I must confess that in the past I've had my reservations about Wal-Mart, but in the last couple of years it has proven itself to be relatively convenient -- especially at four AM.
For those Gentle Readers who may need a bit of backfill, Michael R. Bloomberg is the extremely anti-gun mayor of New York City best known for violating multiple Federal laws and compromising law enforcement investigations in his zeal to -- and this is a quote from Hizzoner:
“Now we have a duty as well, one that rises above all partisan politics, and one we will pursue relentlessly: And that is to rid our streets of guns, and punish all those who possess and traffic in these instruments of death."
Real big on "punishing all those who possess ... these instruments of death" isn't he? Notice that he doesn't bother to distinguish between lawful possession and unlawful possession -- because, to him, any possession of guns should be unlawful.
So, here's Wally-World, eagerly signing the dotted line on Bloomberg's "Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership" -- which mandates ten things Bloomberg wants every gun dealer to religiously follow.
Most of these are vexing and irritating burdens upon lawful gun buyers, but since Wal-Mart is a private business, Wal-Mart has the right to do as it wishes with it's business -- and if it wants to videotape the face of everyone who buys a gun ... that is their right.
However, in true Bloomberg fashion, one of the ten points he wants everyone to worship violates Federal Law.
The violation of Federal Law is enumerated in point #2 -- the part of Bloomberg's Code of Conduct in which he develops a "computerized system to log crime gun traces". If someone buys a gun which turns up at a crime scene, then the next time that person attempts to buy a gun, the "computerized system" will recognize the buyer and
The only computerized source for "crime gun" serial numbers or "trace data" on crime guns is restricted -- BY FEDERAL LAW -- to on-going criminal investigations by law enforcement.
Unless Wal-Mart became an accredited Law Enforcement Agency when I wasn't looking -- the first time they access the ATF's trace data system ... they're going to be in violation of Federal Law.
That's Bloomberg for you. Why the man isn't being treated to an extended stay at Club Fed for his past flagrant flouting of Federal Law is beyond me, but he's obviously staying his course.
I'll never buy another thing at Wal-Mart. They have the right -- as a private company -- to get as silly-arsed as they see fit.
I, also, have the right -- as a private citizen -- to spend my money where I bloody well see fit -- and I will be damned if one single, solitary penny of mine will ever cross a threshold at a Wal-Mart ever again.
I have sent hand-written letters to Wal-Mart HQ expressing my dismay and contempt for this policy; and Monday I shall do so in person to the local store manager.
Bugger 'em all.