June 29, 2013

I DON’T THINK WE SHOULD LET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAVE ANY MORE GUNS UNTIL IT CAN TAKE CARE OF THE ONES IT HAS: U.S. Park Police Lose Track of Guns. Lots and Lots of Guns.

Government officials are awfully concerned about how we mere private citizens manage our firearms. Connecticut recently tightened already stringent rules about gun storage, and politicians are full of ideas about trigger locks, documentation, and who can touch your guns and for how long without committing a felony. But when it comes to keeping track of their own things-that-go-bang, jut how do government officials stack up? Pretty goddamned piss poor, it turns out.

It’s always like that. Plus: “How bad was the mess with the park cops? Among other things, the OIG found records-keeping so bad, it was impossible to figure out how many guns were missing, even as they discovered hundreds of firearms that had no official existence. All of this on a force that has 640 sworn officers.”