Saturday, September 5, 2009

Another Day, Another “Gun Show” Hit Piece

The NRA-ILA website is reporting that University of California (Davis) professor Garen Wintemute has released another “study” showing that the nation “needs” more gun control laws in spite of the fact that California has some of the strictest gun control in the nation, yet their murder and robbery rates are much higher than the national average. The title of this clearly “unbiased study” (about as “unbiased” as a Michael Moore “documentary”) is "Inside Gun Shows: What Goes On When Everybody Thinks Nobody's Watching."

Gun shows, however, just appear to be the tip of the wedge. Wintemute acknowledges that straw purchases circumventing background checks are a major source of illegally acquired firearms, and further acknowledges that firearm purchases at gun shows represent a tiny minority of sales. He even goes so far to admit that most gun show sales go through retailers which require background checks anyway. So what’s the issue? The issue is what most have always suspected it to be – private party sales:

"Regulating private party sales just at gun shows will not end the problems associated with these anonymous and undocumented transactions. Most of them occur elsewhere already. ... It would be preferable to regulate private party gun sales generally."

In short, Wintemute wants to turn the nation into California where “…private sales are prohibited, transfers of firearms are delayed by a 10-day waiting period, and sales are permanently recorded by the government.” These are effectively the same goals as the Brady Campaign’s when it started in 1976 (then known as the National Council to Control Handguns).

The “logic” here completely escapes me. California, and all other cities with strict gun control, have higher murder and robbery rates than areas without strict gun control. The UK has seen firearm related crime skyrocket since they instituted bans. Either these groups are completed deluded, or there is a greater agenda hidden underneath the surface. I tend to think the latter, which is why these groups’ claims and “studies” must be countered with real logic and facts at every opportunity!

Until next time!!!

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