Ballistic Fingerprinting Is A Bad Idea
By Chuck Baldwin
October 31, 2002
Gun control fanatics such as Charles Schumer and Sarah Brady are
attempting to take advantage of the sniper shootings around
Washington, D.C., by pressing for so-called ballistic
fingerprinting. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
recently claimed, "A National Ballistics Database would have
provided law enforcement with a vital tool in the sniper
investigations, and could have helped to catch the killer before so
many people died. If a nationwide ballistic fingerprinting system
had existed, police would have been able to trace the bullets to a
specific gun." Like most gun control propaganda, however, what
sounds good just isn't so.
Even the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which is the nation's
largest membership organization exclusively for law enforcement
officers, contradicted the Brady claim. Last weekend, the
organization issued a statement saying, "The FOP does not support
any federal requirement to register privately owned firearms with
the federal government. Without federally-mandated registration of
the more than 200 million firearms in the U.S. today, such a
database would be no more effective than the current NIBIN
(National Integrated Ballistic Information Network) maintained by
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF)."
The FOP statement cuts to the heart of the matter. What Sarah
Brady and her gaggle of gun grabbers are really promoting is
federal firearms registration. Why? Because every time a national
government has required its citizens to register their firearms, gun
confiscation has always followed. Always. No exceptions.
Fortunately, it appears that neither political party is prepared to
push for so-called ballistic fingerprinting. For one thing, they know
that it would be ineffective. Unlike a person's fingerprints, a gun
barrel's ballistic markings can be easily altered.
However, the real reason neither party is going to actively pursue
the idea of ballistic fingerprinting is because it is an election year,
and right now gun control is about as popular with voters as Osama
Bin Laden. Only congressmen from ultra-liberal districts, such as
the one Schumer hails from, would have a chance at being
reelected if they were perceived as being too supportive of more
It seems that, for now anyway, the American people have drawn
some sort of line in the sand. While being willing to compromise
other fundamental principles to left-wing forces, they have said,
"No more!" to additional gun control. More than 20,000 existing
gun control laws and the appearance of the Beltway Snipers have
only served to augment people's appreciation for the freedom to
defend one's life, not annihilate it.
While the snipers were still at large, applications for concealed
weapon permits and purchases of handguns skyrocketed some five
hundred percent in Virginia. This was not lost to the politicians.
Whether it is judge by a political perspective, a constitutional
perspective, or a safety perspective, ballistic fingerprinting is a bad
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