Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Bryan Miller shows again why Tiahrt is in place.

In his recent post:

The evidence of one-way movement of illegal guns from PA to NJ is abundantly clear.

According to 2006 statewide data compiled by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), more than 74% of guns recovered from crime in the Garden State and traced back to their original purchase point came from out-of-state. PA was the top external source state, accounting for almost 18% of the total.

And yet he ignores page 2 of every single report he cites:

DisclaimerPublic L. No. 109-108, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2006, SEC. 621

(1) Firearm traces are designed to assist law enforcement authorities in conducting investigations by tracking the sale and possession of specific firearms.Law enforcement agencies may request firearms traces for any reason, and those reasons are not necessarily reported to the Federal Government.Not all firearms used in crime are traced and not all firearms traced are used in crime.

(2) Firearms selected for tracing are not chosen for purposes of determining which types, makes or models of firearms are used for illicit purposes.The firearms selected do not constitute a random sample and should not be considered representative of the larger universe of all firearms used by criminals, or any subset of that universe.Firearms are normally traced to the first retail seller, and sources reported for firearms traced do not necessarily represent the sources or methods by which firearms in general are acquired for use in crime.

Why would he possibly do that? Ignorance perhaps? Maybe he just skipped over the boring parts (like an FBI warning on a movie) to get to the good parts? Maybe he never read the CRS report. It wouldn't be blatant dishonesty would it?

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