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Gun background checks hit a new record on Black Friday

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From USA Today: The FBI was flooded Friday with more than 200,000 background check requests for gun purchases, setting a new single day record, the bureau reported Saturday.
In all, the FBI fielded 203,086 requests on Black Friday, up from the previous single-day highs of 185,713 last year and 185,345 in 2015. The two previous records also were recorded on Black Friday.
Gun checks, required for purchases at federally licensed firearm dealers, are not a measure of actual gun sales. The number of firearms sold Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in one transaction by a single buyer.
The surging numbers received by the bureau’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), comes just days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a sweeping review of the system, which allowed a court-martialed Air Force veteran to purchase the rifle used earlier this month to kill 25 people inside a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church.
The victims included a pregnant woman whose unborn child also died in the Nov. 5 massacre.
Following the shooting, the Air Force acknowledged it had not provided the FBI with details of the court martial, which likely would have blocked the 2016 sale of the murder weapon to Devin Kelley.
In a memo issued Wednesday, Sessions ordered the FBI and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to review the NICS system.
The breakdown in the Kelley case highlighted longstanding problems within the system, which for more than 20 years has served as the centerpiece of the government’s effort to block criminals from obtaining firearms. Yet it has largely struggled to keep pace with the volume of firearm transactions and still properly maintain the databases of criminal and mental health records necessary to determine whether buyers are eligible to purchase guns.
Last year, the FBI official overseeing NICS was forced to transfer personnel from construction projects and units that oversee the gathering of crime statistics to keep up with the surge of requests for background checks. The office processed a record 27.5 million background checks in 2016.
Stephen Morris, a former assistant FBI director, told USA TODAY after the shooting that the NICS system has long been plagued by incomplete or outdated information.
In many cases, a background check may show a record of arrest, but there is no additional information to indicate whether the case was dismissed or resulted in a felony conviction which would prohibit a gun purchase.
The mere record of arrest is not enough to prohibit a gun sale, so FBI analysts must race to fill such information gaps within the three-day time period allotted for each check. The search sometimes requires inquiries to police departments, courthouses and prisons across the country to match final dispositions to the incomplete records.
Read the rest of the story here.
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Gabby Giffords' gun control group sues the Trump Admin

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“Assault rifles” for me but not for thee.


If a gun grabber showed at least some interest in enforcing current gun laws, I might reevaluate their agenda. But they aren’t so I won’t.
From HuffPo: The gun control group led by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) is suing the Trump administration for failing to turn over documents that could show the National Rifle Association’s influence over President Donald Trump’s gun policies.
The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a lawsuit against the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Tuesday in the the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The gun safety group is accusing ATF of refusing to respond to multiple Freedom of Information Act requests for documents relating to communications between administration officials and the NRA.
Specifically, Giffords’ group filed FOIA requests seeking any records relating to Trump administration policies on concealed carry reciprocity, gun silencers, bump stocks and assault weapon exports; evidence that Donald Trump Jr. improperly lobbied on behalf of gun manufacturing companies; communications between gun lobbying groups and senior administration officials following last month’s mass shooting in Las Vegas; and attempts by the NRA to review bump stock regulations in coordination with ATF.
HuffPost reached out to ATF for comment late Thursday afternoon. The person who answered the phone said nobody was available via email or phone to give a comment until Friday morning.
Trump’s firearms agenda is certainly proceeding along lines favored by the gun lobby.
In February, a leaked ATF document revealed a top official at the bureau urging a series of proposals that the NRA has long advocated. Last spring, the NRA sunk $1 million into helping Trump get Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch confirmed.
Last week, NBC obtained White House talking points being distributed to Trump allies on how to talk about the Las Vegas massacre. They sound a lot like the NRA’s talking points after mass shootings.
“The Trump administration appears willing to let the National Rifle Association dictate its federal gun safety policy, which includes remaining silent on how to stem our nation’s gun violence epidemic,” said Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Giffords Law Center. “Protecting the safety of Americans should be the top priority of any president. Unfortunately, gun lobby profits seem to be more important to President Trump.”
There have been 307 mass shootings in 2017, according to a New York Times tracker. Neither Congress nor Trump has taken any real action in response.
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King County cops teaming up to fight rise in gun violence

