Paul is now crowing about "microstamping . He gives the usual talking points of "it will solve crimes", "it's proven technology", it's inexpensive", etc.
I know I've heard this refrain before. What was it now? Let me think... Oh right it was ..
And yet the places that implemented it have had little or no success w/ it. Why? Because it was not "proven" nor "effective" at solving crimes. MD wasted millions of dollars to solve exactly zero crimes w/ the police asking for it to be defunded while CA's DOJ study showed such poor results it failed to pass the legislature (surprisingly).
So now we have another new "proven" technology (apparently only proven by the patent holder) that will cost millions to implement and maintain, create even more paperwork mountains, is a defacto registry, and is easily defeatable.
So of course the Brady Bunch supports it.
The song remains the same.
Edit: Here's the E-mail MichaelS sent to Paul:
I am looking forward to when you will open the blog up again to comments. Until then, I will send an email.
As far as micro stamping, let’s assume for the moment that it works as well as you say it does. Do you really think that criminals are so stupid that they would use a micro stamped gun in a crime? Do you realize how easy it is to replace a firing pin on an automatic pistol? Even if micro stamping passes and gun manufacturers comply, unless there is a drastic redesign of the handguns involved, there are thousands of replacement firing pins already available on the market. (Do you propose picking those up and engraving them?) Also, anyone with access to machine tools could manufacture their own firing pins. Yes, a law could be passed prohibiting it but criminals who are willing to use guns in a crime probably aren’t going to worry about any penalty for violating that law.
I am not even going to go into how most crime guns are stolen or how easy it is to make firearms (even sub-machineguns), since those topics have already been covered in previous blogs.
Micro stamping is a feel-good measure that can easily be defeated. It will raise the cost of firearms not only for the consumer but law enforcement as well without a significant reduction in gun crimes.