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October 4, 2011

Whitehouse.gov and the double-edged sword

Filed under: Uncategorized — antitango @ 6:55 am

Obama promised transparency in his term.  As part of his promise, they have started an online petition site.  They promise to have an administration official review the petition if it reaches 5,000 signatures.  Of course, you have to register to sign a petition, but if you don’t think the .gov has your full info already, give me some of what you’re smoking!  Bonus Points if you sign up and use the same password as your home PCs encryption!

The gun community has been starting all kinds of petitions and I think it’s great… mostly.

I wonder if people REALLY believe that Obama will seriously consider topics that go against his grain?  REALLY guys?  Bitter shares my skepticism.

However, what people have speculated the petition function’s end goal is to build a list of sympathetic emails with issues that they have specified they care about. A petition like this won’t see any actual action, nor will they really have anything to do with reaching out to pro-gun people.

There is a somewhat silver lining in that same quote, though.

However, it will make some White House staff nervous and annoyed, so that is worth it. It also can serve as a reminder to those in Congress that we want it done.

I took a look around at other related petitions on the Whitehouse’s petition site.  Keep in mind that others have the same idea that we do.  The enemy is also using the same tools.

Petition to increase manpower and system efficacy of the BATFE’s National Firearms Act branch.

The National Firearms Act branch of the BATFE is undermanned with 1/5 of the workforce they currently need, and handle a volume of paperwork that increases by as much as 25% per year. To handle the needs of today, the NFA branch workforce needs to be dramatically increased in size. Additionally to reduce timelines and better comply with intentions of the paperwork reduction act, the NFA’s antiquated paperwork process should be streamlined and computerized for further increased accuracy and efficacy to meet the NFA’s needs for the future today. The modernization of the National Firearms Act’s paperwork process will increase government revenues by increasing taxpayer participation in this voluntary tax process, and will insure greater accuracy of record keeping going into the future.

1/5 of the workforce.  Is that AFTER BATFE-I-E-I-O announced it would fire 450 employees?  Maybe there’s a reason that their funding has been cut to those levels?

I see that current status as beneficial.  Antiquated records keeping?  Good.  Make it harder.  The data should not be easily retrieved.  The ability to use this information on demand in prosecutions or fishing expeditions should never be a possibility, but I’m sure it is.  There is a bit of an admission in there as well:  “handle the volume of paperwork that increases by as much as 25% per year.”  Why does it expand like that?  Because people are delving into the world of NFA restricted items!  They’re exercising their rights and society is all the better for it.  I see nothing but good news all the time about how violent crime has been decreasing.  I’m not saying there’s a direct link, but there’s certainly not a negative link between the two!  The authors of some of these petitions are people with their heads buried in the sand.  That doesn’t negate that they don’t also have friends with heads buried in the sand and regardless of their level of intelligence and thought processes, their numbers are as effective as ours in this deal.  Not only that, but they’re MORE effective since they’ve already got the ear of our Commander in Chief.

Take a look through the petitions site.  See what else you can find.  You cannot beat the enemy unless you stare them in the face and see them for what they are.

Items like an SBR or SBS make it easier to protect your home.  Suppressors make firearms training safer by both increasing accuracy and decreasing, or even removing, the need for hearing protection.

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4 Comments »

  1. I’m not sure that they are the enemy. I think what they are trying to say is that it takes too long to get NFA paperwork completed because there are only 1/5th of the number of NFA branch employees as they need to do their work in a timely fashion. If they had more people it wouldn’t take so long to get the papers for your SBR and suppressor. I think it would be better to just take them off the NFA, but I can see their point.

    Comment by Sean Sorrentino — October 4, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    • You know, that put a really different spin on it than I had thought. I think you’ve got something there and my (very obvious) bias expecting the worse gave me exactly what I was looking for. That’s a very viable option, but I loathe to see what could also happen if there are more employees for that agency. That is all handled by the ATF, correct?

      Comment by antitango — October 4, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

  2. yes, I think it is all handled by the ATF. I am sure that even if they meant well, it wouldn’t really be a good idea to have more ATF agents. They will certainly start sticking their nose where it doesn’t belong.

    Comment by Sean Sorrentino — October 4, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    • That is my biggest worry. No matter the good intentions, it’s still a government bureaucracy whose only job is to enforce limitations on our 2A. I would LOVE to see faster turnarounds on NFA items, though! The math doesn’t sit well with me, though. If the turn-around time is 60 days (number out of thin air) and that’s consistent, then they’re pushing out the same number each month. If it were a backlog, you would think that turn-around time would increase gradually since they can’t keep up. If they can at least keep up, then they are choosing NOT to work on items immediately.

      Comment by antitango — October 4, 2011 @ 7:55 pm


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