In Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night sketch, Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue” has gone rogue. It picked up a gun, snuck off the set of “Late Night,” evaded FBI capture, shot Rachel Maddow and went to meet up with its lover. Using every fugitive-on-the-run cliche to give the book a life of its own.
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October 7th Announcement of undercover investigation of illegal sales at gun shows
Gun Show Undercover—The City of New York launched an undercover investigation to expose how a dangerous loophole allows guns to get into the hands of criminals.
The vast majority of people who either visit or sell guns at gun shows are law-abiding citizens and dealers.
However, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms , and Explosives (ATF) reports that 30 percent of guns involved in federal illegal gun trafficking investigations are connected to gun shows.
This multi-state undercover investigation exposed how easy it is for criminals to buy guns at gun shows.
The City of New York investigated 7 gun shows in 3 states involving buys from 47 gun sellers using hidden cameras.
The investigation videos showed that 35 out of 47 sellers approached by undercover investigators at these gun shows sold guns illegally.
The term “gun show loophole” is often used to describe the fact that federal law allows private sellers to sell firearms without background checks or record keeping.
While private sellers are exempted from running background checks no matter where they make the sale, this loophole is associated with gun shows because they are the largest and most central marketplace where these private sellers can easily connect with purchasers who wish to avoid detection.
More @ Gun Show Undercover
Gun Show Undercover by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Gun Show Undercover (full report .pdf)
Frank Rich/The New York Times
Posted by Audiegrl
“IT is time to water the tree of liberty” said the sign carried by a gun-toting protester milling outside President Obama’s town-hall meeting in New Hampshire two weeks ago. The Thomas Jefferson quote that inspired this message, of course, said nothing about water: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” That’s the beauty of a gun — you don’t have to spell out the “blood.”
The protester was a nut. America has never had a shortage of them. But what’s Tom Coburn’s excuse? Coburn is a Republican senator from Oklahoma, where 168 people were murdered by right-wing psychopaths who bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995. Their leader, Timothy McVeigh, had the Jefferson quote on his T-shirt when he committed this act of mass murder. Yet last Sunday, when asked by David Gregory on “Meet the Press” if he was troubled by current threats of “violence against the government,” Coburn blamed not the nuts but the government.–Frank Rich
Take some time and read the whole op-ed by clicking here.
On DKos teacherken has an excellent diary titled “Two columns, two papers, have some still not learned?”. It joins the ‘Guns of August‘ column and the Washington Post op-ed ‘A Cold Case, Still Burning‘ written by Jerry Mitchell. Teacherken did a wonderful and thought provoking diary tying both columns together. It really makes you think…
Click here to check it out.