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In August 2015, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to establish a tax on gun and ammunition sales in the city, and to require gun owners to report lost and stolen firearms to police. At the time, council president Tim Burgess said this: “Gun violence is a public-health crisis in our city and our nation. City government can and must pursue innovative gun-safety measures that save lives and save money.”
It’s been two years since that gun tax was adopted. And it’s working about as well as you would expect…
From MyNorthwest.com: In his 4 ½ years as King County sheriff, John Urquhart cannot recall a time or an issue that brought together nearly every high-ranking law enforcement official in the Puget Sound region. Until Wednesday, when the region’s recent rise in gun violence put local and federal law enforcement in one room.
Most recently, there were six shootings in two days in the Seattle region. The issue is so severe that Urquhart was blunt while speaking with KIRO Radio’s Ron and Don.
“Young people with guns, that’s exactly what it is … my message to parents is if you think your kids are out there with guns – and I think most parents know – you better put a stop to it, even if you have to call us,” Urquhart said. “Because if you don’t, they are going to get killed. Either we are going to kill them – which is what happened in Seattle two weeks ago – or other people out there, other kids with guns are going to kill them. That’s how serious this is. We don’t want to kill them, we don’t want your kid to get killed. Do something about it.”
The meeting on Wednesday brought together the Washington State Patrol, Seattle Police Department, ATF, DEA, FBI, the DOC, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Marshal’s Office — each discussing how they have noticed the rise in gun violence.
“There has been an uptick in some gang activity,” Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole told KIRO 7. “…We had the death of an innocent 16-year-old girl here, just around the corner. We had an elderly couple in the middle of the night that were subject to gunfire. It has to stop. The community is not going to tolerate it, and the police department is not going to tolerate it.”
Urquhart wouldn’t say exactly what tactics are going to be used moving forward, but he did provide some insight. “They are real simple: Boots on the ground,” he said. “We’re are going to go out there and if you have got guns, if you are shooting people, if you are doing drive-bys, we are going to find you and we are going to arrest you, and we are going to work together to find out who is doing this.”
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In just the first four months of 2017, the King County Sheriff’s Office has already logged a considerable number of firearm-related incidents in unincorporated parts of the county. The sheriff did not have the numbers from previous years on hand, but did say that they are “way up.”

  • 14 homicides
  • 40 shootings (people struck by gunfire, but survived)
  • 100 drive-by shootings
  • A total of 120 shots fired were reported to 911 in cities that the sheriff covers (Des Moines, Kent, etc.)

The numbers do not reflect Seattle’s statistics. Seattle shots fired in a 12-month period starting in April:

  • 2013: 73 reports
  • 2014: 76 reports
  • 2015: 113 reports
  • 2016: 103 reports
  • 2017: 119 reports

“The only common denominator is all the guns,” Urquhart said. “Individuals, groups of people, some gangs involved, but not 100 percent. It would be a mistake to say that this is a gang problem, because that is not exactly what this is in every situation.”
“This could be as simple as somebody disrespecting somebody else’s mother or somebody else’s girlfriend … There’s no one situation that applies to all this violence except that everybody has guns and they are shooting people,” he said. “They are shooting innocent people and they are shooting up houses.”
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Orlando gay-club shooting shows failure of government on every level

Once again, anomalies are emerging about Sunday’s massacre-by-shooting of 49 patrons of a “gay” nightclub in Orlando, Florida, by 29-year-old Omar Mateen.
Whatever the Orlando shooting turns out to be, which Fellowship of the Minds will tackle as we did with the Sandy Hook false-flag, one thing should be said about Orlando that no one in the MSM seems to have noted:

The Orlando gay-club shooting of June 12, 2016, reveals the utter failure of government on every level.

Among the many charges of government, the most important is to protect and ensure the safety and security of citizens.
But in the Orlando mass shooting incident, the present government of the United States of America has been an abject failure in discharging that responsibility — from the federal government of the Obama Administration down to the local government of the city of Orlando.
Orlando shooting policeBelow are the failed government agencies:

1. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Mateen was on the FBI’s radar for several years. An FBI spokesperson said that the FBI twice interviewed Matten in 2013 after he had made threats to a coworker, and once in 2014 after he was linked to an American suicide bomber. In both instances, the FBI found no sufficient evidence to continue with their investigations. As a result, Mateen was not under investigation or surveillance when he committed the massacre.

2. Bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives (ATF)

Omar Mateen had two licenses to carry firearms in Florida: a Class D license, given to security guards; and a Class G license, which is a general concealed carry license. An ATF spokesperson confirmed that Mateen was able to legally purchase guns, and bought both of the weapons used in the attack within the last week. (Gawker)

3. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

From September 2007 until his death, Omar Mateen was an employee of G4S Security Solutions USA.
G4S is a security contractor for federal government agencies, among which is the DHS with which G4S has a lucrative contract of more than $234 million. One of the tasks G4S is contracted to perform for DHS is to identify suspected terrorists trying to enter the U.S.  (See “Orlando terrorist-killer Omar Mateen worked for a security firm with DHS contract to identify suspected terrorist“)
Omar Mateen was a terrorist.

4. Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Orlando Police Department

According to a timeline of the shooting incident on June 12, 2016:

  • At 2:02 a.m., shooting erupts at the Pulse nightclub when the club’s uniformed security guard and two nearby officers open fire on the shooter, presumably Mateen, and “a gun battle ensues”.
  • The shooter then goes into the club, where he would shoot dead 49, wound another 53, and take the remainder hostage.
  • By 2:09 a.m., some 100 officers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Orlando Police Department had arrived.
  • At 2:22 a.m., shooter calls 911 to pledge allegiance to ISIS.
  • By 3:58 a.m., the phalanx of armed police assembled outside already knew the perp was shooting people inside the club because a post on Orlando Police Department’s official Twitter account says: “Shooting at Pulse Nightclub on S Orange. Multiple injuries. Stay away from area.”
  • At around 5:00 a.m., heavily armed SWAT team members use an armored vehicle to smash down a door at the club, clearing the way for some 30 people inside to flee to safety. SWAT officers confront the suspect in the doorway, shoot and kill him.

Police say they had to wait three hours to access the situation, get armored vehicles on the scene and make sure they had enough personnel.
In other words, for three whole hours, knowing full well that the armed perp was shooting people inside the club, the armed police did nothing, leaving the dying and wounded to fester. How many of the 49 who died would have lived if the police had broken into the club earlier?
Having failed to secure citizens’ lives and safety, our government — in the person of President Barack Obama — proposes that the solution is more gun control. In effect, this criminal regime not only does not and will not protect us, they want to take away the means for us to protect ourselves.
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Seattle to test gunshot-locator system in Rainier Valley, Central District

Just how, exactly, will this technology quell gun violence? It allows police to respond to gun shots, not prevent them. That’s liberal logic for ‘ya.

Ed Murray (center) along one of the rainbow sidewalks installed in Seattle to prevent crime.

From Seattle Times: Concerned by a recent spate of shootings, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Thursday the city is launching a one-year pilot project to test a gunshot-locator system in Rainier Valley and the Central District.
The acoustic gunshot-locator technology uses microphones, sensors and cameras mounted overhead in neighborhoods to identify shots and triangulate the location of gunfire. Murray said the technology allows police to respond to reports of shots fired even before 911 is called. Seattle officials hope the system can help quell the recent spate of gun violence.
Since the start of the year, according to city officials, there have been 144 reports of gunshots fired, leading to five deaths and 24 people wounded.
Murray noted the majority of victims are young African Americans.
Murray, along with Council President Bruce Harrell, Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw and Tim Burgess, Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole and community leaders, gathered at Rainier Beach Community Center on Thursday to discuss the technology aimed at enhancing public safety and increasing police response times.
“This is the very best way to keep a very safe city safer,” Murray said.
He noted the announcement of the pilot project comes two years after the deadly shooting at Seattle Pacific University as well as the shooting deaths of Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, and Ahmed Said, 27, in Seattle. The young men’s alleged killer, Ali Muhammad Brown, is also facing murder charges in New Jersey.
Last year, the Seattle office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms received federal money to install and operate a gunshot-locator system across one square mile, according to a memo to Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess from Seattle police Chief Operating Officer Brian Maxey. The memo notes that the highest concentrations of shots-fired reports in Seattle are in the Central District and Rainier Valley. “
If the privacy concerns can be addressed and property ameliorated … deployment of (a locator system) could provide a valuable resource to officers investigating shots-fired incidents,” the SPD memo says, calling a joint effort with the ATF a cost-effective way to test the technology.
Murray said Thursday the city would ensure the city’s commitment to privacy is maintained before launching the new program.
The idea for a gunshot-locator system isn’t new and has been debated by city officials since at least 2012. That year, Harrell had vendor ShotSpotter, of Mountain View, Calif., make a presentation to the council’s public-safety committee. Then-Mayor Mike McGinn allocated $1 million for a system, but the council later cut the item. DCG

