Oh *that* illegal database

Everything you need to know about this story is summed up in the comment by a reader calling themselves "likeibelievethat"

You know, State Police Superintendent MacLeish is not a very good liar.

"The electronic records never posed a threat, MacLeish said. 'The info was in an electronic file that no one did anything with,' MacLeish said."

And yet...

"An employee in the state police Firearms Transaction Approval Program noticed Vansickle's age and gender, and brought the sale to an immediate halt... MacLeish said the initial call taker 'was concerned this individual never purchased a weapon before.'"

So nobody knew about this file and nobody did anything with it... yet this clerk not only knew about it,. but knew how to access it so swiftly and automatically that he was able to bring a sale to an "immediate halt."

Superintendent, please be on the lookout for your pants, which are on fire.


Liberals don't mind this sort of thing. It falls under the "reasonable" part of those restrictions they're always calling for. Let me be the first to call utter bullshit on a "technical glitch" which resulted in the formation of a database that goes back at least seven years and probably much further. Given that I install databases and their attendant infrastructure for a living I can tell you that if a mere "glitch" could create databases, I would need a new line of work.

Databases are a pain in the ass to create and maintain which is why it takes significant time, effort and yes, money to do so. Even smaller ones become fragile over time. Seven years worth of data on gun ownership for an entire state? Created by a "glitch"? Bull. Fucking. Shit.

Thomas MacLeish is either a liar or woefully ignorant of technologies used by his department. Either one is grounds for immediate dismissal and prosecution.

Don't worry about it. You don't own a gun so what's the harm.

Comments

Mike W. said…
bull fucking shit is right. It gives me such a warm fuzzy feeling to know that the DSP has immediately avaliable records of all of my firearms purchases.

What also really bothers me about this story is that the DSP arbitrarily denied this woman's purchase based on discriminatory and extralegal criteria.

Prohibitive criteria for purchasing a gun are very specific. If not prohibited under such criteria you get your gun immediately and the DSP has NO legal authority to deny or delay the transfer.

Sadly I doubt anyone will be punished or fired for any of this.
This story got some play on some national conservative and libertarian blogs.

I find the DSP's responses absolutely frightening. Duffy is right: databases are powerful and fragile things. All sorts of mischief can occur.

There should be more of an outrage.

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