Michael Bloomberg has a lot of money to spend to work at restricting Americans right to keep and bear arms. One of the latest projects is an online publication called "The Trace". The Washington Examiner says both the New York's "Capital" and the NRA agree that the site's purpose is to push Bloomberg's views. From washingtonexaminer.com:
The National Rifle Association doesn't buy it. "This project is yet another illustration of Bloomberg's ego-driven zeal to control other Americans and diminish not just their rights, but their access to reliable information about their rights," its lobbying shop said.and
In the only story about The Trace, New York's "Capital" said the site will be the editorial arm of Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety. The group draws attention to gun violence, builds protests against organizations and companies that don't ban guns in stores, and promotes background checks.The Trace recently ran a story on how many times people have been prevented from immediately buying firearms at a federally licensed dealer since the system went into effect in 1998. The total number of denials is about 1.2 million.
The Trace fails to mention are that large numbers of these denials are false positives that prevent people who have the right to bear arms from doing so. Routinely, more than 99% of those denied are never prosecuted for attempting to purchase a firearm illegally (remember all those false positives). They never mention that we do not know how many of the denials are multiple denials to the same people.
Here are some numbers from a news story on NICS denials. MyFoxTampa reports:
The law requires licensed gun dealers to check with law enforcement before making a sale, which in this state is the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The goal is to prevent felons -- and people who don't qualify -- from getting their hands on a gun and it's a federal crime if they even try.62 cases out of 76,142 denials is .08 percent.
But how often is the law enforced?
"Virtually no one is arrested and convicted of attempts to illegally buy a gun in a gun store," stated Gary Kleck, a professor of criminology at Florida State who's done extensive research on gun control laws.
FOX 13 took a look at the numbers across the nation and in the Tampa Bay Area. The most recent figures from the Department of Justice show there were more than 76,142 denials in 2010.
But just 62 cases were referred for prosecution and only 13 resulted in a guilty verdict or plea.
What is the point of a background check apparatus, if only a minuscule percentage of people who are denied are prosecuted? Could it be that the vast majority of those denied are no danger to the public or themselves? That seems the most likely explanation. If so, then we are denying hundreds of thousands of peoples' Constitutional rights for no good reason.
Pushing that agenda is about what you would expect of a Bloomberg propaganda apparatus.
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