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Friday, June 21, 2013

MAIG Rolls Into Blacksburg

It was the same old song as Mayors Against Illegal Guns pulled into Blacksburg on their "No More Names" tour.  The Roanoke Times used the same discredited numbers (probably fed to them by MAIG) in discussing the percentage of firearm sales that are completed without a background check:
Currently, about 60 percent of gun sales are subject to background checks. Earlier this year, the Senate defeated legislation that would have required that all commercial gun sales be subject to checks.
That's another way of saying that 40% of sales are completed without background checkes.  That number has been discredited by none other than the Washington Post - not really a bastian of pro-rights information:
In other words, rather than being 30 to 40 percent (the original estimate of the range) or “up to 40 percent” (Obama’s words), gun purchases without background checks amounted to 14 to 22 percent. And since the survey sample is so small, that means the results have a survey caveat: plus or minus six percentage points.
But never let facts get in the way of a political agenda.  After the speeches by Neil Heslin, whose son was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Peter Read, whose daughter killed at the Virginia Tech shooting, and Andrew Goddard, whose son Colin survived Tech shooting and now works for the Brady Campaign, names of those "killed by gun shots" since December 14th were read.

We don't know whether they removed the names of all those criminals that had originally been included on the list

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