The mainstream media are an adjunct of the gun control industry in America. They’re willing stenographers for those whose mission it is to roll back or fully repeal Americans’ right to keep and bear arms. It’s really that simple.
There is no evidence to bolster the [Politico’s] assertion that the [NICS background check] system is “completely overwhelmed” or that more people are “slipping through the cracks.” In fact, the FBI spokesperson says in the piece that the NICS “has reallocated resources to address the incoming volume of NICS transactions.”
Also, there’s no such thing as the “Charleston loophole.” I realize that activists such as [Everytown president John] Feinblatt think every gun purchase in America reflects a “loophole” that needs to be closed, but the three-day waiting limit on checks was purposely written into the 1998 law — which makes it the opposite of a loophole. The provision was added to the law to ensure that the FBI couldn’t arbitrarily deny Americans their Second Amendment rights. The Charleston church shooter obtained his gun — despite his drug use — not because of problems with the law but because of a data-entry error. If that is distressing to Feinblatt and his organization, perhaps he should ask the Democratic House to stop ignoring FBI requests for more NICS funding.
The simple truth is that these numbers reflect an established pattern: When gun purchases rise — probably initially owing to the helplessness felt by many people during the COVID-19 lockdown, and later compounded by the lawlessness that erupted in big cities — other numbers will rise with them. Ultimately, Feinblatt’s objection isn’t to more background checks; it’s to more gun ownership. That’s his job, so it’s to be expected. But what’s the media’s excuse?
– David Harsanyi in The Media Can’t Stop Misleading on Guns