FACT CHECK: As gun control debate heats up, claims get sloppy

  • Article by: CALVIN WOODWARD , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 31, 2013 - 2:42 PM
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sharkysharkFeb. 2, 13 1:10 PM

Thanks for pointing out the truth. The NRA is telling it and is on the side of law-abiding Americans. Making legal owners of firearms scapegoats for failed enforcement of existing laws is simply wrong and no justification for even more legislation.

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minn12Feb. 2, 13 2:49 PM

Really? I think the author of this 'Fact Check' needs to be fact-checked. He simply tries to spin the truth to fool you. There is no question that the last 'assault weapons ban' was a total failure. It did NOT stop Columbine or other shootings during the 10 years it was in effect. No amount of claiming the study that found it a failure as 'nuanced' can change that fact. (Here's a tip: any time a liberal uses the word 'nuanced' it means he was proven wrong, but won't admit it). Here's another big lie the gun-haters are using that this story fails to cite: 'up to 40% of all gun purchases do not involve a background check.' There is zero proof of this. It's simply made up. And claims that you can buy a gun on 'the internet' without a background check is another big lie. Such sales have to go through a licensed dealer. The bottom line is, gun bans and restrictions have been tried before, and failed to make any difference.

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usafnodakFeb. 4, 1312:07 PM

John Lott has a great analogy. Ted Kennedy was a victim of bad or misleading data in the "no fly" list. 5 times he was stopped from boarding an aircraft at his scheduled time. He was eventually allowed to fly each of those 5 times. What John Lott points out is that if we used the same rhetoric as the gun control lobby uses, then we would claim that, in the case of TK, "5 times a terrorist was prevented from boarding and aircraft due to having his background checked against the "no fly" list. We know that isn't true when you look at the entire context of the issue.

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usafnodakFeb. 4, 1312:11 PM

The vast majority of people who are initially denied a purchase of a firearm due to a background check are victims of a false positive. They have a name which is the same or similar to a criminal whose name is on the list. Later, these victims of the false positive are allowed to purchase a firearm, but it can take days to sort out the issue. What if that was a woman who was trying to purchase a firearm because she'd been threatened by an ex boyfriend, estranged husband, etc. She could end up dead while waiting for her "false-positive" to be cleared. Real criminals seldom purchase guns through a licensed dealer. They steal them, buy them on the street, or have an acquaintance purchase one for them in a "straw sale" which is illegal, and which is very hard to stop with a background check, whether universal or not.

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