Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg's Gun Banning Groups Push Loophole LIE

Chicago set a gruesome record this year.  U.S. Murder Rate Declines, But Chicago's Goes Up
 Chicago marks 500 homicides   Some important background on guns and crime follows........

Chicago gangs don’t have to go far to buy guns

 BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter August 26, 2012 7:16PM  Chicago Sun Times
Updated: September 28, 2012 6:13AM
Chicago Tribune Photo of Crime Scene
You might think the Deep South is the biggest source of the firearms in the hands of Chicago’s criminals.
Maybe you heard about the less-restrictive gun laws in the South or the high-profile cases the feds have brought against gun traffickers moving weapons from Mississippi and other states to Chicago — the Dixie pipeline.
But the truth is most guns recovered in crimes here were originally bought in Illinois.
More specifically, in Cook County.
And the No. 1 supplier of those weapons is just a short drive from Chicago, Chuck’s Gun Store in south suburban Riverdale.
From 2008 to March 2012, the police successfully traced the ownership of 1,375 guns recovered in crimes in Chicago within a year of their purchase.
Of those guns, 268 were bought at Chuck’s — nearly one in five.
That statistic comes from a groundbreaking study by University of Chicago Crime Lab researchers, done at the request of the Chicago Police Department, which is grappling with an extra-violent 2012 that has seen a 28 percent spike in the city’s homicide total compared to this time last year.
 and this:
 In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, a South Side gang member admitted he and his crew almost exclusively arm themselves with stolen guns because they can’t afford to buy new ones. Some of those guns, he said, are stolen from freight trains sitting in South Side rail yards. Others are swiped from gun stores

 Crackdown using current laws?
Asked for statistics on how many gun cases ATF has submitted to prosecutors in recent years, a local spokesman for the agency referred the Sun-Times to a Syracuse University system that tracks federal prosecutions.
It showed the ATF office for the Northern District of Illinois had a decline in weapons prosecutions from fiscal year 2010 to 2011, and the trend was expected to continue the following year.
Nationally, there’s been “a shifting emphasis toward drug-related investigations,” according to the analysis.

 What about punishing 'Strawman' purchases? (People without criminal records who buy guns for     felons)
Over the past five years, meanwhile, prosecutors have shifted their strategy involving gun cases, according to records and interviews.
The U.S. attorney’s office is no longer prosecuting most locally based gun cases involving straw purchasing. Instead, federal prosecutors have been focusing on interstate gun-trafficking rings and on felons who have guns illegally.
That information from the Chicago Sun Times seems to contradict the latest leftist gun ban 'factoid' 

"There's a loophole where you can sell guns without a background check … 40 percent of guns are sold that way" at gun shows and over the Internet.

Michael Bloomberg on Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 in an interview on "Face the Nation"

Mayor Bloomberg also has another gun ban group called demand a plan

And now, the Leftist Disinformation Outfit Politifact pushes the ridiculous Bloomberg gun purchase 'Cliff Clavinoid'

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says 40 percent of guns are sold without a background check

Mostly True
Leftist disinfo site Politifact rates this Bloomberg statement as mostly true. Now we know it is completely FALSE

After a rather lengthy 'fact check' politifact ends with this....

Mayor Bloomberg said 40 percent of gun sales take place through gun shows or the Internet.

The best information on the informal gun market is based on a survey and is about 15 years old. Current regulations don’t allow direct tallies of sales of this sort. An undercover investigation found a great deal of internet activity, but it was sponsored by a mayor who seeks greater regulation. Groups opposed to greater regulation were asked to rebut the mayor’s assertion and did not respond.
Bloomberg's Point Click and Fire even contains this DOOZY
'Buying from an in-state private seller: Private sales to in-state buyers are almost completely unregulated by federal law. No background check and no record of sale are required. Sellers typically ship the guns by mail or meet the buyer in person'  Unregulated By Federal Law? Hardly.

 Beyond these rules, private sellers – no matter where
they are selling – are prohibited from “engaging in the
business” of selling guns, or from repeatedly selling for
the purpose of profit.21 Nor can they sell to an individual
they know to be, or have reason to believe may be, a
prohibited purchaser – for example, if the buyer indicates
that he or she probably could not pass a background
check.  Point Click and Fire

Interstate Sale and Shipping - the seller must ship the gun from a licensed dealer in the seller’s state to a licensed dealer in the buyer’s state. After the buyer completes paperwork and passes a background check at his local dealer, he or she may take possession of the gun.

 Maybe the Cato study would be a little more believable, and just a bit newer.
 According to the U.S. Department of Justice, at most 2 percent of guns used by criminals are purchased at gun shows, and most of those were purchased legally by people who passed background checks Newer Cato Study