The ‘40 Percent’ Myth


The ‘40 Percent’ Myth
By John Lott

Gun-control advocates have recently been throwing around an impressive new number. President Obama used it last Wednesday, claiming: “as many as 40 percent of guns are purchased without a background check.” Vice President Biden and everyone from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal to USA Today repeatedly use it. That “fact” provided the principal support for his first announced gun-control proposal, “universal background checks.” But unless you include family inheritances and gifts as “purchases,” it is simply false.

Actually, the number reported was a bit lower, 36 percent, and as we will see the true number of guns “sold” without check is closer to 10 percent. More important, the number comes from a 251-person survey on gun sales two decades ago, early in the Clinton administration. More than three-quarters of the survey covered sales before the Brady Act instituted mandatory federal background checks on February 28, 1994. …

But the high figure comes primarily from including such transactions as inheritances or gifts from family members. Putting aside these various biases, if you look at guns that were bought, traded, borrowed, rented, issued as a requirement of the job, or won through raffles, 85 percent went through FFLs; just 15 percent were transferred without a background check.

Beware of Gun-Haters spouting statistics!


Spot on. Anyone who has been to a gun show knows in their gut that the stats are bogus just by looking around and watching…let alone buying something!


“There are three kinds of lies that liberals use: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”


Another whopper.

Obama made many other false statements during his talk. He asserted that “over the last 14 years [background checks] kept 1.5 million of the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun.”

Yet, the world is full of enough adoring §sycophants that they’ll be more than happy to spread those lies.


Here’s a bit of context to what 2c quoted:

Obama made many other false statements during his talk. He asserted that “over the last 14 years [background checks] kept 1.5 million of the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun.” But these were only “initial denials,” not people prevented from buying guns.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms dropped over 94 percent of those “initial denials” after just preliminary reviews. Virtually all the remaining cases were dropped after further investigation by ATF field offices or the Department of Justice. Few of these “initial denials,” 62 people or about 0.1 percent, involved strong enough evidence to be consideration for prosecution. Just 13 pleaded guilty or were convicted.

The 1.5M number Pres. Obama used was real, he just misrepresented (knowingly or unknowingly) its meaning. Of those 1.5M, all but about some 90K got the gun they were purchasing almost undelayed. Of those 90K, just 62 were prosecuted, with 13 guilty pleas or convictions. So, pick your PC poison. Of Obama’s touted 1.5M, 6% may have been justifiably denied … or maybe .05% were justifiably denied … or maybe .01% were justifiably denied. No matter which number you find to your liking, that’s a lot of innocent John Smiths and Jane Joneses snared by government misidentification! It also means: 1.) the government is spending a huge amount of $$ to keep a very few felons from buying guns; 2.) the vast majority of criminals are getting their guns other than through gun stores.


Even with that, most people of average intelligence are well aware that firearms legally exchange hands daily - with no background check.
I can’t even imagine the numbers of exchanges that may be illegal.

IOW, it’s next to impossible to even make a guesstimate.

And this guy has MAJOR COJONES coming out acting like a do-gooder with ‘gun control’ right after out-right selling/giving the Mexican cartels a ton of them…
…with no background checks.

I swear - this guy takes the cake!