I guess it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a convincing exposé. The gun crowd were all so dismissive about what Prof. Wintemute came out with recently. But, Mayor Bloomberg has provided us with what to me looks like indisputable evidence of what everyone has known all along. Private sales at gun shows are a source for criminals to get guns.
What gets me is the attitude demonstrated on the video, the laughing, the nonchalance, the admitting that the seller wouldn't pass the background check either.
I find it filthy dirty and I can't understand how otherwise honest law-abiding citizens continue to turn a blind eye, continue to defend this activity and continue to pretend it has nothing to do with them.
What's your opinion? Here's what Sebastian had to say about it.
What’s really disgusting about Bloomberg’s tactics, is none of these transactions and dealers shown here have anything to do with gun show loophole. It’s illegal to operate as a gun dealer, for livelihood and profit, without a Federal Firearms License. It’s illegal to knowingly sell guns to criminals. In all of these cases shown, they could be prosecuted under current laws. But he’s not going to tell you that, because the goal is to get rid of gun shows.
I wouldn't go so far as to call the tactics "disgusting," but I do admit to a certain disdain of the proverbial undercover or sting operation. But how this can be said to not qualify as the "gun show loophole" seems a bit of a stretch to me. The fact that existing laws are being broken has nothing to do with it. You can't throw out the entire argument by saying there are already laws which cover that. The laws which cover these activities are obviously inadequate.
Another quibble I have with Sebastian's take on it, and it's not just his take I realize, is the presumed intention in the mind of Bloomberg. I cannot see any reason to not believe that he wants to do exactly what he says. I see no reason to think that the real objective is to "get rid of gun shows."
What do you think? Are Bloomberg's tactics disgusting? Do you think that requiring background checks on all gun transfers would accomplish something good? What about those gun sellers who admitted they wouldn't pass the background check either. Shouldn't they be put out of business?
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