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Rifle found at El Chapo hideout tied to Fast and Furious

And the State Run Media is doing their best to protect Obama and Holder. According to Newsbusters, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Univision censored El Chapo weapon being linked to Fast and Furious during their Wednesday night broadcasts. Shocker, not.
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Via NY Post: One of the guns that Mexican officials say was found at the hideout of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera has been found to be associated with Fast and Furious, a failed “gun-walking” operation, according to the Justice Department.
The department said in a letter to members of Congress that a .50-caliber rifle that Mexican officials sent for tracing after Guzman’s arrest in January has been connected to Fast and Furious.
Officials say the weapon was one of 19 firearms that Mexican authorities said were recovered from the hideout and was the only one determined to be associated with the botched sting operation, in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed gun runners to buy weapons in hopes of tracking them and disrupting gun smuggling rungs.
The rifle was bought in July 2010 in a straw purchase by someone not known to ATF at the time. The buyer was later identified and came under investigation but was never indicted. The weapon is not known to be associated with any other crime, the Justice Department says.

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry


As of January, the ATF said it had recovered 885 firearms purchased by targets of Operation Fast and Furious. Several of those have been linked to violent crimes, including a 2010 firefight near the Mexican border during which Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed.
“ATF and the department deeply regret that firearms associated with Operation Fast and Furious have been used by criminals in the commission of violent crimes, particularly crimes resulting in the deaths of civilians and law enforcement officials,” Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik, head of the Justice Department’s legislative affairs office, wrote in a March 15 letter to congressional leaders.
After escaping from a Mexican prison last year, Guzman was recaptured in January in the western state of Sinaloa after fleeing a safe house through a storm sewer. Mexican officials initially submitted eight rifles for tracing that they said were recovered from the home in Sinaloa where Guzman was captured. None of those weapons was found to be linked to Fast and Furious, the Justice Department said.
Later, Mexican officials requested a trace on an additional 11 rifles they said had also been seized from the home, but unlike the others, had been sent to Mexico City prior to submission for tracing.
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Obama administration forcing new gun buyers to declare race, ethnicity

