G-G-Ghost??? G-G-Gun???

The term ‘ghost gun’ has been in the news a great deal already this week (almost as much as that singer who claims to be pregnant!).  Turns out the Department of Justice has issued a new ruling pertaining to ghost guns and President Biden announced the new ruling yesterday.  I saw the headlines more than a few times, but passed them over for the time being, intending to return to the story when I had time to ask some questions and seek answers.  So, late Monday night, I asked my first question:  What the hell is a ghost gun, anyway?

And then I sought the answer.  A ghost gun, as I understand it, is a kit … rather a do-it-yourself gun that comes in pieces but can be easily assembled in about a half hour.  The attraction for the gun nuts is that the ghost gun is … or has been heretofore … untraceable.  Anybody, regardless of age or criminal history, can buy these kits, make a gun, and POW!  Now … if you want to own a gun, but you don’t intend to commit a crime with it, then … why does it matter, why do you care if it’s traceable?  It seems to me that the only people who would spend their money for a gun kit, go to the trouble of assembling the gun, just so nobody would know they have the gun, are those people who intend to use said gun in the commission of a crime!  You follow my logic here?  Guns have one purpose and one purpose only:  to kill.

The new Department of Justice rule highlighted by the President on Monday would make it illegal for firms to make such kits without a serial number for the components and for a gun dealer to market the kits without requiring the buyer to undergo a background check. That way, at least when such guns are recovered after a crime there is some hope of tracing the perpetrators.  Personally, I would much prefer that these guns be outlawed altogether, but I am in the minority on my stance on guns, so I would happily seek a reasonable compromise.  I strongly suspect, though, that the new ruling will be found to be unenforceable.  Companies that sell gun kits and people who buy them do not necessarily play by the rules.

President Biden is a bit more optimistic than I, though …

“All of a sudden, it’s no longer a ghost. It has a return address. And it’s going to help save lives, reduce crime and get more criminals off the streets.”

An oversimplification, perhaps.  I mean … thus far, we haven’t been able to get any guns out of the hands of criminals!  Our country is the laughingstock of the world for our lax and unenforced gun ‘laws’, such as they are.  Hell, we haven’t even managed to pass a law banning assault weapons, guns that kill hundreds at a time and were designed specifically and only for use by the military!  Why?  Because far too many members of Congress have been bought and paid for by the gun industry.

Yesterday, I read that Georgia’s Governor Kemp signed into law a bill that enables people to carry a concealed weapon without a license.  That stoked my curiosity about the various states’ gun laws.  Did you know that an estimated 22% of US gun owners acquired their most recent firearm without a background check—which translates to millions of Americans acquiring millions of guns, no questions asked, each year?

Fourteen states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada , New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington) and the District of Columbia generally require universal background checks at the point of sale for all sales of all classes of firearms, whether they are purchased from a licensed dealer or an unlicensed seller.  But how do you enforce that law?  If I owned a gun and wanted to sell it to my neighbor, I could simply hand him the gun and he could hand me the money and the deal is done.  The laws, many of which are being taken OFF the books in many states, aren’t enforceable!  Only honest people, people who truly want a rifle for target practice or a pistol in case of a home invasion, are going to abide by the law.  All others know exactly how to circumvent it!  Ghost guns are only a part of the problem!

In 2021, about 20,000 suspected ghost guns were recovered by law enforcement in criminal investigations and reported to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The figure marked a tenfold increase from 2016.  And those are just the ones that were found!  How many more are out there in the hands of people with criminal backgrounds, people with a better aim than they have sense, and people with a temper?  In my ever-so-humble opinion, the only way to put the problem of ghost guns to bed is to shut down every seller of the kits.  Every. Last. One.  Make them illegal to buy or sell.

The gun laws we have thus far are insufficient to keep our society safe.  Worse yet, many states’ laws are even more lax.  And still worse yet, a large portion of this nation would happily fight for their right to own a gun … even before they would stand firm for their right to be a parent.  And, a topic for another day is 3D-printed guns, yet another form of ghost gun that can be produced with a 3D printer that anybody can purchase for just a few hundred dollars.

The entire gun industry is a scourge on this nation.  A few fat, wealthy blokes are laughing and eating steak tonight, while other, not-so-wealthy people will find themselves dead via a gun by morning.  The people of the United States do not need to worry about being invaded by another nation, for we are hellbent and determined to destroy ourselves from within.

27 thoughts on “G-G-Ghost??? G-G-Gun???

    • Hmmm … I hadn’t heard that, but it is a brilliant idea! The only better idea would be to destroy all the guns in the world and blow up the factories that make them! I have no idea why it never happened, but I’ll see what I can find out about it. xx

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  1. I own guns, and have owned them my whole life. I’ve hunted and gone to shooting ranges. And I can tell you sincerely that the reason the gun-crowd wants “ghost guns” is the same reason they fight everything the government does- they have an unreasonable fear that the government is on the verge of becoming totalitarian and they will have to raise up and defend their way of life.

