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Gun Shows - The Truth Comes Out
Keepandbeararms.com ^ | December 13, 2001 | Michael S. Brown

Posted on 12/13/2001 5:18:40 AM PST by Verax

Gun Shows — The Truth Comes Out

Gun Shows — The Truth Comes Out

by Dr. Michael S. Brown

December 13, 2001

Times have been tough for the anti-gun lobby. Political analysts have declared gun control a dead issue, court cases are not going their way, and gun shops are crowded with liberals seeking security in gun ownership.

During hard times it is natural to fall back on proven strategies, so anti-gun groups are trying to revive an issue that was quite successful during the glory days of the gun control movement. With the aid of a few attention-seeking senators, including John McCain, they are renewing their attack on gun shows, which their propaganda wizards once labeled: "Tupperware parties for criminals."

For several years prior to the 2000 election, clever advertising campaigns in many states convinced voters that gun shows were illegal arms bazaars where sinister dealers sold machine guns to dangerous criminals and innocent children alike. Their advertising dollars were leveraged by sympathetic media outlets, which amplified and legitimized the message.

One of the most effective sound bites ever created by the gun control propagandists was, "gun show loophole." This refers to the private sale exemption that was deliberately placed into federal law. The purpose was to avoid the unproductive complications that would arise if gun sales between friends, relatives, and collectors were forced to undergo the same background checks as sales in gun stores.

Nobody likes a loophole, as beleaguered gun owners discovered when the media repeated the misleading term ad infinitum.

Politically motivated police officials sometimes got into the act by reporting that a large number of criminals admitted to obtaining guns at shows. They neglected to mention that the last thing a crook wants to tell the police is who really supplied him with his illegally owned firearm. Saying, "I got it at a gun show," is a very easy way out.

Another important factor was that very few voters had ever attended a gun show, so it was easy to portray these harmless middle class gatherings as wretched hives of scum and villainy.

With such a strong hand to play, it is no wonder that anti-gun forces wish to revive this issue. However, the new offensive is marked by a distinct change in tactics. Press releases from anti-gun organizations are now claiming that gun shows are major sources of weapons for terrorists.

This wild claim is supposedly based on two isolated cases of foreign terrorists who were arrested for buying guns to be shipped to their associates overseas. But since the gun haters are constantly looking for ways to reduce the number of guns in America, it is difficult to see the problem.

It is also a very big stretch to connect gun shows with the current crop of terrorists who hijack airliners with box cutters or blow themselves up with explosives. Many observers are puzzled by this strange new theme, but there is an obvious explanation. This seemingly bizarre leap of logic is probably related to a report recently released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

"Firearm Use By Offenders" details the results of a 1997 survey of about 16,000 inmates in state and federal prisons. The report contains many interesting facts, but the most embarrassing item for the gun controllers is related to gun shows.

What percentage of criminals obtained their crime guns from gun shows? The anti-gun lobby has always been suspiciously vague about this critical number, but their emotion-charged statements have always been carefully designed to give the impression that gun shows are highly popular with criminals.

Judging by the intensity of their efforts, one would assume that the number must be high, perhaps thirty percent, perhaps fifty, maybe more.

Now we find out the truth. The real number is… seven tenths of one percent.

Shocked? Don't take my word for it, read it yourself at: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/fuo.htm.

The real reason the anti-gun lobby is trying to link gun shows with terrorism is that they know the "Tupperware party for criminals" game is over.

One might assume that the anti-gun lobby would simply move on to some new "gun safety" issues. But their objection to gun shows was never really about criminals, it was part of a cultural war.

For people who truly hate guns, the thought of all those evil guns and despicable gun owners gathered together in one place is unbearable. Better to lie and mislead the public than to tolerate such an abomination, they believe.

This is not the first time that a public opinion campaign was based on a false premise, but voters who cast ballots based on deceptive information deserve to know that they were deliberately misled.

Journalists who once wrote stories that were little more than digests of anti-gun press releases now seem to be viewing the issue with a bit more skepticism. Perhaps some even feel a bit of shame at the way they suspended their ethics and jumped on the anti-gun bandwagon.

It will be interesting to see if the media takes note of the remarkable fact that less than one criminal in a hundred obtained their guns at gun shows.

