John Lott: The truth on background checks

Judging on the few clicks this has gotten today so far, I’m bringing this down from the headlines to give it more view. This is important for several reasons, but mainly to expose the fraud behind the numbers the Democrats are using to push for universal background checks.

Remember back when Obama and the Democrats were pushing for Obamacare, they claimed that over 40 million Americans didn’t have health insurance because they couldn’t afford it or simply couldn’t get it? Well that number was found to be incredibly inflated (even including all 1l million illegals) and it turned out only 12 million or so actual Americans didn’t have health insurance that wanted it.

Well Democrats are doing the same thing all over again with faulty background check statistics and the lengths they’ve gone to inflate these numbers should astonish you. John Lott explains below:

NY POST – Schumer tells us that “48 percent of gun sales are made without a background check” and that background checks have “blocked 1.7 million prohibited individuals from buying a gun.” Both stats are just false.

On sales without a check, even the 40 percent figure that President Obama and others use is off. It’s obtained by rounding up of a 36 percent statistic that comes from the only study on this issue.

And that (small) study covered a 1991-94 period, most of which came before the Brady Act took effect on Feb. 28 1994, and for the first time required that all federally-licensed dealers perform checks.

There’s more: The researchers gave this number for all transactions, including family inheritances and gifts, not just “sales.” Count only guns that were bought, traded, borrowed, rented, issued as a job requirement or won through raffles, and 85 percent went through federally licensed gun dealers; just 15 percent would’ve been transferred without a background check.

(By the way, that survey also found that all gun-show sales went through federally licensed dealers. If Schumer et al. really trust the study, they should stop raging about the “gun show loophole.”)

Bottom line: It’s hard to believe that the percentage of sales without background checks is above single digits today.

On to Schumer’s second falsehood — the claim that checks have stopped 1.7 million prohibited sales. In fact, these were only “initial denials,” not people prevented from buying guns.


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  • Excellent article Scoop…Thanks!

  • Sandra123456

    Lies are the truth to people like Schumer who should have been term limited out, years ago.

    • johnfromjersey

      We already have term limits, they’re called elections. This impostor has had to run many times, and the stupid people of NY keep sending him back to say stupid things like this.
      If you’re looking for “what’s wrong with America?”, look no further than the mirror.

  • PatrickHenrysBody

    People believe idiots like Chucky boy. Chucky boy pulls numbers out of his anal sphincter and right away he should be believed. I have family in law enforcement and I purchase firearms and ammunition and have been to gun shows…THERE IS NO GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE! Chucky boy is just a poster child of what is wrong with our government. He is an @$$hat of the first order.

    • He does what Hollywood does…spin and twist and take artistic license in the name of the agenda. It really is like Mark Twain said ” A lie is halfway around the world before the truth gets it’s boots on.”

      • PatrickHenrysBody

        True. What really gets me is that Chucky boy, Zero, and others know they will get away with their lies.

        • For the time being. Things have a way of catching up especially with the internet…unless government grabs that too which they might.

          • PatrickHenrysBody

            Indeed! They are trying to grab the Internet…they don’t want opposition voices anywhere. That’s what is called “fairness” to them.

          • aposematic

            Obuma issued an EO just yesterday on Gov. take over of Internet security.

            • The noose is tightening.

        • Conservative_Hippie

          Stickin’ MSM!

          • PatrickHenrysBody


    • savageob1

      that’s right, in fact there is already a federal law posted at shows stating it’s illegal to sell a weapon(besides black powder) without a check on site.

  • TexasPGRRider

    I don`t know about other states, but in Texas, the gun show loophole is a misnomer. The paperwork is a must do unless it`s an individual private sale….

  • marketcomp

    At this point even if democrats told me something that was true, I still wouldn’t believe them. These dam democrats lie all the time and later we find out that they cherry pick the data or just plain out make it up. This is Obama’s party through and through!

  • notebene

    This isn’t shocking in the least. Liberals hate facts and live to push falsehoods to push their twisted “progressive” agenda. What’s pathetic are the zombies that go along with this garbage. Too lazy to really educate themselves about this country and our Constitution. Of course they want background checks for our “safety”…so did the Nazis and the Communists. Think people!

  • I emailed this around and printed it. If I were on FB I would put it up.

  • OneThinDime

    From Daily Caller: FBI has 5,216,732 illegal alien records in gun background check system. So the background check stopped over 5.2 million illegals from purchasing firearms (illegally in the US) but the gov’t can’t find them to deport them? To me this shows the background checks were working but the gov’t failed to do their job.

