Skip to comments.Another Bloomberg-MAIG Lie About Gun Shows
Posted on 04/27/2010 4:29:54 PM PDT by neverdem
|Another Bloomberg-MAIG Lie About Gun Shows|
|Friday, April 23, 2010|
This week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control advocacy group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), began running television ads urging Congress to "close the gun show loophole." Page 34 of MAIG's Blueprint for Federal Action on guns says that the group supports H.R. 2324 and S. 843bills that would require NICS checks on private sales of firearms at gun shows, and which also contain provisions designed to drive gun shows out of business.
MAIG's ads claim "The Columbine school massacre ... killers got their guns because of a gap in the law, called the 'gun show loophole.'" And in a related press release, MAIG claims "All four guns used in the Columbine shootings were bought from private sellers at gun shows."
The claims are lies, of course. For starters, one of the Columbine criminals' four firearms was not acquired at a gun show. More to the point, however, the other three firearms, while bought at a gun show, were bought for the criminals by a straw purchasera woman who was not prohibited from possessing or acquiring firearms, and who therefore would have passed a NICS check, if she had bought the firearms from a licensed dealer.
Furthermore, Bloomberg and MAIG are not telling the whole story about H.R. 2324 and S. 843. Both bills define "vendor" to include any gun show customer who brings a firearm to a showeven for the purpose of selling it to a dealeror who doesn't bring a firearm, but who mentions to someone at a show that he might be interested in selling a firearm.
And, H.R. 2324 would impose a "vendor" requirement with which no one could comply. The bill would require show operators to notify the Attorney General, in writing, no later than 30 days in advance of the show, of the name of every "vendor." Of course, there is no way that a show promoter can know 30 days (or 30 seconds) in advance who is going to attend a show, or who might bring a firearm to sell, or who might have a conversation with someone about selling a firearm.
Both bills also seek to register gun owners. Because of how the bills define "vendor," a gun show promoter would be forced to have everyone who attends a show sign the ledger. And the bills require that the "vendor" ledgers be available to BATFE inspectors. Many Americans would refuse to sign a ledger just to walk around a show, which would reduce show attendance.
Both bills also would require registration of gun shows. S. 843 would additionally allow the Attorney General to charge an unspecified fee for registering a gun show. The power to set prohibitively expensive fees is the power to destroy, of course.
Both bills would also authorize the BATFE to conduct warrantless inspections of the required "vendor" (customer) ledger and all records of licensed firearm dealers while dealers are at shows to conduct businessa provision clearly designed to discourage dealers from participating in shows.
We've said it many times, but it bears repeating. Gun shows account for a very small percentage of criminals' guns. The largest study of the subject ever conducted by the federal government found that only 0.7 percent of prison inmates who had used guns, had obtained their guns from gun shows. Furthermore, firearm sales have increased over the last several years, the nation's murder rate fell to a 43-year low in 2008, and fell another 10 percent in the first half of 2009, according to the FBI.
And no one should be fooled into thinking that gun control supporters want NICS checks on private firearm sales only at gun shows. In December 2008, the Brady Campaign stated "We agree with the Obama transition agenda that the gun show loophole should be closed, and with Attorney General nominee Eric Holder that background checks should be required for all gun sales. Our national gun policy should be "no background check, no gun, no excuses." (Emphasis in the original.) Their goal is to run all sales through NICS and thereafter change the law so that the FBI would be permitted to retain records of all firearms sales indefinitely. A step in that direction has been introduced in Congress by S. 843 author Sen. Frank Lautenberg. His S. 2820 would allow the FBI to keep records of approved NICS transfers for 180 days.
Bloomberg's thinking about furthering his own ambitions in 2012, IMHO. He needs to keep the Bloombots happy.
As New York state goes further into the financial hole, so too will NY City, and the blame will go onto Bloomberg.
He’s an idiot with too much money for his own good, for the good of NY, and for the nation.
And he is a liar to boot. That should qualify him for the RINO/Demonrat ballot.
I am an owner of a number of guns and consider myself a staunch supporter of the 2nd amendment. I also like the idea of as many law abiding citizens carrying guns as possible. Here in Texas, we can carry our pistols in the car without a permit. I love that.
With that said, I have no problem whatsoever with requiring background checks on guns. You can say it is a slippery slope all you want, but I have already had to do a background check for every gun I have ever bought so what is the difference?
The only difference is that this lack of regulation is what gets more guns into criminals hands and hurts the cause of people like me who want to see more law abiding citizens carry guns.
That is what I believe, and I am no liberal. I think some people just have a gut reaction against any gun law, though I think the paranoia is warranted considering some of these disgraceful rulings by liberal judges in cases like Heller vs D.C. I welcome an NRA and gun advocacy groups that are on guard and watch these proposed laws very carefully.
The Second Amendment would disagree with you, background checks are most definitely an infringement.
Taking your position to a logical application, I suppose you have no problem with running a background check on your child or spouse before giving them a gun as a gift?
Or with your next door neighbor running a background check on you before selling you a shotgun in a private transaction?