Ageism, Sexism, or Worse?
Her choice was conservative. Her choice was appropriate. A 22 caliber Taurus revolver.
She had never committed a felony. She had never committed a misdemeanor. Hell, she had never received a traffic ticket. When the call was placed to the Delaware state police for approval of the firearms transaction, the sale was halted. State Police Superintendent Thomas MacLeish has stated that the sale was halted due to the customer's age and gender.
That is bad enough, but there is more........... Sgt. Benjamin Nefosky, who heads the firearms approval unit stated he searched seven years of firearms transaction records to see if Vansickle had ever bought a gun before. She had not.
The official position in Delaware is that all paper records of firearms transactions are shredded after 60 days. Obviously, the electronic records are not.
Ms. Vansickle's application was eventually approved. Ten days after she made it, and only after an interview of herself and the seller. A normal delay is three days.
Superintendent MacLeish said the initial call taker "was concerned this individual never purchased a weapon before. Age and gender caused her to take caution. I believe there was caution taken on behalf of the call taker. It was done without malice."
So, a lawful citizen's constitutional rights were violated, but since it was done through suspicion without malice, it's all hunky dory? I just wanted to make sure I understood that correctly.
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