    • Conservative_Hippie

      Good point!

      • OneThinDime

        We need to call all the Repubs on the Gang of 8 and others like Rand Paul that are even hinting at amnesty and call them out on this. Just heard from Graham in the C-SPAN gun control hearings from link on Hupp thread that he wants current laws enforced. He is my 1st call in the morning with this information. That is between 25% and 50% of the illegals they say are here, they tried to by firearms (a felony btw as illegals). How many bought guns illegally and used them to commit crimes? I think I saw a post awhile back that 25% of those in the fed pen are illegals. Well, well wonder what % used an illegally purchased gun in those crimes. This issue will slam them on both their “gun control” and their “amnesty”. Let’s use it!

        Also, I posted this on another thread. FBI investing 100 islamic extremists in our military! WTH and this Congress critters want the illegals to be in our military?

  • 4Hoppes2

    It is a good thing the denials were only from the period from 1991 to 1994 because initial denials in the last 3 to 4 months have probably exceeded that 1.7 million mark due to the NICS system being overrun since they started the phony assault on defensive weapons.

    After rereading Shumers remark, I am wrong, the 1-7 appears to be the total denials not just the denials from the initial 1991 to 1994 period. The denials still do not represent permanent denials but initial denials for any reason.

  • Sober_Thinking

    What? The human waste known as Chuck Schumer lied? Obama lied? Democrats and liberals are low life lying idiots? The media didn’t fact check or call them out on any of this?

    They can’t win a fair fight without lying and cheating because they are wrong and they are losers anyway.

    • Conservative_Hippie

      As usual Sober you’re spot on!

    • PatrickHenrysBody

      Agreed, Sober_Thinking!

  • sDee

    Looks like excellent material for another NRA advertisement.

    So…. the statists know that the current background check is working just fine including gunshows. So, I would have to conclude they are lying about it because “fixing” background checks is not what they are interested in at all. They want to replace it.

    They want to replace a background check, with something like maybe a database. A database that records not just the check, but the specific type of gun, magazine and ammo purchased? A database of who owns what type of weapons, that is cross indexed with their electronic health record system put in place for obamacare?

    Add carry permits and ammo purchases to the data base, and they have achieved a cross-indexed gun registration system without having force us to register guns.

  • Conniption Fitz

    Someone checked – and Obama made NO calls the night of Benghazi attack:

    • PatrickHenrysBody

      You mean he got that 3 o’clock call and he didn’t answer it? I…am…shocked. (/sarc-off)

    • TexasPGRRider

      In the comment section of that link, one comment stated B.O. addressed an Arab forum that day and was praising the Arab Spring. Said it could be seen on Youtube. I`m gonna check it….

  • Herb Benty

    Background checks so the tyrannical government knows where the Patriots are, that is why the checks are wanted by this regime….period.

  • Susan Harms

    Actually, everytime I buy a gun I NEVER get a background check … because I hold a Texas CHL. So he may be including those of us who dont get background checked because we already have been checked and are on file. Also, in determining how many guns have been sold since OBAMA took office by looking at the number of background checks is FALSE also. I have bought about 7 guns in the last 4 yrs, all with no background check.

    • TimeForAnarchy

      Same here. I have a CC permit in the state of GA. The state has already determined that I’m qualified and competent to have a CC permit. Why do I need another one? Oh that’s right…….to mollify the libtards.

  • SurfinCowboy

    I said from day one that all they really want is the “Universal Background Check”, which better entitled, “Universal Complete List of All Gun Owners So One Day We Can Get You Check”.

    All the talk of confiscation, “assault” weapons bans, etc. was typical Washington maneuvering. If I want ten dollars I ask for one thousand. Then five hundred. Then one hundred. Then I ask, “OK, I have compromised almost everything I have asked for – can you just give me ten dollars?”

    All they want for now is a PERMANENT list of all gun owners. For, you know, the children.

    Lott is got the stats, facts, and other data to beat ANY concept of gun control. Hats off to the Lott-man!

    • TimeForAnarchy

      I have an answer to the “universal” check. We are dog lovers & have 3. I get junk mail addressed to “Resident.” I’ll register my guns under the name of Harry Resident. Problem solved, and it didn’t cost billions of dollars.

