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The Diversion from Fast and Furious Continues

The usual suspects, including misdirector-in-chief Elijah Cummings, are introducing a federal gun trafficking bill today. I’m very curious to see this bill. I can almost promise there will be a way for otherwise law abiding folks to get tripped up in this and nailed with a felony. Why? These people have demonstrated time and time again to have no regard for careful drafting of legislation to avoid it.

2 Responses to “The Diversion from Fast and Furious Continues”

  1. DirtCrashr says:

    This is also a media on-ramp vehicle, so they can pick it up and hit it hard and spin the whole coverage, and bury the context in a wash of white-out.

  2. terraformer says:

    ” I can almost promise there will be a way for otherwise law abiding folks to get tripped up in this and nailed with a felony. Why? These people have demonstrated time and time again to have no regard for careful drafting of legislation to avoid it.”

    Some people (not saying you are one of them) think that the drafters of this legislation just want to convict innocent people, etc and although I fully accept there are some warped individuals on the brady side with this goal, the overbroad and abuse friendly legislation comes from elsewhere.

    It comes from the fact that these people so thoroughly trust the DAs and the cops to not screw up (forget about intentional corruption for a sec) that they see no problem with the broad discretionary/interpretive powers handed to authorities.

    A guy got his guns stolen up here a few years back. He suspected a neighborhood kid. The cops dragged the kid (pre-teen) in and got a confession out of him and made sure it implied that the guns were not properly stored and allowed easy access to the kid. The cops charged the gun owner with improper storage and didn’t charge the kid for stealing them because of his age (and it turns out in order to get the “confession”). The guns turned up across town and the guy had them was linked to the robbery. The confession was a result of browbeating a pre-teen into regurgitating leading questions.

    But we should trust authority, right???

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