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Outright lies for gun control

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Outright lies for gun control

02.21.18 12:42 PM

From CNN’s Chris Cuomo to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), when it comes to talking about firearm background checks, the left is completely comfortable telling total lies.

This week Cuomo, a*journalist*for CNN, retweeted a viral post from a 20-year-old man who claimed to have bought an AR-15 “in five minutes” with an expired ID.

Just one problem: The young man didn’t actually purchase the firearm. In fact, he told the gun shop owner that he’d changed his mind before ever filling out the background check paperwork which would have revealed that his expired license made him ineligible to buy the rifle.

When Twitter users called Cuomo out over the facts of the post, he simply doubled down on claims that the post is proof it’s too easy to buy a gun in the United States.
Hey, @ChrisCuomo from CNN. Saw the article you retweeted: ďI WAS ABLE TO BUY AN AR-15 IN 5 MINUTESĒ

Did you see the part where he admits to neither filling out the necessary paperwork (which would initiate the background check) NOR purchasing the AR-15? Weird. pic.twitter.com/wLfaiKCqaM

— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) February 21, 2018

Cuomo shot back, attempting that it was his detractors who were missing the point.
Isnít the point that the kidís age and lack of ID wasnít a deterrent? and this isnít all gun shops. Place I bought my shotgun basically goes farther than law requires and makes judgments about whom to sell to. Point is the system should be better https://t.co/sL1j0hYtTg

— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) February 21, 2018

Well, not exactly. The point is that the system worked: At no time did the young man purchase a firearm without showing proper ID and passing a proper background check.

Cuomo proceeded to attack any view against implementing new gun control measures.
Lying? Look if you want to fight against background checks, make the case. Whether it is calling the kids actors or LYING about how no laws could stop the shootings…that is the bs to call out. 97% of people want better checks. Why fight that? https://t.co/YCLVyi5VT3

— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) February 21, 2018

He also insisted it is shameful to question the accuracy of anything he says.
Many ignore you – not me. Shame on you for calling the truth lies. school shootings can be stopped. Background checks must be better. Kids like this murderer in Florida should not be able to legally purchase. if you donít get that, you may not have mental capacity to own a gun. https://t.co/eGwbZFHoy4

— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) February 21, 2018

National Review editor Charles Cooke set Cuomo straight.
The point is that the kid lied about buying a gun that he didnít, and that you are now lying too.

— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) February 21, 2018

Point is, it seems, that the left wants harsher background checks… even if it doesn’t really know why or how they would help stop mas shootings.

And that brings us to Sanders who on Sunday said with a straight face on NBCs*“Meet the Press”: “We have to end the absurdity of the gun show loophole. Forty percent of the guns in this country are sold without any background checks.”

Scary stuff, huh?

And also totally false, it turns out.

Washington Post fact checker Glen Kessler gave Sanders “four Pinocchios” for his claim. The figure Sanders is throwing around has long been debunked.

According to the journalist, Sanders’ 40 percent figure comes from a 1993-1994 survey conducted before background check legislation even went into place. Furthermore, he notes that there were also other serious problems about the way the information was gathered for the report.

Kessler writes:
The analysis concluded that 35.7 percent of respondents indicated that they did not receive their guns from a licensed firearms dealer. Rounding up gets you to 40 percent, although the survey sample is so small it could also be rounded down to 30 percent.

The*original report*carefully used terms such as “acquisitions” and “transactions,” which included trades, gifts and the like. This subtlety is lost on many politicians, such as Sanders, who referred to weapons that are “sold.” But itís an important*detail*because many of the people who obtained a gun without a background check either received it as a gift or inherited it.

Why is it important to make a distinction between purchases and transactions? For one thing, the failed 2013*Senate compromise bill*that would have required background checks for gun shows and Internet sales specifically made an exception for gifts (and even sales) among family members and neighbors. Including the data on such transactions can change the results.

More importantly, the journalist pointed out, is that there’s far more up to date information available pertaining to the efficacy of background checks:
Sanders now has even less of an excuse than Obama. Thatís because in 2017, researchers at Harvard University finally published*a new survey*ó and they found that 22 percent of gun owners who reported obtaining a firearm in the previous two years did so without a background check. Thatís almost half the percentage of the old*figure.

Moreover, among purchased firearms, the figure was 13 percent. Thatís one-third of Sandersís 40 percent claim. Once again, nonpurchased firearms (such as those acquired via a gift or inheritance) accounted for a large share of the weapons obtained without a background check.

Though Sanders referred to the “gun show loophole,” not a single person surveyed said they obtained a weapon at a gun show without a background check.

Sanders spox Josh Miller-Lewis responded to the criticism with this head-scratcher:

“Senator Sanders on Meet the Press provided the best information he had at the time. It appears the number he cited may be outdated. But whether itís 40 percent or 22 percent of guns being acquired without a background check, millions of Americans still obtain guns without background checks. Thatís absurd. No one should be allowed to purchase a gun without a vigorous background check.”

Which begs: If Sanders can’t even get his hands on accurate information pertaining to firearm-related issues, how can he possibly be trusted to produce effective new gun control legislation?

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