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Associated Press Twists the Truth to Promote Gun Control

Why tell the truth when a lie will do?

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Howard Nemerov

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February 6, 2012 - 9:54 am

Associated Press ran this article today: “Police: Man accidentally shoots self at Georgia gun show.”

To understand the nuances of subtly promoting gun control, remember that one of the most important planks in gun banners’ platform is the gun show loophole. For example, billionaire Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns has been promoting this propaganda for a while:

Currently, licensed gun dealers are required to run criminal background checks on all buyers, but a loophole in the law enables criminals to avoid these checks if they buy from gun-sellers who don’t have licenses. Often operating at gun shows, these unlicensed sellers give criminals the opportunity to sidestep the background check system and easily purchase guns. Congress should close the gun show loophole.

No doubt this is how 90% [no, it’s 70%] of Mexico’s drug cartels get their guns. Really now, perhaps 1-2% of all criminals’ guns come from gun shows, and that includes those bought by law-abiding citizens who had their guns stolen. Also, keep in mind that most “unlicensed” dealers at gun shows don’t even sell guns (anything from bandanas to ear protection to food).

But back to the AP article at hand: It turns out that the klutz wasn’t at the gun show when he shot himself. He was in the parking lot reloading a gun, because the gun show didn’t allow loaded guns inside.

Dude, keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot. And AP, keep your finger off the truth until you’re ready to run with it.

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.
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