“Ready, aim, crap-fire!” Thus should be the new training call by drill sergeants in the military, as branches fail to report serious criminal charges to the FBI. Consequences? People like the Sutherland Springs shooter can buy guns despite a prolific criminal history. No biggy, it’s just people’s lives at risk.
Government is doing what it does best: failing with unabashed glory.
The Pentagon has known for nearly 20 years about major reporting lapses to the FBI of criminals within the U.S. military, The Associated Press reports.
The AP discovered a 1997 report that detailed massive fingerprint reporting lapses of military criminals with the U.S. Navy and the Navy failed to report 94 percent of cases. “The lack of reporting to the FBI criminal history files prevents civilian law enforcement agencies from having significant information on military offenders,” the report warned 20 years ago.
Twenty years ago. If we could have musical accompaniment, the dramatic string music would play here. Or the drums. Maybe the score from Psycho.
The problem may be just as widespread today as it was in 1997. The U.S. military has reported only one misdemeanor domestic violence case to the FBI’s background check system widely used by sellers of firearms, a previous Daily Caller News Foundation review revealed. The absolute vast majority of cases reported to the system by the U.S. military have been dishonorable discharges, numbering approximately 11,000 as of Dec. 31, 2016.
Well slap me sideways and call me Bruce. That seems like a statistically significant number, no?
Look, I don’t want to engage in military bashing. So I won’t. The vast majority of our men and women in uniform are the bees knees. Okay? Okay. But for those violent thugs who are in the military, it’s kind of the military’s job to report them to the FBI. In accordance with the law. Am I right? We have laws for a reason, and they do jack squat if they’re not enforced by people who should be enforcing them.
So for any government loyalist out there crowing for MOAR GUN CONTROL or MOAR LAWS, why exactly are you trusting an entity which won’t enforce laws already on the books? And who know of a problem and do sh!t about it?
Ask us again why we don’t place our trust in government.
Co-written by Courtney Kirchoff and Nichole Cooper