Bias in bulk

Via Glenn's link to Snowflakes in Hell, I learned about a new gun control proposal they're trying to sneak through. By "they" I don't mean only the Obama administration, or Mayor Bloomberg, or the BATF. I also include the Washington Post, because of the sneaky way the proposal is described:

To stem the flow of guns to Mexico, federal firearms regulators are proposing an emergency requirement that certain gun dealers along the southwestern border report bulk sales of so-called assault weapons beginning as soon as January.

When most people read the term "bulk sales," they are thinking in terms of truckloads, maybe even railroad carloads. I might have thought so too, except I'm so persnickety about weasel wording that I thought to check.

Here's the relevant language in the proposal (pdf):

The purpose of the information is to require Federal Firearms Licensees to report multiple sales or other dispositions whenever the licensee sells or otherwise disposes of two or more rifles within any five consecutive business days with the following characteristics: (a) semi automatic; (b) a caliber greater than .22; and (c) the ability to accept a detachable magazine.

Aside from the fact that the above do not constitute "assault weapons," since when is a dealer selling two guns in five days a bulk sale?

I would expect most dealers to sell more than that if they wanted to pay their rent. Moreover, the proposal does not say that the guns have to be sold to the same purchasor. Obviously, the intent is to require gun dealers to be constantly filing as many reports as possible. And obviously the Washington Post is in favor of that, which is why they're trying to soften up the general public by calling the sale of two guns in five days a "bulk sale."

It is anything but a bulk sale according to the business definition:

    Bulk sale

    Large volume of goods sold in a single transaction.

That is not what the BATF is seeking to regulate, and it is deceptive to suggest that it is.

This is clearly a proposal to harass gun dealers by forcing them to generate constant paperwork -- apparently for no other reason than the fact that they are located near the Mexican border. (Where these days law abiding citizens are more in need of guns for personal protection than in most other parts of the country.)

So what's up with the Post? Do they really think that selling two items is a bulk sale? Or are they just hoping they can call it that and the readers won't notice?

posted by Eric on 12.22.10 at 12:51 PM










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I didn't stop calling them The NYTimesWashPostCNNABCCBSNBCetc. and start calling them Minitru a couple years for nothing.

They're no longer in the information providing business.
They're there for affirmation for their ideological brethren and disinformation and misinformation for the sheeple who need to be told the right things in the right way so they'll do the right things and not go against the superb sensibilities of the enlightened at Minitru.

They're despicable as they abuse their rights and shit on their responsibilities.

Veeshir   ·  December 22, 2010 2:21 PM

To stem the flow of guns to Mexico, federal firearms regulators are proposing an emergency requirement that certain gun dealers along the southwestern border report bulk sales of so-called assault weapons beginning as soon as January.


Or we could build a fence. Of course that would have the unfortunate (from the ruling class perspective) result of interfering with the flow of illegal immigrants into the US.

flenser   ·  December 22, 2010 7:24 PM

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