, only if you like the law. nt

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