Alan Gottlieb claimed, in typical pro-gun exaggerating fashion, "What happens is that gun control spends all of our resources tracking and regulating the 99 percent of people with guns who don't commit a crime, and the 1 percent who commit the crime we don't do anything about."
I factchecked this, and the answer is: Not exactly. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found that states with tougher gun laws in fact export the guns used in crimes (PDF) at a much lower rate than states with weak gun laws. Illegal guns handled by criminals and confiscated at crime scenes are most often traced back to states that don't do background checks for all weapons purchased at gun shows [CLICK HERE FOR MOJO'S ARTICLE ON GUN SHOWS]; that don't require purchase permits; that don't prosecute gun dealers who violate background-check laws; and that don't allow local law enforcement to approve or deny conceal carry permits. Findings confirm that regulations do deter criminals from getting guns.Yes, that's what a little fact checking can do to the never-ending exaggerations and hysteria that folks like Gottlieb keep pouring out.
I've often wondered about the pro-gun buzz words that are so consistently used on the gun blogs. They actually preach this nonsense and legions of sheep-like followers repeat the formulaic phrases.
"THEY win if you say 'pro gun.' YOU win if you say 'pro rights,'' instructs "The Politically Corrected Glossary" handout (PDF).
Yes indeed, our pro-gun friends are a fascinating bunch. What's your opinion?
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