By Ted Novin | NSSF: Aiming for Accuracy
Former Governor Eliot Spitzer (D -NY) must have an awfully short memory.
After being sued by the firearms industry almost
10 years ago for conspiring to cause economic harm by imposing arbitrary
regulations on the design, manufacture, distribution and sale of firearms, Mr.
Spitzer is now advocating an illegal boycott of companies that don't kowtow to
his anti-gun agenda.
In March of 2000, New York Attorney General Spitzer and other government
officials announced formation of a coalition to coerce firearms manufacturers to
abide by an arbitrary and politically motivated list of firearms regulations
entitled the "Code of Conduct" as a condition to supplying firearms to members
of the coalition. Spitzer said, "We want every appropriate government entity to
agree to purchase firearms only from companies that have signed a comprehensive
code of conduct." Spitzer said the objective of the coalition was to
"...boycott gun manufacturers who fail to adhere to a new safety code."
Now, flash forward to yesterday's column on Slate.com:
"The government that President Obama oversees is also a gigantic, well-funded
procurement agent. And it can-and should-use that power to change American gun
policies. Specifically, the government buys lots of guns, for sheriffs, patrol
officers, and detectives; for FBI agents, DEA agents, IRS agents, Postal
Inspectors, immigration agents, and park rangers; and for soldiers, sailors,
airmen, Marines, and spies. The government buys guns by the crate."
Mr. Spitzer goes on to argue that government agencies (federal, state and
local) should only purchase firearms from manufacturers who adhere to a "code of
conduct." Spitzer specifically notes that the government should not purchase
firearms from manufacturers who sell to retailers with multiple firearm traces
(despite the fact that ATF has repeatedly stated that a trace is in no way an
indicator of criminal wrongdoing by either the retailer or first purchaser of
the firearm) or to manufacturers who sell certain types of firearms to citizens.
It will be interesting to see how law enforcement officers and military
personnel react to the suggestion that the firearms they carry (to protect
themselves and others) be selected for political reasons rather than the best
gun suited for their needs.