If you have an arsenal to protect ...
you can get one of these from your local Costco. It even comes with a free subscription to Sports Afield. Only $3000. I guess if we're going to be a society of the heavily armed, it better that people have these than not have them.
A Cambridge, Mass. police commissioner says the Tsarnaev brothers didn't have permits for their guns. Big surprise. They have gun laws in that state. All legal purchasers go through a background check via local police departments and a state Criminal History Board. Very few automatic weapons are legal and no magazines in excess of 10 rounds. The surviving brother couldn't have got a permit anyway; Massachusetts doesn't issue permits to individuals under 21.
But we live in a country in which aspiring criminals can almost always acquire guns if they want. Maybe they bought them from local criminals or from another state with less laws. Maybe they stole them or someone else did?
The only people charged legally after Columbine were the men who helped the students get their weapons.
Will the Feds be able to find out the source of these guns? From a law enforcement point of view, it certainly seems it would be a good thing to be able to so. Maybe someone should keep a list of the weaponry floating around? Oh no, that wouldn't do.