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Washington Times: The Obama administration quietly has been forcing new gun buyers to declare their race and ethnicity, a policy change that critics say provides little law enforcement value while creating the risk of privacy intrusions and racial profiling.
With little fanfare, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2012 amended its Form 4473 — the transactional record the government requires gun purchasers and sellers to fill out when buying a firearm — to identify buyers as either Hispanic, Latino or not. Then a buyer must check his or her race: Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander or white.
The amendment is causing a headache for gun retailers, as each box needs to be checked off or else it’s an ATF violation — severe enough for the government to shut a business down. Many times people skip over the Hispanic/Latino box and only check their race, or vice versa — both of which are federal errors that can be held against the dealer.
Requiring the race and ethnic information of gun buyers is not required by federal law and provides little law enforcement value, legal experts say. And gun industry officials worry about how the information is being used and whether it constitutes an unnecessary intrusion on privacy.
“This issue concerns me deeply because, first, it’s offensive, and, secondly, there’s no need for it,” said Evan Nappen, a private practice firearms lawyer in New Jersey. “If there’s no need for an amendment, then there’s usually a political reason for the change. What this indicates is it was done for political reasons, not law enforcement reasons.”
ATF said the change came about because it needed to update its forms to comply with an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reporting standard put into effect during the Clinton administration. The ATF declined to comment on why race and ethnicity information are needed in the first place or what they are used for. On its prior 4473 forms, the bureau had been collecting race data.
OMB’s race and ethnicity standards require agencies to ask both race and ethnicity in a specific manner (as done on [Form 4473]), and agencies may not ask for one without asking for the other,” wrote Elizabeth Gosselin, a spokeswoman for the ATF, in an emailed response to The Washington Times. She did not say why the agency suddenly made the change in response to a rule that was more than a decade old.
For ATF to ask for a purchaser’s race and ethnicity is not specifically authorized under federal statute, and since a government-issued photo ID — like a driver’s license — and a background check are already required by law to purchase a gun, the ethnicity/race boxes aren’t there for identification reasons, Mr. Nappen said.
“There is nothing [in ATF or OMB’s website links addressing the change in policy] that supports the requirement that ATF collect race-based information. The OMB guidance merely describes what categories of race should look like if information is collected,” Laura Murphy, the American Civil Liberties Union director for legislative affairs in Washington, said in an emailed statement.
In addition, Mrs. Murphy notes, the OMB guidance was supposed to be implemented by 2003; there’s no information given why ATF decided to make this change almost a decade later, she said. “If there is a civil rights enforcement reason for the ATF to collect this data, I have not heard that explanation from ATF or any other federal agency,” said Mrs. Murphy.
Both the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza — the nation’s largest national Hispanic civil rights group — declined comment.
The 4473 form is supposed to be kept in a gun retailer’s possession at all times — allowing ATF agents to inspect the form only during the course of a criminal investigation or during a random audit of the dealer. The form is to be kept out of the hands of the government, hence the distinction between “sales/transaction form” and “registration form.” But that isn’t always the case, gun rights advocates say.
“We’ve been contacted by several dealers saying ATF is or has been making wholesale copies of their 4473 forms, and it’s just not legal,” said Erich Pratt, spokesman for Gun Owners of America, a gun advocacy group. “If this is what they’re doing somewhat out in the open, what’s going on behind closed doors? Are these names and demographic information getting phoned [in and] punched into a government computer? Do they ever come out?
During the time ATF revised its 4473 form to include Hispanic or Latino as an ethnicity, the Obama administration was building gun control cases by saying U.S. firearms dealers were supplying Mexican gangs with weapons and that violence related to the sales was seeping across the border.
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In March 2009, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Mexico City and gave a speech against American gun stores and owners — blaming them for the drug cartels’ violence. Mrs. Clinton subsequently told CBS News that “90 percent” of the “guns that are used by the drug cartels against the police and military” actually “come from America.”
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About a week later, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. made the same points at a gun trafficking conference outside of Mexico City. In April, the president himself flew down to Mexico to inform President Felipe Calderon that Mr. Holder was going to review U.S. law enforcement operations, according to a 2011 report by the American Thinker.
This political worldview may have fueled decision-making at ATF, Mr. Nappen suggests. Around the same time that ATF started specifying “Latino/Hispanic” on their U.S. purchasing forms, they also required border firearms dealers in Texas, Arizona, California and New Mexico to start reporting multiple rifle sales.
In 2012, when ATF made the Form 4473 modification, they insisted their new reporting requirement for multiple rifle sales in those border states had led to “follow-up investigations involving transactions that might indicate firearms trafficking activities.”
“Was it coincidental [that] about the time the form changed the requirements came in that border states had to report multiple rifle sales, and there was a push in the antigun movement to claim American guns were arming Mexican cartels south of the border?” asked Mr. Nappen.
Although gun advocates speculate on the reasoning behind changing the form, on one thing they are clear: Requiring ethnicity and race to purchase a gun is a clear government overstep, violating Second Amendment rights.
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“It’s an overreach, not authorized by Congress, taken upon [by ATF] unilaterally,” said Mr. Pratt. “The president has said his biggest frustration has been not getting gun control enacted — but we can see he’s been very active with his phone and his pen. And this certainly — either intentionally or unintentionally — feeds that notion.”
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Obama plans gun confiscation in DOJ memo?

guns-make-us-less-safeMore than a year ago, the National Rifle Association (NRA) obtained what the association calls “an internal memo” of the Department of Justice (DOJ) exposing Obama’s plans for gun registration and confiscation. Being an internal memo, it was never released to the public.

