Democrat Backed Gun Study Backfires
Kevin Felts 01.09.18
We previously reported about a gun study in which federal agents attempted to buy guns online. During the process of buying a firearm, the federal agent told the seller they were prohibited from owning a firearm. The sales were declined, and in some cases, the federal agent was banned from the website.
Read the first article here: Federal Investigators: Most Attempts to Illegally Buy Guns Online Fail.
Guess who wanted that study to be done by the Government Accountability Office?
- Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.
- Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
- Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as well as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, had commissioned the Government Accountability Office report to look into how online private dealers might be selling guns to people not allowed to have them.
Their efforts were based on a 2016 report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which claimed that “anonymity of the internet makes it an ideal means for prohibited individuals to obtain illegal firearms.”
“Congressional requesters asked that GAO access the extent to which ATF is enforcing existing laws and investigate whether online private sellers sell firearms to people who are not allowed or eligible to possess a firearm,” the GAO report said.
Claims are no good without proof. In order for Congress to act, they needed tangible evidence to affirm the ATF statement that, “Anonymity of the internet makes it an ideal means for prohibited individuals to obtain illegal firearms.”
Fortunately for gun owners, the study proved just the opposite of what the ATF claimed. The Internet does not provide an ideal platform for prohibited individuals to buy firearms.
Out of 72 attempts to buy firearms online, not a single one was successful.
Next step: Grill the people at the ATF and ask them why they are making false and misleading statements to congress.