Normally we steer clear of politics here, or try to, but we thought the following infographic was informative and fair. (We’d have been harder on both candidates, in the color coding, but we certainly don’t have the ambition to trace their pronouncements and actions on gun laws back to the 1980s like these guys did). We found it on Ammo.net. (Yeah, we’re buying more ammo. So sue us. They have a nice deal on M196 tracer for those of us dinosaurs who still put two in the bottom of our 20-round M16 mags — search the site, because the deal is better if you need a whole ammo can of the stuff).
For what it’s worth, we don’t see “botched” as the right word for the ATF’s gunwalking. They did exactly what they set out to do, upgun the Sinaloa Cartel. There are a bunch of reasons that was the wrong thing to do, many of which are so gobsmackingly obvious that nobody but the ATF ever thought about doing it. But it doesn’t seem like the gunwalking to violent criminals was an unintended consequence; the public learning about it was the unintended consequence, from the ATF, DOJ and probably White House point of view.We’d have coded that red, not yellow.
We’d also have coded the M1 import ban red, but do note the one factual error or oversight we saw in the graphic: the Administration ultimately backed off the ban with respect to the M1 Garand rifles, but it still considers the long obsolete M1 Carbine, a collector weapon that in average condition changes hands for more than a new AR-15, a “crime weapon” and bans its reimportation. That will probably take Congressional action to fix, as the bansters are well embedded in the career as well as the political-appointee ranks of ATF and State Department. (If the State Department ever accomplished anything positive for the USA, we’d sure like to be clued in).