Mikey Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, and his new astroturf group, Americans United for Safe Streets, have decided to target 4 Republicans for failing to “take a stand to close the (gun show) ‘Loophole.’”
The 4 targets are Pat Meehan (PA-7), Tom Ganley, (OH-13), Keith Fimian (VA-11), and Rocky Raczkowski (MI-9), 3 in districts labled as “toss up,” one in “leans Dem” by Real Clear Politics.
Our favorite gun grabber, japete, wanted us to know that this campaign
“it puts elected officials right on the spot where they should be- having to defend being beholden to the NRA and voting against measures to save lives.”
Saves lives? “Crime guns” don’t come from gun shows.
• A 2006 FBI study of criminals who attacked law enforcement officers found that within their sample, “None of the [attackers’] rifles, shotguns, or handguns … were obtained from gun shows or related activities.” Ninety-seven percent of guns in the study were obtained illegally, and the assailants interviewed had nothing but contempt for gun laws. As one offender put it, “[T]he 8,000 new gun laws would have made absolutely [no difference], whatsoever, about me getting a gun. … I never went into a gun store or to a gun show or to a pawn shop or anyplace else where firearms are legally bought and sold.”4
• A Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report on “Firearms Use by Offenders” found that fewer than 1% of U.S. “crime guns” came from gun shows, with repeat offenders even less likely than first-timers to buy guns from any retail source. This 2001 study was based on interviews with 18,000 state prison inmates and is the largest such study ever conducted by the government.5
• Previous federal studies have found few criminals using gun shows. A 2000 BJS study, “Federal Firearms Offenders, 1992-98,” found only 1.7% of federal prison inmates obtained their gun from a gun show.6 Similarly, a 1997 National Institute of Justice study reported less than 2% of criminals’ guns come from gun shows.7
But facts be damned. What they are after is a slow ratchet toward universal registration. First confine sales to “authorized” salespersons. Then keep good records. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out. Preventing the private sales of firearms makes having a gun registry a simple technical challenge. A registry becomes a target list just as soon as someone gets stupid enough to think he can get away with confiscating the guns.
What do you think is going to happen on election day? Let’s look at each of the 4 people.
Pat Meehan (PA-7) – running for the House seat vacated by Joe Sestak, the Admiral who was fired from his Navy job forbeing an absolute jerk and is currently getting his guts stomped out running against Pat Toomey. Meehan is currently +3, +1, & +4 on the three polls listed.
Tom Ganley, (OH-13) – The underdog in this pile. He’s being sued for sexual harassment and has pulled his campaign ads. The polls show his opponent +2.
Keith Fimian (VA-11) – In a district that is slightly Dem, there are no polls listed. Still listed as “Toss up”
Rocky Raczkowski (MI-9) – Two polls, one for each candidate, RCP calls it a toss up.
Clearly what Bloomie is trying to do is influence a couple of close elections in hopes of keeping the Dems in power. If he wins he also plans on using that to tell the Dems “See, gun control isn’t such a big loser after all!” He thinks that you are stupid and won’t see through his transparent efforts. It is up to us to point out these gun control measures for what they are, attacks on our freedom.
I think that given the mood of the nation that we’ll win 3 or 4 of these races. $500,000 is chump change to Michael Bloomberg, so he’ll never miss it. Just don’t forget that whenever you hear “Americans United for Safe Streets,” your mind should automatically translate that into “Mike Bloomberg.”
Let’s hope that we get to enjoy rubbing her (and Bloomie’s) face into a big election day victory. If you are in one of those four districts, you know who to vote for.