Urbin Report

Thursday, January 13, 2005

The failure of so called "ballistic fingerprinting"

Say Uncle points out that the ballistic fingerprinting pipe dream doesn’t work. A fact know by everyone with clue one about firearms.

A report by the Maryland State Police that recommends repeal of a law requiring collection of ballistic imaging information “shatters one of the favorite myths of gun control extremists,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today.

In its progress report on the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS), the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division recommends that “this program be suspended, a repeal of the collection of cartridge cases from current law be enacted and the Laboratory Technicians associated with the program be transferred to the DNA database unit.” So far, Maryland has spent $2.5 million over the past four years, with nothing to show for it. The report admitted, “Guns found to be used in the commission of crime…are not the ones being entered into” the system.

HT to Mr Reynolds for the link.

I ranted on this subject over two years ago:
Its still amazing how proud liberals are about their ignorance. For example, I had one liberal twit start spouting nonsense about "ballistic fingerprinting" and "High Powered Assault Rifles". Here is Clue One, firearm ballistics are not like fingerprints.
Fingerprints don’t change, firearm ballistic markings do.
They change just from normal use. They are also frightfully easy to change. The idiot came up with what he thought was the brilliant argument of "Well, I could go to a plastic surgeon and have my fingerprint changed. Does that mean we shouldn’t collect fingerprints?" It is hard to believe this idiot has enough brainpower to change his socks without help. He can’t figure out the difference between getting a trained and licensed surgeon to perform an illegal operation and a process that anybody with more than two neurons to rub together can do in 10 minutes with less than $10 worth of equipment from a hardware store.
Clue Two, by defination, an assault rifle does not fire "high power" rounds.

What was even scarier was this idiot’s absolute persistence in ignoring any kind of factual data. When presented with an actual fact, like you can change the ballistics markings of a firearm in under 10 minutes, he goes back to quoting the same stupid incorrect mantras that branded him an clueless idiot when he first opened his mouth.