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The Extremely Inefficient-And Only-Way to Trace Guns in the U.S. "Guns Found Here;" The Atlantic

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This short documentary Guns Found Here , recently nominated for an Emmy,  reveals the Kafkaesque record-keeping systems employed to manage more than 67 million files on a shoestring budget.“The technology that we use is largely designed to prevent us from being able to create the registration system,” Special Agent Charles J. Houser of the Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, who runs the facility,  explains in the film:“Finding the owner of a gun crime more quickly could save lives, but anything that even remotely looks like a searchable database is against the wishes of the original legislation that created this.” Instead, we have the National Tracing Center, in Martinsburg, West Virginia. There, a antediluvian, nonsearchable index of paperwork related to gun purchases is housed in hundreds of shipping containers and file boxes.'

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Every day, Houser and his team field more than 8,000 trace requests from authorities across the country; annually, the facility traces more than 450,000 guns to their owners to help solve violent crimes. Some of these crimes are mass shootings. In 2007, the center performed a trace on the gun used in the murder of 32 students and faculty at Virginia Tech; in 2011, the agency tracked the gun involved in the shooting of 19 people, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson, Arizona.

The NRA's legislation interference made it impossible for technology to create a registration system!!!!!!

"Finding the owner of a gun crime more quickly could save lives," Freid told me, "but anything that even remotely looks like a searchable database is against the wishes of the original legislation that created this."

"Freid filmed at the National Tracing Center for two days. During that time, there was a mass shooting. The day Freid released Guns Found Here, there was another mass shooting."

"Fixing this one small issue of the analog tracing center would have a ripple effect on sensible gun legislation that could help prevent further mass shootings," the filmmaker said."

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How and Why We Should Change the Constitution." "30,000 people die in the US in firearm-related incidents yearrly. The adoption of rules that will determine what kinds of firearms should be available to private citizens, and when and how they may be used will lessen the number of those incidents & should be a matter of primary concern legislators. Legislatures are in a far better position than judges to assess the wisdom of such rules & to evaluate the costs and benefits that rule changes can be expected to produce. Constitutional provisions that curtail the legislative power to govern in this area unquestionably do more harm than good. Chief Justice Burger, appointed by Nixon, said that the NRA had perpetrated a fraud on the American people by twisting the words of the 2nd Amendment to deregulate military weapons and put then in the hands of civilians." Got that?"


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and don't miss this documentary '1 Million Americans Will Be Shot in the Next Decade' where "Trauma surgeons describe gun violence as a public-health crisis. "I see more gunshot wounds as a trauma surgeon here in the United States per week than I did when I was serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan," says Dr. Mallory Williams, chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care at Howard University Hospital. "There's no question about it." In a new Atlanticshort documentary, American Trauma: How the NRA Sparked a Medical Rebellion, Dr. Williams and other esteemed trauma surgeons explain how the severityand, frequently, fatalityof gunshot-related injuries has galvanized the medical community to take action against gun violence. However, in many ways, their hands are tied: In 1996, Congress passed an amendmentlobbied for by the National Rifle Associationthat prevented the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using federal funds to "advocate or promote gun control." This includes conducting government-sponsored research on the effects of gun violence."

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and BTW, here is a letter that I just wrote to the NYTimes.

Subject: Sue the Promoters of 8Chan

Date: August 7, 2019 at 10:57:38 PM EDT

To: "Letters, NYT"

Letter to the editor

FromSusan Lee Schwartz


Re: Stopping the Promoters of Violence at the Source by Suing them. Sue the Promoters of 8Chan


I recently saw a documentary about how lawsuits brought real financial consequences to the promoters behind the KKK. And there is this: Lawyers Sue White Supremacists Over Charlottesville Violence: https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=594199522


The organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally are being sued for conspiring to commit violence. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with attorney Roberta Kaplan, who says the rally was not about free speech."

The allegation, says Roberta Kaplan: "in this complaint -and it's pretty detailed and comprehensive - is that's not what they did" for months and months leading up to Charlottesville, they engaged in an enormous amount of communication, planning and coordination about things like what weapons to bring with them to Charlottesville, how to make it look like you're acting in self-defense when you're really committing violence. They actually, believe it or not, talked about using protesters as speed bumps, which is obviously tragic and horrific in light of what happened to Heather Heyer."

"We are suing the defendants in this case on behalf of three people who were hit by the car that James Field drove into the crowd of protesters, two of whom had their legs completely smashed, destroyed and have legs that are full of metal pieces as a result of what was done in Charlottesville. This is not some kind of symbolic case. We want compensatory damages and justice for our clients, all of whom are injured by what happened."


I say, that we the people need to sue, when the legislators refuse to defend the rule of law.

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