Stats Lay Waste To The Anti-Gun Narrative
Something tells me this report from the Department of Justice isn’t going to get a lot of attention. Sure, the Washington Post reported on it, but I’m talking about the in-depth “Hey, maybe all this anti-gun stuff is a bit overblown?” type analysis we would have gotten if the study had bolstered the media’s anti-gun narrative.
I mean, really. Pick a random piece of demagoguery being used to push for an anti-gun measure or another and this study demolishes it. Try it. I’ll go first:
“But… but… THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE!!!”
Less than 1 percent of state prison inmates who possessed a gun when they committed their offense obtained the firearm at a gun show, the report said. Gun shows were central to the measure recently rejected in the Senate: It would have extended the current background-check requirement for firearms purchases from covering only sales at licensed dealerships to any sale that takes place at a gun show or was advertised in print or online.
“But… but.. background checks!”
About 40 percent of state prison inmates obtained their firearms from illegal sources such as theft or through a drug deal, the report said, while 37 percent got their guns from a family member or friend. Those findings are based on data from 2004.
In other words, expanding background checks wouldn’t do much to prevent the crimes the anti-gun zealots claim they would. Why? Because criminals find ways to get guns without getting background checks and other people help them. They’re criminals.
“As for the type of weapon used, it does not appear that “military style” weapons are the problem. According to the Justice Department report:”
In 2004, an estimated 16% of state prison inmates and 18% of federal inmates reported that they used, carried, or possessed a firearm when they committed the crime for which they were serving a prison sentence
This represented a slight change from 1997, where an estimated 18% of state prison inmates and 16% of federal inmates reported having a firearm when they committed the crime for their current sentence. During the offense that brought them to prison, 13% of state inmates and 16% of federal inmates carried a handgun. In addition, about 1% had a rifle and another 2% had a shotgun. Of inmates armed with a firearm during the offense, about 7% of state inmates and 8% of federal inmates were armed with either a single shot firearm or a conventional semiautomatic, and 2% of state inmates and 3% of federal inmates were armed with a military-style semiautomatic or fully automatic firearm
Oops. There goes the “assault weapons” angle.
Can we stop pretending that the left doesn’t just want to ban all guns now?