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Worse and more dangerous than black market sales? “A 1997 U.S. Justice Department survey of 14,285 state prison inmates found that among those inmates who carried a firearm during the offense for which they were sent to jail, 0.7% obtained the firearm at a gun show, 1% at a flea market, 3.8% from a pawn shop, 8.3% from a retail store, 39.2% through an illegal/street source, and 39.6% through family or friends [who may have purchased the gun from an illegal/street source].”

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  1. Whoa, whoa, whoa….hold your horses there. You mean to say that criminals obtain their weapons through criminal means? Outrageous sir!

  2. This come from guy thinks that mosque near ground zero great thing build near where twin towers once where in 911. Gee buy way 18th amendment prohibition was was huge failure so do not see work so well force on people gun rights. It funny alot people pushing hardiest for gun control come out mostly from one place New York. Msnbc where there from New York. Proof again Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.). pushing hi clip mag ban . Gee like see some one from New York that does work in main stream media who is mayor come say how they think city gun control work out for them. Becuase I know alot people from New York move out city there go buy handgun soon as they can becuase they have freedom do when they leave there becuase to hard owen one there.

  3. Robert, I’m afraid that’s circular logic right there about where the criminals got their guns. Or maybe it just doesn’t go back far enough. If you go back far enough all the guns were owned legally by a private citizen or a firearms dealer. So they all started out there and slipped into the criminal world. After that it doesn’t matter how many criminal hands they went through.

    It’s you legitimage gun owners who can’t seem to hang onto your guns. That’s the problem and Bloomberg knows this.

    • I know! Let’s go all the way back to the manufacturer! Stop making guns and they’ll stop getting into the hands of criminals! Eventually. In, say, a hundred years.

      Think about this. Let’s say you multiply the percentage of guns purchased by criminals at gun shows by a factor of ten, to account for “seepage.” That would yield a stat of slightly less than 10 percent. Double that. Make it twenty percent. Which still leaves 80 percent of guns used in crimes sourced by other means.

      Any way you look at this, the gun show loophole is more like the eye of a needle. Wouldn’t MAIG’s efforts be FAR better spent working to stiffen jail sentences for criminals who use guns? Isn’t that common sense?


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