Dr. Michael S. Brown is an optometrist and member of Doctors for Sensible Gun Laws, www.dsgl.org. Write the author at: rkba2000@yahoo.com.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist

1 posted on 12/13/2001 5:18:40 AM PST by Verax
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To: *bang_list

2 posted on 12/13/2001 5:38:05 AM PST by Joe Brower
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To: Verax
The "gun show loophole" is anti code for the end of private sale.
3 posted on 12/13/2001 5:40:15 AM PST by Liberal Classic
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To: Verax
"Tupperware parties for criminals."

I always figured this meant that housewives had taken up selling Glocks as a nice little home-based business.

;-)

4 posted on 12/13/2001 5:43:45 AM PST by the
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To: Joe Brower
Joe, maybe you can help. I have been trying to find out why typing - to: "bang_list" - in the search bar no longer takes me to the bang list. Also, what does the "*" before bang_list in the "to" bar do?

Thanks

5 posted on 12/13/2001 5:58:31 AM PST by MileHi
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To: the
the one and only gun show, I have been to. Was more of a patriotic haven.
I did not see anyone of mid-eastern background(yeah I know racial profiling).
Did not see anyone, that even look anything close to a criminal(Yeah I know racial profiling again).
I did see several rednecks, but mostly I saw, normal everyday men and women buying guns.
Lots and Lots of guns. It was a blast.
6 posted on 12/13/2001 6:01:19 AM PST by vin-one
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To: Verax
The reason criminals don't get their guns from gun shows is really pretty easy to see if you've ever been to one. They're crawling with cops, especially off-duty cops. Security is often provided by them, and they're visitors as well. If you were a wanted criminal, you'd avoid those places like the plague.
7 posted on 12/13/2001 6:07:41 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: MileHi
Try this link: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/involved?group=152

I don't know how to do it as a search, so just bookmark this link.

8 posted on 12/13/2001 6:09:39 AM PST by the
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To: Verax
I agree with post #3. The so-called "gunshow loophole" talk is just another step down the slippery slope to banning the private sale of guns among law abiding citizens.

I also agree with post #6. The gunshows I have visited have been populated with decent, law-abiding people who hunt, target shoot or collect as a hobby.

9 posted on 12/13/2001 6:11:36 AM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: MileHi
Hiya, MileHi!

You wrote:
Joe, maybe you can help. I have been trying to find out why typing - to: "bang_list" - in the search bar no longer takes me to the bang list. Also, what does the "*" before bang_list in the "to" bar do?

"the" already answered most of your question in his post #8. Since John Rob set up the new search engine, the old means of searching FR for the bang_list no longer works. The asterisk ('*') also started appearing about the same time.

Stay safe,

JB


10 posted on 12/13/2001 6:24:13 AM PST by Joe Brower
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To: Joe Brower; the
Thanks for the help.
11 posted on 12/13/2001 6:30:45 AM PST by MileHi
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To: Billthedrill
Also, I don't know about other states, but in California (cue to start blasting me and telling me to move) even private sales need to be processed through an FFL. Ain't nobody buying a gun at a gun show here without the background check, unless the seller is willing to take a risk and bypass it. I bought a colt Python in October from a private collector at a gun show, and there wasn't any way he was going to sell it to me without transferring ownership through an FFL. Not that I asked him to, or would have expected him to, but the conversation quickly turned to me finding an FFL to do the paperwork for us.
12 posted on 12/13/2001 6:31:44 AM PST by .38sw
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To: .38sw
In New York State it is NECESSARY to have a CHL to even possess a handgun. You need the "State's" approval to defend yourself there!
13 posted on 12/13/2001 8:36:24 AM PST by I Corps
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To: Verax
bump for the truth!
14 posted on 12/13/2001 8:39:46 AM PST by choppersrule
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To: Liberal Classic
The "gun show loophole" is anti code for the end of private sale.

Exactly. Every "reasonable compromise" with the anti-gun lobby becomes a "loophole" as soon as the bill is passed.

15 posted on 12/13/2001 8:40:20 AM PST by Hugin
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To: I Corps
As of Jan. 1, 2003, you will need a license to purchase a handgun in California. It will not apply to weapons previously purchased, but I imagine the legislature will eventually get around to that one, as well. In the meantime, I'll be stocking up in 2002, because I don't intend to get one of their steekin' licenses.
16 posted on 12/13/2001 9:21:53 AM PST by .38sw
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To: .38sw
.38sw said: 'It will not apply to weapons previously purchased, but I imagine the legislature will eventually get around to that one, as well. "

Sure. You mean the "previous purchase loop-hole".

