I have recently heard about some of the new “Ammunition Accountability Legislation” that is being pressed to be adopted by over 18 states around these United States of America. This legislation, which can be found in detail at such sites like http://ammunitionaccountability.org/Legislation.htm , is an attempt to ban the sale of unrecorded ammunition and make reloaded (a.k.a. hand-loaded) ammunition illegal. All un-coded ammunition would be illegal to own or sell after a proposed date of January 1, 2011.
What has been failed to be mentioned in this legislation is that it virtually already existed in this country prior to the 1986 amendment of the 1968 Gun Control Act, Public Law 90-618. During the original inception of the 1968 Gun Control Act (which has been alleged by the pro-gun group Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership to have been a mere rewriting of the 1938 German Weapons Law reform), all Federal Firearms License (FFL) holders who sold ammunition and firearms were required to keep a record of all sales of ammunition (and firearms) to customers (check out these sources: http://www.libraryindex.com/pages/1735/Firearm-Laws-Regulations-Ordinances-FIREARMS-OWNERS-PROTECTION-ACT-1986.html & http://stason.org/TULARC/society/pro-guns/99-APPENDIX-I-The-Biggest-Myths-of-Gun-Control-A-Look.html ). While the technology to laser-code each bullet with a distinct serial number that could be traced fairly easy was either nonexistent or in its infancy at the time, the recording of ammo sales was already in place between the years of 1968 and 1986. So, this part of the legislation has already been tested in this country for nearly twenty years. How many crimes did this part of the law help prevent? And in exactly how many court cases was this record-keeping used successfully to trace a particular bullet back to a particular homicide and a particular criminal? These questions are In another online published report by the Rand corporation (found here: http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/2008/RAND_TR512.sum.pdf ), a detailed analysis of an area that does require ammunition sales records, Los Angeles, reveals that a “whopping” 3% of ammunition purchasers logged during the time of the study were felons or other persons who were prohibited from owning firearms or ammunition. But here’s the important part where this law REALLY breaks down—it was already illegal for these people to own, purchase, sell, or acquire ammunition in the first place! Would this new law requiring retailers to log ammunition buyers do ANYTHING to actually prevent a criminal from obtaining a gun or ammunition? Or would a record of who bought a box of ammunition bring back the person (or persons) whom the buyer murdered? The only thing that would prevent the murder of an innocent would be the firearm in that person’s hand that shot back at the would-be murderer, in the end!
A criminal is someone who, by very definition, has no respect for organized law in the first place. Therefore, any prohibition put in place by the law does not affect criminals; instead, it only affects law-abiding people who are willing to give the law in question legitimacy by following it. Otherwise, the law has no power if people do not willing follow it, even if it is enforced by an authoritative power! One of the real ironies here is that, should a law go unheeded by a populace, the only way to truly enforce the law is to do it by, well, force (or the intimidation of a populace by a seemingly vastly powerful authority)! Illogical laws dealing with the use of firearms and lethal force by law-abiding people must, therefore, be enforced by the same tools (firearms, written edicts, and a powerful authority) that many law-abiding citizens are supposedly “not capable” of using properly under these laws.
This latest bout of illogical, evermore restrictive legislation is an attempt by ignorant people to try to correct all of the problems of society and humanity with misleading words, emotional ecstasy, and illogical fallacies. Unfortunately, by attempting to increase legal restrictions on law-abiding citizens, all this legislation succeeds in doing is in creating criminals out of ordinary, honest citizens. The problems of society do not stem from guns, drugs, money, politics, or any other physical item or applied social idea; it stems from the fallible human nature that is present in all of humanity. We all make mistakes, and none of us are perfect. To attempt to create perfection where none exists by putting ink on paper or text in a computer database somewhere does nothing to solve the real problem. The real problem can ONLY be addressed by each and every individual human being. People must make the decision to either do right or wrong on their own volition; no one else can change them. True, no one will get everything right 100% of the time, but at least they made the personal decision to try to do the right thing. And this post will NOT degenerate into some sort of debate over the definition of what is right and wrong. THAT is another discussion entirely…
I hope this post has had some beneficial impact on spreading some awareness about this latest assault on personal liberty. Nothing surprises me anymore; it seems that no matter where one looks, there is always someone or something trying to claw at the best institutions humanity has ever known. Well, I guess only the future can really tell what’s going to happen, huh?