Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Enemies Of The State?

Saw this little tidbit in USA Today at about the same time I was watching Enemy of the State. Naturally, my anti-government paranoia kicked in.

FBI official: 'Perfect storm' imperiling gun background checks
The surge of criminal background checks required of new gun purchasers has been so unrelenting in recent months that the FBI had been forced to temporarily halt the processing of thousands of appeals from prospective buyers whose firearm purchase attempts have been denied...
In other words, if you are wrongfully prohibited from purchasing a firearm because, for example, you have "a similar name and/or similar descriptive features" as someone with "either federally prohibiting criteria or state-prohibiting criteria" you are SOOL.
The transfer of examiners, which had left a backlog of 7,100 appeals, is only part of a makeshift reorganization that FBI Assistant Director Stephen Morris said has become necessary to handle a burgeoning workload...

“The last several months, we've kind of found ourselves in a perfect storm,’’ Morris said in an interview with USA TODAY. In each of the last six months, the number of background checks has risen steadily, according to FBI records..

Since before Thanksgiving weekend, all annual leave for the more than 400 employees of the bureau’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System has been canceled. That Black Friday, the system was swamped with 185,345 background check requests on new firearm sales, a new single-day record...
Thanks to one barack hussein obama, gun salesman of the year.


Normally I might be inclined to view this as just one more example of government ineptitude.
The NICS system, mandated by Congress as part of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, has for nearly 20 years been a centerpiece of the government's effort to block criminals from obtaining firearms. Yet the operation has largely struggled to keep pace with a steadily increasing number of firearm transfers...
Sadly, however, there can be deadly consequences when the systems screws up.
No one recent case underscores the sobering nature of the work here more, officials said, more than an April transaction in South Carolina, reviewed by a veteran examiner at the West Virginia facility.

In that case, which could not be resolved within the three-day period, Dylann Roof was mistakenly allowed to walk away with the .45-caliber handgun allegedly used two months later to kill nine people during an evening Bible study session at the iconic Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston.

"We are all sick about what happened,'' FBI Director James Comey said during a July briefing when the error was disclosed.
That case, IMO, was a true error. However, given obama's hypocritical antipathy towards firearms and firearms owners, I am somewhat skeptical regarding the overall situation.

("This year" = 2015)
News of (the halt in processing appeals) comes on the heels of Barack Obama’s much-publicized executive actions on gun control...

Suspending the NICS denial appeal process takes on an even more sinister character when one contemplates the chief gun control measure advocated by the Obama administration. Under a “universal” background check scheme, individuals would be unable to lawfully obtain firearms without subjecting themselves to a NICS check. If such legislation was currently in force, an individual who found themselves erroneously flagged by NICS, no matter how law-abiding, would have no avenue to legally acquire a firearm and no means to challenge their incorrect NICS status, obliterating their ability to exercise their rights in perpetuity...
That, I think, is the ultimate objective of barry and his gun-grabbing cronies.

3 comments:

Randy H said...

sneaky bastids

Well Seasoned Fool said...

For years the appeal process at ATF wasn't funded. Chucky Scumbag (D)NY took full credit. Finally ended by a court decision.

CenTexTim said...

Randy - yes they are!

WSF - like Randy said, they're sneaky bastids...