KNOWLEDGE: INDUSTRY WHISTLE-BLOWER

Everyone that knows me knows that I’m all about knowledge and information. In this article I wish not to write but, to provide excerpts from a website called “The Trace”. According to their website The Trace is a "independent, nonprofit journalism startup dedicated to shining a light on America’s gun violence crisis." In an article published on December 16, 2015, entitled “Gun Industry Black Market Sales” from Author Olivia Li into what the Author described as:

 

“Twenty Years Ago, a Gun Industry Exec Got Fed Up with How Many Firearms Wind Up in Criminal Hands. So he blasted his fellow insiders for aiding the black market in this forgotten trade magazine op-ed.”

 

There is a link provided below that you can simply click on that will direct you to the 18 page document that should have you questioning the ethics of the NRA, Gun Manufactures and upper level people within the Gun Game (it is literally a GAME). In my last article entitled “ANALYSIS CASE STUDY COGNITION & SIC” I had to personally CHARGE the Gun Game with “Willful Neglect”. Click the link below for the full article.

 

http://www.vodalogic.com/single-post/2017/04/28/ANALYSIS-CASE-STUDY-COGNITION-SIC

 

So with that being said: YES, there are many things that go on behind the closed doors of the Gun Game that we simply don’t know about (and never know about), so without any further due; here we go.

 

"The firearm industry, including the defendants in this action, has long known that the

diversion of firearms from legal channels of commerce to the illegal black market in California and elsewhere, occurs principally at the distributor/dealer level. Many of those firearms pass quickly from licensed dealers to juveniles and criminals through such avenues as straw sales, large-volume sales to gun traffickers and various other channels by corrupt dealers or distributors who go to great lengths to avoid detection by law enforcement authorities."

 

"The firearm industry has long known that gun traffickers often acquire firearms through multiple or large-volume purchases from licensed dealers. Because of the inherently suspicious nature of such sales, a special federal reporting requirement for multiple sales exists at the dealer level. Although the industry knows of the special reporting requirements, and that unscrupulous dealers generally fail to report multiple sales, it has long been industry policy not to question or monitor such sales."

 

"At the planning meeting, Mr. Bridgewater, in very strong terms, urged the manufacturers and distributors to voluntarily adopt programs to "deal" with the issue of gun show dealers and corrupt dealers and distributors. He expressed the view that it is not good enough for the manufacturers and distributors to simply sell guns through anyone who possessed a federal firearms license (FFL) and ignore opportunities to voluntarily work with established "stocking" dealers and industry regulators to stop the illegal trade in firearms."

 

"Despite the warnings of Mr. Bridgewater and others, many manufacturers and distributors consistently refuse to address the problem of the "felons among us." They instead hide behind the fiction that as long as a retail dealer has a valid federal firearms license to sell guns, no attention to the dealer's business practices is required by its suppliers. Many manufacturers and distributors ignore the consequences of continuing to supply firearms to any dealer with a federal license, regardless of whether that dealer may be selling guns into the illegal market."

 

"The firearm industry, including the defendants in this action, has long known that ATF is hampered in its enforcement efforts by inadequate resources and constraints in federal law on its ability to crack down on corrupt dealers. For example, ATF is limited by statute to one unannounced inspection of a dealer per year and must show "willful" violations of law in order to revoke a dealer's license."

 

"The industry asserts that curbing sales of guns to the illegal market is ATF's responsibility, at the same time the industry knows that ATF cannot do this job effectively. Without independent action by all segments of the industry to address the flow of guns from corrupt dealers, distributors and gun shows into the illegal market, ATF will continue to fight a losing battle against illegal gun traffickers."

 

"Firearm manufacturers have long been aware that the number of ATF crime gun traces

associated with a particular dealer can be an important indicator that illegal gun trafficking is occurring."

 

"As far back as 1992, RSR Wholesale Guns was instrumental in assisting ASSC and the Firearms Coalition of Colorado, a politically active firearms rights organization, in defeating a proposed Colorado ban on certain semi-automatic firearms and high capacity magazines. RSR used its established lines of communication with Colorado FFLs to flood key Colorado House and Senate committees with phone calls and faxes opposing the measure. As a result of this success, Michael Saporito of RSR formed a dealers' action network called "Mike's Militia". Mike's Militia was activated on a nationwide basis using RSR's established lines of communication to coordinate the opposition to various federal, state and local legislative initiatives."

 

"However, SAAMI executive Robert Delfay and the NRA were bitterly opposed to the announcement of an industry-wide voluntary effort endorsing the concept of gun owners using gun locks."

 

"Robert Delfay, President of SAAMI and CEO of NSSF, was a major opponent of reform and worked closely with the SAAMI Board, James Jay Baker and the NRA to prevent anything like the safety lock agreement from ever happening again."

 

Catch the full document here:

 

https://www.thetrace.org/2015/12/gun-industry-black-market-sales/

 

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REFERENCES

  • www.thetrace.org/2015/12/gun-industry-black-market-sales

  • www.vodalogic.com/single-post/2017/04/28/ANALYSIS-CASE-STUDY-COGNITION-SIC

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