U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Four cities in New Jersey – Newark, Jersey City, Paterson and Trenton – are teaming up this summer with the Brady Campaign to develop localized strategies to deal with gun violence,” New Jersey 101.5 reported Tuesday. “One of their common goals: Identify the out-of-state gun dealers whose products flood the cities’ streets, a strategy Brady is already pursuing in Milwaukee, Oakland and Los Angeles.”
“It’s an extension of a ‘name and shame’ strategy Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration began a year ago – first naming the states where guns illegally trafficking into New Jersey were originally sold, then expanding to naming the gun manufacturers,” the report explains.
That’s not as “reasonable” a goal as surface appearances would have the marks believe. They’re being hornswoggled by agenda-promoters using a narrative crafted by professional swindlers to obfuscate, redirect and manipulate. The goal, of course, is to advance support for yet more incremental citizen disarmament.
The accusation on which the house of cards rests?
“5% of gun dealers are responsible for about 90% of the crime guns.”
No, those responsible for “crime guns” (and “crime knives” and “crime hammers” and “crime fists”) are the reptiles abusing them. Plus, the numbers don’t hold up. Here’s how they come up with them:
“There is a small minority of gun dealers that supply the overwhelming majority of the guns that are traced to crime.”
“Traced to”? Not “used in”? There’s a difference?
Yes, there is, which is why ATF puts a big “Trace Data Disclaimer” at the start of its Firearms Tracing System reports:
“Not all firearms used in crime are traced and not all firearms traced are used in crime.”
This is why even ATF supports the Tiahrt Amendment limiting release of specific tracing data to law enforcement investigations and prosecutions, and has “fought for years in the federal courts to keep trace records confidential, because they contain information (such as names of gun buyers) that could jeopardize ongoing investigations—not to mention law enforcement officers’ lives.”
The gun-grabbers count on most people not drilling down to such a level of detail. That’s what enabled the same LIE they pulled to try to convince people 95% of Mexican “crime guns” came from U.S. gun sellers in order to gin up demand for more bans. And Fast and Furious “gunwalking” showed us how far they were willing to go when that wasn’t enough.
Now let’s look at the “flood” the “social credit” shamers (and guess who they’re emulating) say they’re going to stop. What better source could we consult than ATF’s latest published Tracing Report for New Jersey?
Of the “Top 15 source states,” the leader, by far, was New Jersey, with all those “gun laws” that induced the Gungrabby Gabby Group to give them an “A” scorecard. So they want to impose what doesn’t work there on everybody else?
We then see the “New Jersey average time-to-crime” (“from first purchaser to recovery”) is 12.78 years. The national average is 9.30.
That’s some flood.
No doubt bigger gun companies and retail outlets are going to have more firearms they sell end up stolen or “straw purchased” from initial buyers over a 13-year span than smaller concerns, just based on numbers. That doesn’t mean they did anything wrong, any more than claiming “X number of drunk drivers owned Fords or Chevys” reflects on manufacturer and dealer criminality and negligence.
There are few more regulated businesses than gun makers and FFLs, all subject to ATF industry inspections, and all subject to fines, penalties, shuttering, and sentences if sufficient infractions are uncovered in regular audits. There are NICS federal or state-implemented background checks and industry-programs designed to recognize and thwart “straw purchases” (at least when the dealer isn’t being told to let transfers proceed).
But note what they couldn't resist adding:
“Sometimes restricting the sale of certain types of firearms. Sometimes restricting the sale of firearms to those under age 21.”
It always comes back to banning more guns and banning more citizens from owning them.
They have to put the blame for crappy “progressive” hellholes somewhere, and it’s not like totalitarian-minded corruptocrats want anyone looking too closely at what keeps them in power. Knowing anyone ignorant enough to vote for them is gullible enough to swallow anything, they have no fear of making ever-more ludicrous statements to put blame they own on someone else.
“So it’s easier for a kid to pick up a gun than to pick up a book,” the ridiculous State Senator Shirley Turner, Democrat naturally, asserts. It’s a variation on a theme:
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.