Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Trusting the Authorities

Would you feel secure selling a firearm to an FBI agent? That he/she's not doing something underhanded?

How about a Deputy Sheriff?

Do you think that sale should have to go through multiple layers of background checks? I mean they're cops, right?

Think again.

August 2007

The dealer sells the gun via the Internet to John T. Shipley, an FBI agent and gun hobbyist, in El Paso, Texas. (ed. who was operating an unlicensed firearm business)

August 2007

Mr. Shipley sells the rifle to El Paso deputy sheriff Luis Armando Rodriguez, (ed. under investigation for arms trafficking) who resells the gun (ed. to a Mexican national under investigation for arms trafficking)

March 2008

The gun is found at the scene of a shootout between a Mexican military patrol and a suspected drug gang in Chihuahua, Mexico.

So those who are entrusted to keep the law are violating it so that necessitates MORE laws to be put on the books to stop it.


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Sigivald said...

You know, it doesn't say specifically - but I bet that first step also involved a local FFL and a 4473 and NICS check.

I infer that because

A) that's how it has to work, legally and

B) there's no mention of the dealer getting sent to jail.

drjim said...

And I remember when the saying "There oughta be a LAW!" was a satirical slam at the nanny-staters.
Oh, well.....