  • demographicallychallenged

    Sad to say Obama won’t be able to legally purchase any weapon under his law. He has no background to check!

  • snowshooze

    Obama is getting his background examined by the Supreme Court, on Saturday!
    CASE #A-12606
    Now I cannot explain this.
    I checked the Supreme Court Calander, Docket and everything, and it came up as a scheduled event about a week and a half ago.
    Now, I plugin the case number and all that…
    So, what the heck is going on with this??
    Look, I saw it with my own eyes.
    Now it is missing.

  • wraith67

    It’s another article citing statistics and reason. The left is interested in neither. May as well just say Molon Labe.

  • imsteph

    if background checks worked….we wouldn’t have that guy in the w.h.

  • johnfromjersey

    I’ve been around for 65+ years, and have been on this-here internet thingy since 94, so I’ve seen my share of trolls and disrupters who have nothing better to do with their pathetic lives.
    I’ve been involved in politics for 40+ years and I’ll tell you something I believe with my heart.
    We must stop electing lawyers to fill Congress and lead this nation. Lawyers make up 70+% of the Senate, and is, imo, the reason America is in decline. I’ve been yelling, from the rooftops, about this for years.
    Know what though?
    Nothing will change because we the people have been abdicating our civic responsibilities for too long. Oh I understand that we were busy working 60-80 hours a week so that our kids could have something to start life with. Also, we the people made the mistake of trusting those we sent to speak in our stead.
    These people betrayed that sacred trust!
    America is in the crosshairs, make no mistake about it. When Barrack Hussein Obama stated that he wanted to “fundamentally transform” America, he knew exactly how to carry out that transformation. To be fair, we shouldn’t even blame Obama, he is simply doing what he has been taught all of his life.
    We knew all of this before the first election, yet we the people sat back and allowed this con-man to sit in America’s highest office. Madison, Jefferson, are spinning in their respective graves as we speak.
    To finish, it’s up to us. If America is worth saving to you, then NEVER allow another election to happen without your vote. Stop electing lawyers to Congress. Stop electing career politicians to any office. Turn off the boob tube long enough to become an intelligent voter, make your vote count. Demand voter ID laws be enacted nation wide, if you can’t PROVE that you’re a legal citizen, then you cannot vote, the vote IS a right that many an American gave their all to preserve.
    We MUST demand that all Congressional business be televised on C-SPAN, with the exception of national security matters, of course.
    We MUST demand that civics be mandatory in ALL schools, K-12
    We must stop allowing the few, who think they know better, to dictate to the rest of us, how we may live, and where, and what we can and can’t eat, and the endless laws, rules, statutes, etc. they pass each year. We are free men, not subjects of the government, let’s start acting like it.

    • TexasPGRRider

      Thanks for sharing these points jj. I`m a few years your junior and agree totally with your views. As I have grown older, I`ve decided to make an Honest Effort, for the sake and benefit of our grandchildren, to do what I can to help preserve and keep INTACT what the Founding Fathers established as this One Nation Under God. Peace be with you….

    • lanahi

      Lawyers are taught to win, not to expose truth. They don’t care about truth unless it supports their side.

  • hongryhawg

    Proposed gun control laws have nothing to do with safety or background checks or magazine size, etc. It’s all about disarmament; by hook or by crook. Socialism cannot succeed with an armed populace. That is the proven truth driving this push against the 2nd Amendment. Do not be baited into a safety argument. Argue your freedom instead.

  • aZjimbo

    We need to seperate the free loving, constitutional Americans from the enemy within.

  • jleinf

    Democrats have zero credibility

  • JungleCogs

    Almost all firearms sold are with a background check (FFL requirement). This is just another ‘camel’s nose under the tent’ Democrat move. Never give an inch.

  • Bryan Ewbank

    I demand a background check for all politicians. Demand that each can quote and comprehend the US Constitution.

  • Kelly60

    Well, working in law enforcement and with a conceal carry in Texas, I can tell you it isn’t super easy to get a gun here. We have to be fingerprinted, background check, photo ID, training in the classroom and on the range. It’s funny though, we will honor a conceal carry from any other State but it isn’t always reciprocated…sorry I drifted off subject a little.
    Democrats always inflate the numbers. The problem is the uninformed sheeple, that will always be the problem.

  • Schumer is a liar.

    He’s no different than the other subversive socialists in his party headed by the comrade Obama.

    Their goal is simple: destroy the Constitution, take away liberty and erect the tyrannical state.