Gun ban groups have long sought to shut down guns shows. They claim the reason is to “close the gun show loophole” that allows criminals, or even terrorists, to easily get all the weapons they want.
Unfortunately for them, there is no evidence that gun shows are a significant source for illegal weapons. In the largest study of its kind, conducted by the federal government, only 0.7 percent of prison inmates who had used guns, had obtained their guns from gun shows.
Another federal study found only 1.7 percent of federal prison inmates obtained their guns from gun shows. An earlier study found less than 2 percent of criminals’ guns came from gun shows. An FBI study of criminals who attacked law enforcement officers found “None of the [criminals’] rifles, shotguns, or handguns…were obtained from gun shows or related activities.” Ninety-seven percent of guns in the study were obtained illegally.
Early in the antis’ game plans they secured innumerable grants from liberals like George Soros and the Joyce Foundation, figuring they would out-spend, out-organize, and out-communicate gun owners with professional, paid staffs and large budgets.
But crime really isn’t the issue. Anti-gun activists have never been particularly concerned about reducing crime or making our streets safer. They simply want to shut down gun shows. Why?
It drives them insane that the NRA signs up hundreds of members at each gun show and that pro-gun candidates get to spend several hours in a cost-free campaign communication exercise, meeting gun owners in person, signing up volunteers, and receiving donations.
It is far too easy for groups like Buckeye Firearms Association to hand out literature attacking their favorite, anti-gun candidates for the mere cost of photocopies. Gun shows are pro-gun organizations’ highest volume, lowest cost channel for spreading news and building volunteer armies.
The anti-gun crowd doesn’t have this. Candle light vigils just don’t compare. Early in the antis’ game plans they secured innumerable grants from liberals like George Soros and the Joyce Foundation, figuring they would out-spend, out-organize, and out-communicate gun owners with professional, paid staffs and large budgets.
Yet pro-gun organizations out-work them and out-smart them with volunteers using nearly-free methods and channels. So they pass laws in an attempt to exterminate talk radio (including NRA News)and shut down our gathering places. Remember this the next time you see someone proposing a “common sense” law to “close the gun show loophole” or introduce more “fairness” for media outlets, such as talk radio. It’s nothing more than a deceptive flanking tactic to silence pro-gun advocates.
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