Brace yourself for a shock. The ATF Is Illegally Hoarding American Gun Owners’ Personal Information – “A government report discovered the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) illegally stockpiles gun owners’ personal information. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the go-to federal oversight agency, conducted an audit of ATF and found it does not remove certain identifiable information, despite the law explicitly mandating it do so. GAO conducted reviews for four data systems, and concluded at least two of ATF’s systems violated official protocols.” Is anyone really surprised by this? Anyone?
Gun Control Fail: Germany Has 4 Illegal Guns for Every Registered Firearm – “According to data from the German Firearms Register, there are almost 5.5 million guns in private ownership belonging to 1.4 million people. But research by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in January estimated there are up to 20 million illegal firearms in Germany.” It’s almost as if criminals (and a lot of otherwise law-abiding citizens) don’t comply with strict gun control laws.
What America Thinks: Why Are Americans Buying Guns at a Record Pace? – “Twenty-three percent (23%) of American Adults say they or someone in their family have bought a gun in the past year. Sixty-six percent (66%) say most gun purchases are for self-defense. Only five percent (5%) think people buy a gun to commit a criminal act. Most Americans remain unconcerned about their safety around those who have legal permits to carry concealed weapons. Forty percent (40%) say the presence of more Americans with concealed weapons will decrease the number of people killed in violent incidents in America. Thirty-one percent (31%) think it will increase violent incidents instead, but one-in-five say more concealed carry permits will make no difference either way.”
A reader attended the NSSF’s Annual Import/Export Conference in DC yesterday and shot the above video of a Gays Against Guns protest. As he tells us, “At various times they chanted ‘no gun control, no peace’ and ‘no gun reform, no peace.’ In my opinion, when they say ‘no peace’ they are threatening to disrupt the peace if they don’t succeed in stripping others of the right to self-defense. That strikes me as a ironic—no peace unless they succeed in stripping you of the right to defend yourself. They also called for a boycott of Marriott for allowing NSSF to meet at their hotel. So they seem to oppose the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms and the First Amendment’s right to free speech and assembly. Strangely, their flyer said, “With love in HEART + freedom of MIND.” George Orwell was not available for comment.