Microstamping, What’s the Point?
Microstamping is a crime stopping idea that won’t stop crime. For those of you who don’t know what microstamping is in relation to gun control, it’s the process in which a bullet casing is stamped with a unique identifier which is located at the tip of a firing pin. When the pin hits the primer, a small stamp (like the one seen in the photo) is imprinted onto the primer.
Various gun control groups and those who are supported by them argue that this process, which is claimed to only cost $0.50 – $6.00 per firing pin, will help investigators at crime scenes. What they fail to take into account is that even the dumbest of criminals can pick up their own brass or put a device on a firearm to collect the brass as it ejects. The smarter criminals could always change out the firing pin for another should the authorities be closing in on them. But of course, if the criminal is using a stolen gun to begin with, they just bought themselves some extra time as the authorities track down someone else.
If it is truly to catch criminals, then it’s about as well thought out as the whole Fast and Furious debacle. What is the point then of microstamping?