Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hang them from the highest tree...

or, Hell yeah, rent-seeking should be a capital offense, especially when the rent-seekers are trying to undermine Constitutional rights to fatten their wallets...

An organization known as Ammunition Accountability is pushing to make coding technology mandatory across the nation. Its website claims it is a group of "gun crime victims, industry representatives, law enforcement, public officials, public policy experts, and more" who are "saving lives one bullet at a time."
If states pass the legislation, manufacturers will be required to laser etch a serial number into the back of each bullet and the inside of cartridge casings, a patented process developed by Seattle, Wash., resident Russ Ford and his business partners, Steve Mace and John Knickerbocker.
According to Seattle Weekly, the men couldn't find an ammunition manufacturer to agree to stamp bullets, so they hired a lobbyist to push for state legislation to require the laser coding. They launched the Ammunition Accountability website and successfully introduced bills in the following 18 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington.

(WARNING: More foul language follows)
Do you fucking believe that shit? They couldn't find anyone who wanted their technology, likely because it would have in all probability financially destroyed the businesses they were targeting, so they hired a damn lobbyist to get state governments to strong-arm said businesses into adopting their product. And if you go on to their web site you will not see WORD ONE about the cost-effectiveness of this program beyond equipment and licensing fees. Nary a word about how the criminals could get around it, nary a word about how innocent people could have their lives fucked up beyond all repair, nary a word about how the flaws in this could and would clog the system and lock it up tighter than Dick's hat band. And, of course, nary a word about the fact that this would be yet another avenue for further weakening of both the Second and Fourth Amendments. Yeah, I really don't think there's any punishment too strong for these shitstains. Hang them. Hang them all from the highest tree on national fucking TV right along with Rod Blagojevich and his ilk. And let their bodies twist in the wind, as a warning to all the rest who would ever contemplate taking a shit on our rights for money.
(More from Peter, who's arguably calmer than about this than I am...)