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Thread: Awesome editorial exposing the "gun show loophole" myth by Richmond Times Dispatch!

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    http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/opinion.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2007-11-16-0153.html

    The 'Loophole'
    The Richmond Times Dispatch
    Friday, Nov 16, 2007 - 12:09 AM

    America has a problem with unlicensed restaurant operators. Week after week, millions of these scofflaws cook elaborate meals without any official authorization, or even an inspection by a government health agency. The problem grows particularly acute at Thanksgiving, when some unlicensed chefs prepare meals for a dozen or more people. The result? Every year countless Americans are sickened by salmonella, campylobacter, and other food-borne bacteria. You might know the cooks as Mom and Dad, or Grandma and Grandpa, or Uncle Mike and Aunt Karen. But don't let their down-home manner fool you. It's time to close the regulatory loophole that lets these scofflaws dodge the rules of restaurant safety.

    Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? But that's precisely the approach being taken by gun-control advocates who want to close what they call the "gun-show loophole." Opponents of gun rights use that expression to describe the occasional sales of firearms between private citizens -- whom they call "unlicensed dealers" and "unlicensed vendors." (Eeek!)

    Recently the gun prohibitionists gained a high-profile ally: Gerald Massengill, the former head of the Virginia State Police who headed up the inquiry into April's massacre at Virginia Tech. Massengill endorsed stricter regulation of private gun sales when he spoke to the Virginia Center for Public Safety. That group laments the fact that while federal firearm licensees are required to perform criminal background checks on buyers at gun shows, "this law does not apply to individuals who are not licensed dealers."

    That's true. It doesn't -- just as restaurant operators' licenses don't apply to individuals who are not licensed restaurant owners. What's next -- having to obtain a caterer's license to sell pastries at a bake sale? Or an ABC license to host a cocktail party?

    Gun-control advocates say gun shows are "a major source of criminal activity" and a "chief source of crime guns" -- the very phrases used in a recent report by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. But the assertion is true only if "major" and "chief" mean "insignificant" and "minor." According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics report, "Firearm Use by Offenders," only about 1 percent of guns used in crimes come from gun shows. In fact, most crime guns -- 57 percent -- come from just 1 percent of licensed dealers. Private sales among the hunters and target-shooting enthusiasts who frequent gun shows are simply not a significant source of weapons used in crimes.

    The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence report condemns "unregulated private sales at gun shows." But those unregulated private sales can occur just as easily in the parking lot, or through advertisements in periodicals or online, or at target ranges or hunt clubs. The "gun-show loophole" argument is simply a means of getting the camel's nose under the tent. The only effective way to thoroughly regulate the private sale of firearms is through the regulation of private firearm ownership.

    And that, of course, is the gun-control advocates' ultimate goal. The gun-show loophole is not the big prize they seek. Their ultimate aim is to close the bigger loophole known as the Second Amendment.

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    Amazingly written........short.....simple.........effective. THe author should be commended!

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    The comparison is an apt one.

    Of course, in the North East (Massachusettes, and I think NYC ) they have the cops bust kids selling lemonade without a permit; making people have a restaurant license to feed guests isn't too far removed from that...

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    That's an awsome article!

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    WhatTimeIsIt? wrote:
    That's an awsome article!
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    Sorry - double post
    You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training. Archilochus, 650 BC

    Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.

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    Geez, a newspaper actually printed that? I couldn't tell from the link whether this was an LTE or a staff writer, but it's a great piece that shows some people actually get it.

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    Here's the pertinent part of the report quoted in the article:

    Percent of State inmates
    possessing a firearm
    Source of gun 1997 1991
    Total 100.0% 100.0%
    Purchased from -- 13.9 20.8
    Retail store 8.3 14.7
    Pawnshop 3.8 4.2
    Flea market 1.0 1.3
    Gun show 0.7 0.6
    Friends or family 39.6 33.8
    Street/illegal source 39.2 40.8

    Note only .7% come from Gun Shows! You'll notice they don't really address private sales between strangers unless it's included in the street/illegal source. By illegal I assume they mean stolen and then resold or kept by the thief? It should be broken down into rightfully owned and stolen weapons.

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