The memo is actually a 9-page research report titledSummary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies” and dated Jan. 4, 2013, written by Greg Ridgeway, Ph.D., Deputy Director, National Institute of Justice. 

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is a research, development and evaluation agency of the DOJ. NIJ is notable among federal governmental research organizations because it is headed by a political appointee of the President rather than by a scientist or a member of the civil service. NIJ is currently headed by John Laub. Its deputy director Greg Ridgeway had come to the NIJ from the RAND Corporation.

The NIJ report’s date of January 4, 2013, is significant because it was 19 days after the alleged shooting massacre of 20 kids and 6 adult women at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Although the NRA had obtained the report in February 2013, it hesitated to make public the report, uncertain as to the veracity of the information. On November 18, 2013, the NRA finally confirmed rumors of the report when its spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told Bearing Arms the DOJ memo is legitimate.

DIJ’s 9-page report, “Summary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies,” begins with a statistic on firearm homicides in America — an average of “about 11,000 firearm homicides every year,” which include intentional firearm homicides as well as firearm deaths from suicides and accidental discharges. The report, however, does not separate those categories, so we are not told how many firearm homicides were intentional and criminal, but we are told that fatalities from “mass shootings,” defined as “those with 4 or more victims in a particular place and time” (like Sandy Hook) account on average for 35 fatalities per year.

The report next states its purpose, which is to assess the effectiveness of various gun control measures to reduce firearm violence:

“This document provides a cursory summary of select initiatives to reduce firearm violence and an assessment of the evidence for the initiative.”

The rest of the 9-page report consists of a review of 10 types of gun control measures that have been implemented and an assessment of their effectiveness/ineffectiveness:

1. Gun buybacks are ineffective as generally implemented, “unless massive and coupled with a ban.”

2. Large capacity magazines restrictions have “great potential to reduce lethality; requires a massive reduction in supply.”

3. Ammunition logs increase “opportunities to detect illegal firearm possessors.”

4. Universal background checks’ “Effectiveness depends on the ability to reduce straw purchasing, requiring gun registration and an easy gun transfer process.” (Straw purchasers are gun buyers who have no record of a prohibiting offense.)

5. Straw purchasers are “the primary source of crime guns” and “the largest source for the illicit market.” Given that, the report recommends that straw purchases “should be the focus.” However, “There is little evidence on what works.” As an example, the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and NSSF (National Shooting Sport Foundation) sponsored the “Don’t Lie for the Other Guy” public awareness campaign starting in 2000 “but there are no evaluation reports of its effectiveness.”

6. Require all gun transfers to occur at an FFL (Federal Firearms License): “Some states, such as California, require all transfers of guns to be properly documented (since 1923). This usually requires the involvement of a federally licensed dealer in the transaction. Despite this, straw purchasing continues largely unabated.”

7. Gun shows “do provide firearms to the illicit market, but the problem is not uniquely about gun shows but rather secondary transfers of unregulated private sellers. Gun shows simply convene numerous private sellers along with FFLs. Gun shows in states requiring all transfers to be documented have fewer illegal gun sales.”

8. Gun registration and continuous checks for possession eligibility: “Universal checks are insufficient for ensuring that firearm owners remain eligible. Convictions, mental health issues, and restraining orders can develop after the background checks. Recovering guns from those that become ineligible is likely effective. […] The challenge to implementing this more broadly is that most states do not have a registry of firearm ownership.”

9. Assault weapon ban: While recognizing that “Assault weapons are not a major contributor to gun crime,” the DIJ report nevertheless emphasizes how the existing stock of assault weapons is large because of a 1994 law exempting weapons manufactured before 1994. The existence of an estimated 1.5 million assault weapons in the United States undercuts the effectiveness of assault weapon bans.

Interestingly, the DIJ reports points out that prior to the 1994 ban, assault weapons were used in only 2-8% of crimes. “Therefore a complete elimination of assault weapons would not have a large impact on gun homicides.” Despite that, the report still recommends a ban on assault weapons, insisting such a ban “could be effective” if coupled with a gun buyback and no exemptions.

10. Smart guns (technology installed that would preclude anyone but the owner of a gun from using it) are “Most appropriate for making guns child safe or preventing police officers from being assaulted with their own firearm” but are “Unlikely to affect gun crime.”

