Anyone who has followed the gun rights/"gun control" debate for even a short time has heard the gun prohibition lobby's incessant yammering about the mythical "gun show loophole," and more recently, the outright lie that "40% of gun sales occur without a background check." That last has been repeatedly uttered by nearly every forcible citizen disarmament jihadist in America, from Obama on down, despite even the rabidly anti-gun, pro-Obama Washington Post giving that claim "three Pinocchios" for brazen mendacity.
Those claiming that "gun violence" is exacerbated by easily avoided background checks, particularly at gun shows, now have a new problem, this one coming from Virginia. From Newsplex:
The number of arrests of people trying to buy guns illegally at gun shows in Virginia is on the rise.
State police are reporting that there have been 39 arrests at gun shows for the first half of this year.
There were only 47 arrests for all of last year.
How could that be? More aggressive enforcement of gun laws? Apparently not:
State police say they have not changed how they enforce the laws this year, and don't know why more people are being arrested.
Virginia, let us remember, has no "universal background check" law, even at gun shows.
And again, "How can that be?" one might ask. "After all," one might further explain, "I thought the lack of 'universal background checks,' particularly at gun shows, made it a simple matter for felons, terrorists, lunatics, drug addicts and wife beaters to buy guns illegally, but without being caught." And indeed, that's what the gun ban lobby wants you to believe. The news coming out of Virginia gives the lie to that narrative. Didn't the criminals get the memo?
Actually, that's only part of the bad news for gun grabbers coming out of Virginia lately. We also find that while gun sales soar in the state, violent crime is plummeting, leading a flailing Josh Horwitz, of the rabidly anti-gun Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, to scramble for what respected attorney and Second Amendment scholar Dave Hardy calls this "almost incomprehensible response":
Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said that the real question is how many guns are sold without a background check.
"In other words, if people who buy those guns and have a background check, and keep those guns and don't sell them, then you would not expect that those guns would affect the crime rate," Horwitz told the newspaper. "The important analysis is not the total number of guns sold with a background check, but rather the number of guns sold without a background check."
This, remember, from the executive director of a group that only changed its name from the "Coalition to Ban Handguns" when its leadership decided that they also wanted to ban so-called "assault weapons," too. CSGV rarely talks anymore about banning handguns, but they never renounced that position, either. If Virginia's booming gun sales (pun only slightly intended) are anywhere in line with those in the rest of the country--and no one has presented evidence that they are not--it is precisely handguns and so-called "assault weapons" that are leading the way in the heavy sales volume. But now, suddenly, none of that matters--only background checks.
Once more, "gun control" is exposed as an agenda that depends on lies and twisted (il)logic for its very survival. It's well past time to take it off life support.
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