I noticed one of the clips in the most recent VCDL-Alert about the PEG lie-in noted a change in wording.
This time, instead of saying three minutes is the time it takes to buy a gun, the reporter said three minutes is the average amount of time it takes to do a background check. Again, I dispute the accuracy of the claim, but the analyst in me notes the wording change and the importance of said change.
They've claimed several things in these lie-ins:
- Three minutes is the time it took Cho to buy a gun (apparently that was proven wrong)
- Three minutes is the average time it takes to buy a gun in America (perhaps they've seen the light here?)
- Now, three minutes is the aveage time it takes for the background check. I might grant that IF you don't start the clock until the phone is answered and the information from your paperwork and ID transferred, or the internet connection is made.
Reporters often get their information from fact sheets provided by the groups they're highlighting. It appears we need to be prepared with actual facts against all these nuances, just in case.
I don't know why, but my checks usually return clear within that time frame, if you count only from the actual connection. I'm aware many, many people are not cleared within just a few minutes, and I hope to learn through research what the actual time is.