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oped: Mark Kelly really needs to stay retired and stay out of the 2nd Amendment debate he just regurgitates the looney left progressive talking points which are blantantly false ...Sorry Mark but you are sounding like a former astro'nut not a former military officer!
By Alexander Bolton
Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in a mass shooting, is calling on people across the country to pressure Congress for more gun control in the wake of a mass shooting in Oregon.
Kelly, who founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, a group in favor of tighter firearm restrictions, said 40 percent of guns are sold without background checks.
[Okay, so are 40 percent of guns sold without a background check?
The origin of that figure comes from a study conducted by the National Institute of Justice in 1997, as Politifact.com pointed out in their analysis:
The researchers estimated that about 40 percent of all firearm sales took place through people other than licensed dealers. They based their conclusion on data from a 1994 survey of more than 2,500 households. But it’s important to note that of the 2,568 households surveyed, only 251 people answered the question about the origin of their gun.There are obvious limitations to this study: the small sample size, the fact that its over 15 years old, the terminology used: actual sales vs. other transactions (gifts, inheritances and prizes), etc. and they all cast reasonable doubt about that 40 percent figure.
So, the truth is that we don’t know what the actual figure is. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at what a range of experts and professional fact checkers had to say.
The Washington Post gave the 40 percent figure two ‘Pinocchios’ (which implies “significant omissions and/or exaggerations”) and made the following conclusion:
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.Politifact.com called the claim “Half True” and concluded:
The best information on the informal gun market is based on a survey and is about 15 years old (the data used in the survey is almost 20 years old). There’s no question that many guns are bought with no background check, but there’s not sufficient current evidence to say that the proportion is 40 percent of all sales.Author and gun rights advocate John Lott, after an exhaustive analysis of the data, said in his article “We don’t know the precise number today, but it is hard to believe that it is above single digits.”
The Duke University professor who co-authored the study, Prof. Philip Cook, told Politifact.com that he had no idea whether the study is still reliable or not.
“This survey was done almost 20 years ago. … It’s clear there are a lot of transactions that are not through dealers. How many, we’re not really clear on it. … We would say it’s a very old number,” said Cook.
Given that there’s so much ambiguity surrounding this subject, is there other data available to provide insight? Well, this was also included on the WP’s write-up:
Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, will report data from a 2004 survey of inmates in state prisons in a chapter in a book titled “Reducing Gun Violence in America,” to be published Jan. 28 by Johns Hopkins Press.
The offenders were incarcerated from crimes committed with handguns, and this is how they reported how they obtained the guns:
Licensed gun dealer: 11 percent
Friends or family: 39.5 percent
“The street:” 37.5 percent
Stolen gun: 9.9 percent
Gun show/Flea market: 1.7 percent ]
“We have laws that make it easy for domestic abusers and stalkers to get their hands on guns,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“There’s one basic and pretty simple solution. Members of Congress and elected leaders in state legislatures around the country can certainly do something about it,” he said. “We really need to call up Washington, D.C. [and ask] members of the House and Senate to take action on this issue.”
Kelly said lawmakers in Washington need “to close these loopholes that make it very easy for the mentally ill to get firearms.”
He noted that there are fewer deaths from gun violence in states that have strong laws restricting firearm sales and ownership.
[False: Chicago Ill,NY, California which have the strongest gun
laws in the country and a higher incidence of shootings!]
“The idea is where there are more guns, people are less safe. If you have a gun in any kind of situation where things start to get heated, there’s a higher likelihood that somebody’s going to get shot,” he said.”
[Rediculous statement: 'Theory without fact is hypothesis...Fact without theory is Chaos' What Mark is preaching is pure chaos..#Period ]
Need I say more? Oh wait let the gun speak: