A Movie I Might Actually Like To See

I’m not big on movies. For one thing, I don’t want to subsidize the anti-gun liberals in Hollywood. For another, I get bored just sitting there. The Complementary Spouse and I like to joke that we have Movie ADD. I don’t think we’ve been in a movie theater since about the year 2000.

However, I came across this trailer for an Australian documentary entitled “Dazzle: The Hidden Story of Camouflage.” I think I’d live to view it. Camo in its many forms and permutations intrigues me. Indeed, I spent part of this morning checking out urban camo patterns for an AR-15 that I’m thinking of painting. I’m seriously thinking of trying to go with one of these Dazzle type patterns that are akin to Swedish M90 camo.

DAZZLE: The Hidden Story of Camouflage from Off the Fence Financing on Vimeo.

A Good Reason Not To Have A Firearms Registry

Any database or registry can be abused. It doesn’t matter if it a database of new born babies or a registry of guns. Unethical and unscrupulous people can and will abuse it especially if it isn’t protected.

The police in New South Wales, Australia maintain a registry of all firearms owned by those with firearms licenses or permits. They also require safe storage of firearms. The firearms registry keeps a record of all firearms registered in NSW, the details about the firearm, the owner, and where the firearm is stored in accordance with the safe storage requirements. This information is kept by the police on their computers and accessible through an intranet.

Imagine what could happen if someone got unauthorized access to this registry. Unfortunately, according to a police whistleblower this isn’t a hypothetical situation. Sgt. David Good of the NSW Police says that the records and locations on over 700,000 firearms was kept on an unsecured server until the end of 2010.

Sgt Good said that he had become concerned for the safety of gun owners when the single-file database, containing gun owner addresses, was moved from a high-security storage system to an unsecure intranet accessed by 16,000 police and civilian staff for at least 18 months to December 2010.

“The information contained within that single database included a schedule of firearms owned, and the storage address for the state’s licenced firearms owners, in the order of 700,000 firearms,” he said in correspondence with senior police that was made available to Sporting Shooter.

“(The database) would be considered an extremely valuable resource to the criminal element, who would no doubt offer lucrative inducements for the corrupt release of same.”

Sgt Good would not speculate on any direct link between gun theft and the unlawful release of gun owner details, however, anecdotal evidence shows that thefts had occurred shortly after police had carried out an audit at a gun storage location.

This has led to speculation that gun owner details are already in criminal hands, and the recent case of a police impersonator demanding to inspect a gun owner’s firearms safe prompted Sgt Good to speak out.

“I have been attempting to have this situation corrected since December 2010,” he said and added that he had been dissatisfied with the level of accountability or even acknowledgement of the situation by NSW Police.

“I want to see that the NSW Police Force is brought to account for creating a very significant risk to licenced firearms owners and the wider community, and this risk would have been avoided through sensible security and practices in regard to the very sensitive nature of the information at risk.”

Sgt. Good goes on to add that the system does not create any audit trail of who accessed it and it doesn’t prevent copying of the database on to mobile devices such as a thumbnail drive. I’m no computer security expert but that seems extremely lax to me.

The media and the gun prohibitionists cry foul when personal data on firearm ownership and concealed carry permits is made non-public. We have already seen the consequences of newspapers publishing lists and maps to pistol owners in New York State. Imagine if those papers had published a list of just what gun was owned by whom, where they stored it, etc. If criminals can take orders for certain models of cars to steal as in the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds”, they can just as easily take orders to steal a Colt 1911 in .38 Super.

It’s Never Enough For Them

Gun control advocates are continually calling for “commonsense” gun laws. However, even if one is in full compliance with the laws they have pushed, it is never enough.

A case in point comes from the island of Tasmania in Australia.

A homeowner in Blackmans Bay had three rifles and a shotgun stolen from his home in a daytime robbery. Police Inspector Peter Cerritelli said that the owner had properly secured all of the firearms in a locked safe and that he was licensed in accordance with the law. However, these precautions as well as the lawful ownership were not enough for the National Coalition for Gun Control.

However, National Coalition for Gun Control co-chairman Roland Browne said yesterday that the one-size-fits-all approach to storage was insufficient.

“There’s always a problem with the storage of large numbers of guns in residential houses,” Mr Browne said.

“They become targets for thieves.

“The Government and police are going to have some work to do to mark out some better standards for firearms storage given that compliance with the law isn’t sufficient, in every case, to stop theft.

“It’s not easy, presumably, to go into a house and walk out with a series of firearms.

“It must have been planned and carefully executed.”

Reading Mr. Browne’s statement I get the feeling that he won’t be satisfied until all private firearms are either stored in a government-run armory or, more likely, banned outright.

Like I said earlier, it is never enough for them. A more accurate name for his group would be the National Coalition for Gun Prohibition.

 H/T Josh