“The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, joined by community leaders, launched a national initiative utilizing protests, petitions, a code of conduct and lawsuits to ‘Stop Bad Apple Gun Dealers’ that turn a blind eye to gun traffickers, straw purchasers and criminals, and flood our nation’s streets with guns used in crimes,” kansasfirstnews.com reports. “An astonishing 60 percent of crime guns come from just one percent of gun dealers.” Whoa, that’s a lot of fail in a little space. But there is some win, too. The campaign (which began Saturday at Chuck’s Guns in Chicago) is a tacit admission by anti-gunners that there are “good” gun dealers. OK, back to the usual gun control-flavored epic mischaracterization and misrepresentation . . .
Start with this: the so-called “bad apple” gun dealers are doing nothing wrong. They’re selling a legal product legally to customers who are legally allowed to purchase firearms. If these guns then end-up in the hands of criminals or crazies, it is not the gun store owners’ responsibility. In the exact same way that a car dealer is not responsible for people who purchase cars and then commit vehicular homicide.
If, however, some of these gun dealers are selling guns illegally, then arrest them! If they’re not, well, how do the Brits put it? Piss off. The fact that more police recovered “crime guns” can be traced to gun stores in low-income urban areas than gun dealers in posh neighborhoods tells us what? Nothing.
Especially when you consider the fact that the vast majority of guns used in crimes were sold privately (illegally) or stolen from their original owner(s) (also illegal). According to the Department of Justice Survey cited above, just 8.3 percent of “crime guns” were purchased from a gun store by the [really, really stupid] criminal who used it. .7 percent bought them from gun shows, BTW.
Of course there’s no anti-gun fun in that analysis, is there? Better to smear individual gun dealers and, by extension, the “gun lobby.” To paraphrase Montell Jordan, this is how they do it . . .
“These ‘bad apple’ gun dealers choose profits over people and are largely responsible for America’s gun violence problem,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “We are working to mobilize communities directly impacted every day by the guns these bad apple dealers put on their streets to demand change. We are all fed up with the violence in our communities and this is something that we can all do to make a real difference – to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and to keep our children safe.”
Did you notice there’s no “there” there? Sure there’s an implication that the gun dealers are arming criminals on purpose,. But there’s no accusation of illegal activity – aside from the “blind eye” bidness headlining their kvetch. And yet the Bad Apple bitching marks the [supposed] launch of a lawsuit against a gun dealer in Philadelphia for . . . something. And the Brady’s new Code of Conduct for gun dealers.
The “Stop Bad Apple Gun Dealers” Campaign also features a Code of Conduct that Brady activists will demand that gun dealers across the nation follow. The Code of Conduct defines some policies and practices gun dealers should adopt to prevent the diversion of guns into the illegal market. Each element of the proposed Code has either been suggested by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), imposed as a legal requirement in certain states, accepted by dealers as part of litigation settlements, or urged as a standard by major gun industry trade associations.
Click here to read the code, which mostly includes stipulations that already exist (e.g., not selling to prohibited persons) with a few unconstitutional gun control measures snuck in (e.g., “limit purchases of handguns to one per 30 days per civilian, non-law enforcement customer” and “immediately notify local and federal authorities of any multiple handgun purchases that occur within any ninety day period”).
Not to mention a stricture to videotape all firearms purchases and buy liability insurance for “victims of gun violence.” The latter demand is unnecessary under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005, which shields gun dealers from lawsuits (like the one Brady’s about to launch) trying to hold them responsible for criminal acts committed with their products.
The Brady Campaign is fighting for relevance, now that billionaire ballistic bully Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and its wholly owned subsidiary Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in American have stolen the mainstream media’s liberal limelight. The Brady Bunch’s “Bad Apple” campaign is ill-advised and ill-timed (what with the imminent release of the latest Apple iPhone). Here’s hoping it gets all the success it deserves. None.