Monday, September 10, 2012
Microstamping won't save lives or help solve gun crimes
The idea and implementation of firearm microstamping is riddled with holes, yet its allure still fires up the gun control crowd that knows nothing about guns.
From a Fox News article: "Microstamping, or ballistic imprinting, is a patented process that uses laser technology to engrave a tiny marking of the make, model and serial number on the tip of a gun’s firing pin to allow an imprint of that information on spent cartridge cases."
New York politicians are targeting Remington Arms in their state with microstamping legislation and Connecticut has Colt in its sights.
But both gun makers say microstamping is expensive and unreliable and they will leave their respective states if these laws are passed, resulting in job losses for the Yankee states and job gains for unspecified Western states.
Proponents claim microstamping will allow authorities "to quickly identify the registered guns used in crimes."
Unless, of course, criminals use only revolvers which don't eject spent cartridge cases.
Unless, of course, criminals pick up their spent cartridge cases and carry them away from the crime scene along with their microstamped guns.
Unless, of course, criminals buy their guns outside of New York and Connecticut.
Unless, of course, criminals buy foreign-made guns through the black market once the entire US is required to adopt microstamping.
Unless, of course, glove-wearing criminals use registered microstamped guns stolen from honest citizens and simply leave the guns at the crime scene along with the spent cartridge cases.
Unless, of course, criminals pay their underworld gunsmiths to replace the microstamped firing pins for un-microstamped firing pins.
These are just some of the problems.
New York Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, identified in the article as "a Democrat and the chief sponsor of the microstamping legislation" said of Remington and Colt, "It’s unfair of them to resist sensible regulation to save lives."
But, of course, microstamping won't save a single life because the spent cartridge cases are not "spent" until after they have been fired and the victim is already dead.