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The Top 5 Myths Anti-gunners Present as Fact (VIDEO)
Guns.Com ^ | Mar. 14, 2013 | S.H. Blannelberry

Posted on 03/14/2013 1:37:12 PM PDT by EXCH54FE

Everyone in politics bends the truth. But some do it more than others. Here is a list of five memes gun-control advocates continue to propagate despite their dubious validity.

1. 40 Percent of Guns are Sold without Background Checks

From New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to President Obama to Vice President Biden, they’ve all mentioned the “40 percent” figure with respect to the number of gun transactions that are conducted without a background check.

“The law already requires licensed gun dealers to run background checks, and over the last 14 years that’s kept 1.5 million of the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun, said President Obama during a speech on Jan. 16, 2013.

“But it’s hard to enforce that law when as many as 40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check.”

In a previous Guns.com article, I investigated this issue in-depth. What was the conclusion? Well, if one accepts the findings of economist John Lott Jr., then as he said in his write up on the issue, “We don’t know the precise number today, but it is hard to believe that it is above single digits.”

However, if one believes that Lott is unfairly biased, that he leans too far to the pro-gun side, then one can consider the Washington Post’s analysis of that 40 percent figure:

In other words, rather than being 30 to 40 percent (the original estimate of the range) or “up to 40 percent” (Obama’s words), gun purchases without background checks amounted to 14 to 22 percent. And since the survey sample is so small, that means the results have a survey caveat: plus or minus six percentage points.

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KEYWORDS: banglist; communism; communists; coup; guncontrol; progressiveagenda; secondamendment
Gun ownership is on the decline in America

Almost every pro-gun control advocate contends that gun ownership in the U.S. is on the decline. And they all point to the same research to substantiate that claim, the bi-annual General Social Survey (GSS) conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

However, the matter is far from settled.

1 posted on 03/14/2013 1:37:12 PM PDT by EXCH54FE
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To: EXCH54FE

The political climate has changed so much that more people are reluctant to respond to a survey that they are in possession of a gun.

It would be interesting to see if an anonymous survey conducted of people passing by in a mall would lead to significantly different results.


2 posted on 03/14/2013 1:43:13 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: EXCH54FE

My goal is to purchase 100% of my guns in the future face to face with zero background checks.


3 posted on 03/14/2013 1:53:30 PM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: EXCH54FE
The 40% number has been Fact Checked by the Washington Post twice. The most recent came up with two Pinocchios, i.e. it is not true.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/the-stale-claim-that-40-percent-of-gun-sales-lack-background-checks/2013/01/20/e42ec050-629a-11e2-b05a-605528f6b712_blog.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/update-obama-claim-on-background-checks-moved-from-verdict-pending-to-2-pinocchios/2013/01/25/59caeca6-672f-11e2-85f5-a8a9228e55e7_blog.html

My personal favorite source to disprove that there is a “gun show loophole” is Tables 8 & 9 of the following Dept. of Justice survey of where criminals get their firearms. (less than 1% from gun shows).

http://bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fuo.pdf

“...Protecting the 2nd Amendment has now become a 1st Amendment exercise...”

4 posted on 03/14/2013 2:11:19 PM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: EXCH54FE

I’m guessing not a lot of people being called by a stranger in Chicago are going to tell them if / how many guns they own.

But that’s just me.


5 posted on 03/14/2013 2:16:23 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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