NYC Mayor says background checks will stop all gun deaths

Submitted by admin on Mon, 01/31/2011 - 20:58

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg sent investigators to a gun show in Phoenix to conduct an undercover 'sting' or as some in Arizona call entrapment.

But what really floors me is this statement by Bloomberg:

Bloomberg says,  "This country must take two simple steps to stop more of the 34 murders that occur with guns every day: make every gun sale subject to a background check, and make sure the background check system has all the required records in it."

Wait what? Background checks will stop murder? But background checks don't work. We all know they don't work. Even Bloomberg knows that they don't work.

According to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and two different reports by the Bureau of Justice Statistics less then 2% of criminals get their guns from gun shows (NRA article)

Background checks failed to stop:

  1. The Virginia Tech shooter
  2. The Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner
  3. The Fort Hood shooter
  4. Cleveland School massacre in 1989

California's firearms restrictions were repeatedly tightened between 1979 and 1988, the Journal and Constitution reported, yet the number of handgun-related killings grew 21 percent (GOA).

Regardless of it being at a gun show, Americans have the right to make private transactions. So its not a loop hole any more then its a loop hole to buy a mini van that has a max speed of 120 mph when the max speed limit is only 70 mph.

Here is a video taken by the NYC investigators

Reuters' news story

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