New Yorkers Against Gun Violence are all in favor of microstamping because this time their horrendously expensive and completely useless gun tracking database will work. Really it will. Having finally been hit in their collective melon with the big clue-stick ($45+ million and nearly a quarter million man hours for precisely 2 hits, neither of which was useful) they are admitting that CoBIS (New York’s Combined Ballistics Identification System) was a colossal waste of resources not quite as effective as they had hoped. But they’re not going to let a little thing like their big idea being an ineffective, massive drain on scarce taxpayer dollars get in the way . . .
NYAGV issued a recent press release:
Microstamping is a simple inexpensive tool to help police identify a gun’s first purchaser. The sooner law enforcement finds the first valuable evidence at a crime scene, the better the chances of solving the crime. Microstamping is an important tool, not a panacea, but since 40 percent of homicides remain unsolved nationally, it is a tool that law enforcement needs to increase success.
First of all, microstamping is neither simple nor inexpensive. Even though California passed a microstamping bill several years ago it hasn’t been implemented because no one has yet come up with a feasible working technology. In addition, it will still require the same type of database that was a miserable failure with CoBIS used. And then there’s this question: exactly what good does finding the first purchaser of a gun do? Do I even need to raise the issue of gang-bangers “salting” a crime scene with brass scavenged from a public shooting range? I didn’t think so.
But they’re right when they call microstamping a tool. It’s just not a tool for crime fighting. Instead, it’s a tool for the antis to make manufacturing, buying and owning a gun ever more expensive, ever more inconvenient, ever less realistic. If NYAGV wants to give law enforcement more crime-solving “tools” perhaps they should look at the resources CoBIS wound up wasting and then not saddle cops with more blue-sky technologies to siphon off money and manpower that could more profitably be used elsewhere.