NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre on Sunday challenged New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to spend $12 million on ads meant to pressure senators into backing strict new gun control measures, saying Bloomberg “can’t buy America.”
Bloomberg’s pro-gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is launching the campaign in states where senators may be on the fence regarding a package of firearms proposals making its way to the Senate floor. As the push for that legislation appears to falter, President Obama plans to soon tour the country to talk about the need to reduce gun violence, a senior administration official confirmed to Fox News. Bloomberg also confirmed Sunday that he plans to spend $12 million to run ads in at least 10 states, suggesting there could be a political price to pay for opposing the measures.
Making clear he intends to be a counterweight to the NRA, Bloomberg said he wants to make sure the powerful gun lobby is not “the only voice” in this debate. If he can achieve that, Bloomberg said, “then I think my money would be well spent.”
LaPierre bristled at Bloomberg’s comments.
“He can’t spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the American public,” LaPierre said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “He can’t buy America.”
But he can try. And lie while doing so.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns and other gun-control advocates frequently cite a mid-1990s study that suggests about 40 percent of U.S. gun transfers were conducted by private sellers not subject to federal background checks. Based on 2011 FBI data, the group estimates 6.6 million firearms transfers are made without a background check for the receiver.
Newly minted gun control advocate, Joe Scarborough has said it on ‘Morning Joe.’ Mayor Nanny Bloomberg repeats it constantly, and of course gun grabbing organizations such as The Brady Campaign use it constantly. President Obama himself said it yesterday when offering up his gun control proposals.
It’s one of these “facts” that just gets repeated so often that nobody bothers to check to see if its true.
And it’s not true. At the very least, it is very misleading for people to continue to repeat it. So the first question you’re probably wondering is, “Where did they get this information?”
It turns out, the figure comes from a brief put together by the National Institute of Justice in May of 1997. The relevant portion where people get the 40 percent figure comes from pages 6-7 where it says:
We conclude that approximately 60 percent of gun acquisitions involved an FFL and hence were subject to Federal regulations on such matters as out-of-State sales, criminal history checks, and recordkeeping. A somewhat higher percentage of handgun acquisitions than long gun acquisitions involved FFLs. The remaining acquisitions, amounting to about 2 million per year, were off-the-books transfers in the secondary market.
Be very suspicious of those who lie to promote their agenda. They likely don’t have your best interest at heart. Especially those who’ve already broken the law.