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Websites that have reported on this “DOJ memo” represent the NIJ report as stating the Obama administration “believes that a gun ban will not work without mandatory gun confiscation” and “national gun registration.” (See, for example, Red Flag News and The Examiner.)

It must be pointed out that NOWHERE in the NIJ report does it say that. The report does not have a conclusion or a policy recommendation. For that matter, the word “confiscation” is not even in the 9-page report.

However, a policy of nation-wide gun confiscation and gun registration may be IMPLIED or DERIVED from the report’s assessment of the general ineffectiveness of the ten types of gun control measures that do exist today. But to draw such a conclusion is a big leap in cause-and-effect logic because, since every gun control measure that has been tried falls short in significantly curtailing gun violence, who’s to say that a nation-wide gun registration and/or confiscation would work?

Aside from that dubious IMPLIED policy recommendation, what I find to be noteworthy in the NIJ report is the author’s admission that since assault weapons are not a major contributor to gun crime, a complete elimination of assault weapons would not have a large impact on gun homicides.

Which then raises the question of why politicians like Sen. Diane Feinstein are so hellbent on banning and eliminating assault weapons.

Read the report for yourself here or here.

H/t FOTM’s Gingercake

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House committee finds Obama's AG Eric Holder in contempt

Today, at the end of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s hearing on “Fast & Furious,” the committee found U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. The vote was 23-17, with 100% of the Republicans for it and 100% of the Democrats on the committee voting against it.
Sean Drury reports for Mauldin Patch that the contempt move is tied to Holder’s request on behalf of the Obama administration, to invoke Executive Privilege with regard to the release of documents related to the investigation of “Operation Fast and Furious.”
Fast and Furious was a program run by the The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that saw the agency sell high-powered firearms to Mexican arms dealers and drug cartels. The goal of the program was to track the weapons and then link to criminal organizations in Mexico and the United States. The program began in 2006 during the Bush administration under the name of “Project Wide Receiver.”
The programs, commonly referred to as “gunwalking” have seen over 2,000 weapons sold, 700 of which have been recovered. At least 200 Mexican citizens have been killed with weapons tied to “gunwalking” programs.
In December 2010, however, a US Border Patrol agent named Brian Terry was killed by one of the “gunwalking” weapons. Spurred by Terry’s death, an ATF agent named John Dodson (who now resides in the Upstate) reported his concerns about the nature of the program, which ultimately led to the investigation being launched by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
As the investigation intensified, calls were made for Holder to be more forthcoming and even for his resignation in some cases. In recent weeks, the committee asked for more documents to continue the investigation, but Holder invoked executive privilege saying releasing the documents would have “significant, damaging consequences.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has announced that a full House floor vote will take place next week.
Here is Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) ripping into Eric Holder:
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Fast and Furious weapons found in Mexico cartel enforcer's home

From The Los Angeles Times/Nation
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By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
October 8, 2011
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Guns illegally purchased under the ATF operation were found in April hidden in violence-plagued Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, court records show

This arsenal uncovered by police in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in April turned out to include weapons from the ATF’s ill-fated Fast and Furious operation. (Associated Press)

Reporting from Washington—

High-powered assault weapons illegally purchased under the ATF’s Fast and Furious program in Phoenix ended up in a home belonging to the purported top Sinaloa cartel enforcer in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, whose organization was terrorizing that city with the worst violence in the Mexican drug wars.
In all, 100 assault weapons acquired under Fast and Furious were transported 350 miles from Phoenix to El Paso, making that West Texas city a central hub for gun traffickers. Forty of the weapons made it across the border and into the arsenal of Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, a feared cartel leader in Ciudad Juarez, according to federal court records and trace documents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The smugglers’ tactics — quickly moving the weapons far from ATF agents in southern Arizona, where it had been assumed they would circulate — vividly demonstrate that what had been viewed as a local problem was much larger. Six other Fast and Furious guns destined for El Paso were recovered in Columbus, N.M.
Full coverage: ATF’s Fast and Furious scandal
“These Fast and Furious guns were going to Sinaloans, and they are killing everyone down there,” said one knowledgeable U.S. government source, who asked for anonymity because of the ongoing investigations. “But that’s only how many we know came through Texas. Hundreds more had to get through.”
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