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Gun Lobby Keeps ATF Under-Resourced, Beleaguered As Industry Grows

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Following the mass shooting in a Connecticut elementary school, attention has shifted to the ATF, the federal agency responsible for regulating the gun industry.

A Washington Post investigation found that ATF is inadequately resourced and so beleaguered that it hasn’t had a director in years.

Sources said the gun industry, particularly the NRA, has blocked resources from the ATF, preventing the agency from accessing computerized records of gun sales, for instance.

Despite the growth of the industry, ATF has fewer officers now than it did nearly 40 years ago, the Post found.

Shouldn’t We Do More to Avoid Mass Deaths By Crazed Gunmen?

By Allan Lengel
For Deadline Detroit

During my visits to Israel, the idea of security was never far off. At the train station, at the bus stop, I went through a metal detector. An armed guard checked through packages and asked if I was carrying a gun.

After Sept. 11, 2001, I thought the U.S. would have second thoughts about security in public places, particularly with the threat of terrorism looming here.

I figured maybe places like malls or movie theaters might consider screening customers.

But no. That hasn’t happened. Americans have a way of conveniently forgetting or deferring such concerns until the next tragedy.

All around the country, we’re seeing all too often crazed gunmen — homegrown terrorists if you will — open fire on innocent citizens. Each incident is a reminder that we probably aren’t doing enough.

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