You’ll hardly find much in the “What is gun control?”debate discussing this subject; certainly none of the NRA sponsored websites and their paid hacks writing for them and the opinion pages of newspapers.
There is a technology that could help the police and FBI immeasurably to track down the source, hence the buyer, of explosives or simple gun powder: micro particles called taggants.
“IDENTIFICATION taggants are microscopically color coded particles that, if added to explosives or gun powders during their manufacturing, might facilitate tracing those products after a bombing back to the manufacturer. Then, through use of mandatory distribution records, tracing would continue through wholesaler and dealer levels to an original purchaser or point of theft. Detection taggants may be added to a product to facilitate detection of that product before it is exploded or burned in a crime.” (NRA)
This sounds like a good, useful technology right? It doesn’t hurt anybody, is harmless to the product and certainly doesn’t seem like it could be very expensive. Helps the good guys and doesn’t hurt anyone: So what did the NRA do?
The strangled the plan. The NRA lobbying company has so much power in congress that despite this total upside to taggants they killed the legislation is service to their clients…gun powder makers.
From the same website: “Section 732 of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 required a general study of taggants as directed by the Secretary of the Treasury. The study is required to demonstrate that taggants: “will not pose a risk to human life and safety; will substantially assist law enforcement officers in their investigative efforts; will not substantially impair the quality of the explosive materials for their intended lawful use; will not have a substantially adverse effect on the environment; and the costs associated with the addition of the tracers will not out weigh benefits of their inclusion.”
During the summer of 1996, Congress approved an NRA backed proposal (an amendment to Section 732 in H.R. 3610, the Omnibus Consolidation Appropriations Act of 1997) that an independent body examine all technologies that allow explosives to be detected before a terrorist or criminal explodes his bomb in addition to those that will identify the explosive after a blast. NRA fought hard for the inclusion of this language, knowing that preventive technologies offer our best hope for enhanced public safety and more effective law enforcement.”
Who would have thought that the NRA represented gun powder manufacturers?! You don’t see that in the typical “What is gun control?” debate! The NRA is the lobbying forces for all associated weapons makers and sellers. They have nothing whatsoever to do with sportsmen.
While our opinion pages are clogged with empty “What is gun control good for?” articles constantly trying to play sleight of hand with issues such as the 2nd amendment and the bogus “right to bear arms” the real battle for citizen safety is being murdered by the NRA.
What is gun control? In the US gun control is fighting the NRA!
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