So watching the Daily Show last night, Stewart brought up something called the Tiahrt Amendment to the Patriot Act (which i was unfamiliar with), which was written by Todd Tiahrt and the NRA that basically hinders the ATF of ability to actually police. Its amazing to me that the group that keeps saying we dont need more laws just to enforce the ones we have is also behind the reason for those laws not being properly enforced. I guess its not ridiculous to think that the NRA doesnt want any laws so saying enforce the ones we have that are conveniently not being enforced due to legislation they wrote isnt a stretch on their agenda but it still doesnt make it right. I think they didnt do themselves any favors as part of the ATFs failure is the reason were introducing more legislation, when enforcing the laws we have the last 8-10 years may have greatly taken away any thought of more legislation.
this is a big one which i think we all agreed would be the most simple way of helping the actual sale of illegal firearms. Stewart brought up a stat that 57% of illegal firearm sales can be traced to roughly 1% of firearm dealers. Yet, with this amendment, theres little local police can do to actually find and shut down that 1%. Mayors against illegal Guns was formed to fight the Tiahrt Amendment for this reason.
The amendments restrict cities, states and even the police from fully accessing and using Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) gun trace data, which can show where illegal guns are coming from, who buys them and how they get trafficked across state lines and into our communities.
I know Obama got a lot of flack for this, although I think the ATF and other agencies do things like this regardless who is at the head, but seems its also stopping our own investigation of the matter. relying on Mexico for information in an investigation doesnt seem like its ever a good thing.
The Tiahrt restrictions are blocking Congressional oversight of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives & Firearms (ATF) and its controversial “Operation Fast & Furious.” According to allegations, ATF allowed guns to be illegally trafficked to Mexico, possibly putting law enforcement officers in danger. ATF is prevented by Tiahrt from releasing trace data connected to Fast & Furious, forcing Congress to request the data from the Mexican Government.
why stop them from doing inventory checks and deleting background check before more than a few or not even a few have seen them? Another comment made by Stewart citing another source was that although the ATF can check in on shops once every 12 months, due to circumstances and the smaller size of the ATF (2500 officers) its more like once every 17 years. Thats insane to me, that you can do business for 17 years roughly, illegally even, before getting even checked on, let alone if they actually find anything wrong.
The Tiahrt provisions require the Federal Bureau of Investigation to destroy certain background check records within 24 hours, making it nearly impossible to use those records to help solve crimes or to identify gun buyers with criminal histories who were mistakenly approved. Learn More
The Tiahrt Amendments also block ATF from requiring gun dealers to conduct inventory checks to detect loss and theft, which law enforcement says is a dangerous back channel source for criminals who are in the market for illegal guns
The whole thing is kind of laughable to me. The fact that it got thrown into the Patriot Act which was suppose to strengthen our intelligence is even more odd.