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So, I went to the gun shop this morning to buy a protest gun. I told my wife over family dinner last night that I was going to the gun shop and buy the most obnoxious gun they had. (Upon returning this morning, she asked me where I went. I told her and she said, “oh wait, so you were serious?”) I did not, in fact, buy the Barrett. I ended up buying a Smith and Wesson .44 mag as my half-inch of “go [redacted] yourself.”
In any case, while talking to the older gentleman who worked the counter how his day was, he said it wasn’t great working there anymore. He gets too many visits from the ATF because of guns showing up at crime scenes. He believes that there should be a restriction on the number of guns purchased per month because not everybody is throwing these guys out of the store like he does. He is outraged that law enforcement “cannot do anything” because they aren’t “caught in the act.” His position is, if a guy is buying 14 guns in a year and all of them show up at crime scenes, this ought to be something law enforcement could do something about. He also gets that you can’t give the anti-2A people an inch. So faithless enforcement and faithless politics has made everybody unhappy and closed all doors to an agreeable compromise.
Following that up, I asked if the background check system had improved in the past few years. they that it was the best in the country. Inevitably, the guy who is so squeaky clean a command sergeant major on the warpath couldn’t find a speck on me, gets on background check hold, because obviously, the most law-abiding person possible is the guy that we aren’t sure about (but dirtbag mass shooters have no problems). Talking about the system, he said that VA Gov. Northam had reassigned most of the ladies who do the manual reviews so it could take an arbitrary amount of time. I think because it was literally the first thing and everybody else was at the capitol it didn’t take very long.
Seriously, it’s this kind of petty bullcrap that makes it really hard to take any of the protestations seriously. In principle, I agree with the background check system and concept and, in principle, I agree that it is a good thing. But if the left is just going to not staff it to inconvenience me, especially when the background check system only seems to catch the good guys, and lets the bad guys through, I am hard-pressed to support it in practice.
Faithlessness is why we can’t have nice things. If there was some basis upon which we could build trust and definitive no-go zones, the left would just back off. I am sure we could develop an acceptable framework to move forward. But since bad faith forces everything into the Supreme Court, which will only hear one dispute over wanton bad faith every decade or so, there isn’t a lot of satisfaction to be had.
Faithlessness in execution, both in the laziness of investigations for obvious lawbreaking and the infrastructure, makes it really hard to believe that new compromises will be honored in practice. Faithlessness in compromise makes it impossible to believe that as soon as a bone is thrown, there won’t be a new demand made.
So rally on, I suppose. It doesn’t do anything.