Sunday, November 9, 2008

Lather, Rinse, Repeat

Bryan Miller doesn't believe the latest sales figures on firearms. He claims it's all just a "sales technique". To prove it, he cites the fact that Clinton's BATFE pulled the licenses from thousands of FFL dealers and manipulated statistics by the ever so honest VPC.

To bad I've already shown how the VPC claims were distorted.

He must follow the "repeat a lie often enough" principle.

Bryan also blathered:

"I am highly skeptical of the sales claims. Note that gun dealers are the ones making them."

Yet CBS showed he hasn't been reading much besides VPC press releases:

"Law enforcement and industry data and anecdotal reports show that guns are selling well this year. In 2008, there were 8.4 million background checks from Jan. 1 to Sept. 28, compared with 7.7 million in the same period last year, a 9 percent increase, according to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The increase is also notable because it follows a heavy year for gun purchases, which industry officials and experts link to the Virginia Tech shootings in April 2007 and a burgeoning housing market crisis. NICS checks show a 20 percent increase in April 2007, compared with the previous year. "
So CBS is a group of 'gun dealers' now? Let's say that Bryan is right. That the 'vast bulk' of sales are to prior gun owners. By his prior statements, that would be about 90%. Sound reasonable? Sure, why not. What that says though is that there were 840,000 new firearm owners this year alone.

Damn those facts.

Note: The CBS quote has been 'moderated' from his site.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bryan's claim that the numbers are bogus can now be put to rest:

"According to FBI figures for the week of November 3 to 9, the bureau received more than 374,000 requests for background checks on gun purchasers -- a nearly 49 percent increase over the same period in 2007. Conatser said his store, Virginia Arms Company, has run out of some models -- such as the AR-15 rifle, the civilian version of the military's M-16 -- and is running low on others."