Friday, June 19, 2015

CNN's Smart Take on SC Church Massacre .... blame gun shows?


At least if you can believe the  "CNN Wire NEW YORK" byline.

Sure it starts out with the gun show loophole lie.  But then it gets stranger....

But gun buyers don’t have to go through a background check when they make a purchase at a gun show. 
Most Americans live somewhere near a gun show. The website lists 29 gun shows scheduled for this coming Father’s Day weekend, from Las Vegas and Philadelphia to Hickory, N.C. and Salmon, Idaho 
You won’t find them in cities like New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., where gun laws are far more restrictive."

Huh,  kinda sounds like the mere existence of gun shows is an affront to them. Or at least doing a social signal of "We don't let that stuff happen here".

Do I even have to point out the falsehood of "But gun buyers don’t have to go through a background check when they make a purchase at a gun show. "?

Since FFL's don't have some magic exemption from Federal gun laws when they enter a gun show...

Or is the operative word "gun buyers don't have to"  since they could go to the gun show and do a private sale?  Or go to a parking lot and do a private sale...

But wait the article goes even further.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, and President Obama tried to eliminate the gun show loophole in 2013, with a bill that would have expanded background checks. But Congress didn’t pass it. 
The President’s effort came after the killing of 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut.

Now the "gun show loophole" ban in that bill was a side effect of the overall ban on private sales.

And this isn't even counting that the the perp in that massacre didn't get those guns at a gun show...

But not the weasel words.  The article technically didn't say that the killer in Sandy Hook got his gun from a gun show or that the background check expansion would have prevented him from getting those guns...

Now note this bit of bizarre spin....

After this week’s gun violence at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, where a white man killed nine African-Americans in a racially motivated attack, Obama hinted that he might try again. 
“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this kind of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” he said, in a speech. “It is in our power to do something about it.” 
The killer, Dylann Roof, bought his .45-caliber Glock at a gun store in Charleston, where he would have been required to pass a background check. Though he had been arrested earlier this year for trespassing and drug possession, he apparently met the legal criteria.
Roof also displayed racist symbols on Facebook, but the FBI said that kind of information would not come up in a background check, since the database includes information on prohibited persons as defined in the Gun Control Act."

So... Obama will push to "close the gunshow looophole" even though once again... gun shows weren't involved?

And once again instead of outright lying, the article simply uncritically presents the president's line of  "this doesn't happen in".

Also then the last sentence is just strangely constructed both grammatically and logically.

To shift gears. The folks at PA Gunblog are worried about the whole "he passed an NICS check".  Sure there's been a lot of mass shooters that have done exactly that, and the antis have mostly used those massacres to demand for... private sale bans.

Now the Antis may change tactics and push to make the NICS more intrusive  such as expanding what would make a prohibited person.  Or just making the check more of a pain in the ass.

Or... in this case they may demand a gunshow ban.

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