17 posted on 12/13/2001 9:31:08 AM PST by William Tell
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To: Verax
bttt
18 posted on 12/13/2001 9:36:50 AM PST by lodwick
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To: Verax
Good Article!

And to think a year ago I was a member of some online anti-gun group. Still learning, finally got cable TV a month ago, so now I can tune out CBSABCNBC!! Getting news here with intelligent commentary is quite an eye opener also. Thanks FR and JR.

19 posted on 12/13/2001 12:34:39 PM PST by madfly
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To: Verax; Gun Show Protection Union; GunsareOK; Dan from Michigan; Hail Caesar
Please join and/or promote The Gun Show Protection Union.
20 posted on 12/13/2001 1:51:02 PM PST by Rockinfreakapotamus
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To: Liberal Classic
The "gun show loophole" is anti code for the end of private sale.

Finally. People are beginning to see this for what it is.

The biggest loophole around, in the Antigunners minds, is the Second Amendment.

21 posted on 12/13/2001 1:53:06 PM PST by Lazamataz
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To: madfly; William Tell; lodwick; .38sw; I Corps; Hugin; Liberal Classic; choppersrule; Joe Brower...
Please join and/or promote The Gun Show Protection Union.
22 posted on 12/13/2001 2:00:48 PM PST by Rockinfreakapotamus
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To: madfly
madfly said: "And to think a year ago I was a member of some online anti-gun group. "

Welcome. Please use your new-found perspective to convince at least two...er FIVE others to your new point of view and ask them to do likewise. This is the least you can do for having been so misguided in the past. You will also have more credibility having just come from the dark side.

I mean this. Please do it. Don't make me beg and make a scene.

23 posted on 12/13/2001 2:50:55 PM PST by William Tell
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To: .38sw
I have been circulating a petition to John Ashcroft to overrule Gray Davis and the other gun haters in this state with the laws they are making to infringe our 2nd Amendment rights. Take a look at it and sign it if you support the right to keep and bear arms in California.

http://www.AshcroftPetition@keepandbeararms.com.

24 posted on 12/13/2001 3:33:41 PM PST by 2nd_Ammendment_Defender
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To: Verax
...very few voters had ever attended a gun show, so it was easy to portray these harmless middle class gatherings as wretched hives of scum and villainy.

This quote reminded me of the Star Wars movie :-)

I have attended many gunshows and they are great places for patriots to gather.

25 posted on 12/13/2001 3:35:49 PM PST by 2nd_Ammendment_Defender
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To: 2nd_Ammendment_Defender
That is why you need to join the GUN SHOW PROTECTION UNION now! The anti-gunners hate the fact that 20,000,000 people can gather and have a good time talking about THEM. Gun Shows are an American PASTIME! More people attend gun shows every weekend than the Super Bowl and the World Series game combined! That's why they want to shut us down, it is not all about guns!
26 posted on 12/17/2001 2:09:44 PM PST by Gun Show Protection Union
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To: Liberal Classic
It will be interesting to see if the media takes note of the remarkable fact that less than one criminal in a hundred obtained their guns at gun shows.

But if closing the loophole saves just one life it's the right thing to do. However, for an anti-gunner to champion that line they have to bring attention to the fact that gun shows are not a Guns-R-Us for criminals -- not to mention that the "if it save even one life" line lost it's effectiveness way back when Clinton was still getting hummers in the White House.

27 posted on 12/17/2001 2:43:26 PM PST by Zon
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To: Gun Show Protection Union
I will attend the gunshows to support gunshows. I go everytime I can and I think that is better than joining a union. Am I right?
28 posted on 12/17/2001 8:08:59 PM PST by 2nd_Ammendment_Defender
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To: Billthedrill; RJayneJ

Post #7 gets my vote for quote of the day.

29 posted on 12/17/2001 8:23:03 PM PST by Southack
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To: Southack
Thanks for the nomination! };^D)
30 posted on 12/18/2001 12:59:58 AM PST by RJayneJ
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