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Sun Jun 30, 2013, 02:12 PM

Hiding the Numbers on Gun Madness

from Consortium News:

Hiding the Numbers on Gun Madness
June 29, 2013

Between the Right’s false history of the Second Amendment and the NRA’s lobbying clout, the American scandal of uncontrolled firearms – and their use in mass slayings – continues unabated. The gun madness has even prevented law enforcement from quantifying the crisis, as Michael Winship reports.

By Michael Winship

Back in January, a month after the Newtown school slayings and just a few days before his second inauguration, Barack Obama announced he would “put everything I’ve got” into the fight against gun violence.

Part of his effort – and an end run around a Congress reluctant to make any move that might rile the National Rifle Association – was a group of 23 executive actions that, according to The New York Times, “he initiated on his own authority to bolster enforcement of existing laws, improve the nation’s database used for background checks and otherwise make it harder for criminals and people with mental illness to get guns.”

Among the actions, the President ordered the Justice Department’s beleaguered Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to deliver an annual report on lost and stolen firearms in the United States. The first, covering the year 2012, was issued last week but promptly buried under a flurry of other news.

The report combines data from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and information obtained by the ATF from gun dealers, known as Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs). It makes for fascinating, disturbing reading:

“In 2012, NCIC received reports reflecting 190,342 lost and stolen firearms nationwide. Of those 190,342 lost and stolen firearms reported, 16,667 (9% of the total reported) were the result of thefts/losses from FFLs. Of the 16,667 firearms reported as lost or stolen from a FFL, a total of 10,915 firearms were reported as lost. The remaining 5,762 were reported as stolen.”

The complete piece is at: http://consortiumnews.com/2013/06/29/hiding-the-numbers-on-gun-madness/

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Sun Jun 30, 2013, 02:32 PM

1. du rec.

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Sun Jun 30, 2013, 02:41 PM

2. That's an eye-opening article - A 'must read'!


But it made my head hurt when I read the comments on the article by idiot gun huggers.

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