    Yes, this sounds crazy. But it is literally the movie that plays in their heads. In their minds, serial numbers on guns are just a list for the government to use in siezing guns from the peasants as they enact their dicatorial regime.

    And don’t think that they haven’t spent time building up this imminent event in their heads. Everywhere they look is “proof” that the government is going “socialist” or something. Hell, they believed Covid shots had tracking chips in them. Every politician, every writer, every instance of a non-profit trying to enact basic gun safety laws is “proof” that everyone is out to get their guns.

    I still own guns, and I want to keep my guns. But if that means I need a “gun licence” or “gun insurance”, okay. That makes sense. That is reasonable. But then again, I’m a rational person. In this gun crowd, you are not dealing with rational people. You are dealing with gullible people.

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    • It seems that these days people are willing to fall for just about any lunatic story, such as Jewish space lasers being the source of the California wildfires a few years ago. Combine that level of lunacy with guns that can mow down a crowd in a matter of a few minutes, and it’s asking for trouble. I’m quite glad to be nearing the end of my life rather than near the beginning … this nation is on a path of self-destruction and I hope not to be around to see it.

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    • There’s a likelihood that the Government will become totalitarian if the Republicans get in. Republican States are already heading that way with voter restrictions and reducing women’s rights. Republicans are of course funded by the NRA so gun restrictions won’t apply., neither will gun sense which rational people agree with from both parties.

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      • I am convinced that if a Republican President is elected in 2024 and the Republicans control the Senate, this nation will no longer even remotely qualify as a ‘democracy’. I’m not certain it does now, given the items you mentioned: voter disenfranchisement and women’s rights, among others. Some years ago I heard it suggested that it be made mandatory for every household to own a gun. Fortunately, that went nowhere, but I can see it being tried again under certain radical leaders. If it ever does, I will be in open defiance of that law, for no gun is allowed in my home … not now, not EVER. This nation is not the one I grew up in, not one I recognize any longer. Sigh.
        Cwtch

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  2. Questionable humour time: Well if I lived in the USA I would buy one, gotta protect yourself from those MAGA, Qanon, Proud Boys and others.
    That would give them a shock wouldn’t it?’
    ‘Why did you gun down those five men?’
    ‘Well they came to my house, threatening me for have a Democrat poster in my window, wearing a covid mask, and two of them produced guns. Now I know who pressured your police department is. We made the call to you But I judged right there and then I had to defend myself and my family. And I did warn them,’ said the white guy, with a steady income, no previous criminal record and goes to church…..

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  3. Two things. These guns do come with an identification system of sorts. Their barrels will leave distinct striations on the bullets. It does not help prevention, but it can help police to trace a gun back to a crime as long as they keep a database on any usuable bullets found in or near where guns were fired, including those found in people’s bodies, dead or alive.
    Number two, I hope Biden’s law writers made it specific that each gun kit have an individial and umrepeated serial number. If the law just requires a serial number, what is to stop a kit manufacturer from putting the same serial number on every kit? True, one number would not meet the definition of “serial,” but when has that ever stopped anyone from working “to the ketter of the law.”
    Guns gotta go, but first you need elect people willing to outlaw the weapons of crime.

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    • You’re quite right, of course. The gun manufacturers, whether ‘ghost’ guns or ready-made guns, are single-minded: PROFIT. If that means they must lie and cheat, then that is just what they will do. A life means nothing to them and they will find ways to work around else break any and all laws that are put into effect. As re electing people willing to outlaw guns … sigh … not likely to happen. I’ve lost faith that ANY of our elected officials care more about our lives than their investment portfolios.

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  4. Thx 4 sharing a very comprehensive post on guns, i had no idea ghost guns were even a thing. Problem is, laws are meaningless if not enforced, Republican senators are pro 2nd Amendment, slated to take back both houses in upcoming midterm elections.
    That doesn’t bode well for gun control, i guess the wild wild west is here to stay. Duck n’ cover!

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  5. iN MY MIND THE ONLY GUN LICENCE THAT SHOULD BE ISSUED IS TO THE FIRM LICENCED TO MELT THEM ALL DOWN.. THE ONLY ONES TO HOLD THEM SHOULD BE MEMBERS OF SHOOTING RANGES AND THEY SHOULD BE STORED THERE. .FOR HOME INVASION YOU’RE PROBABLY SAFER NOT TO HAVE A WEAPON TO START A SHOOT OUT WHERE ONE OF THE FAMILY MAY BE HURT.

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    • I agree with you 100%. I would love to see a full ban on all firearms. Even if they put such a ban into effect tomorrow, it would be decades before people got rid of their guns or the guns were confiscated, and meanwhile, such an action would turn this entire nation into a battleground with blood running down every street in the nation. The worst two mistakes the framers of the Constitution made were the 2nd Amendment and the Electoral College. Sigh.
      Cwtch

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