Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety wants you to ruin your Thanksgiving by turning it into an anti-gun talkfest; a gab session to push his agenda of gun prohibition when family bickering should be confined to who gets the drumstick or the last soft roll and pat of butter.
“This Thanksgiving,” the e-mail message says, “when talk around the table turns to politics and current events, you can help set the record straight on some of the most common myths about guns.”
One thing not included in the list of Everytown talking points is that “Black Friday” – the day after Thanksgiving – is one of the busiest days of the year for gun sales. According to Fox News, “On black Friday, the (background check) rush accelerates to nearly two checks a second, testing the limits of the National Instant Check System (NICS).”
Here’s another omission from the Everytown narrative: Last year, according to the FBI, far more police died in accidents than were feloniously killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 49 cops died in mishaps and 27 were killed in criminal acts. In those cases, 28 suspects were identified, of which 20 reportedly had prior criminal arrests and six were “under judicial supervision at the time of the felonious incidents.”
The Everytown diatribe pushes the mantra of background checks. People with criminal records, and especially those under “judicial supervision,” don’t bother with background checks.
Want to know how criminals typically get guns? The Seattle Police Blotter from last Friday provides the text book example.
“Officers set up a meet with the suspect…Friday in the 300 block of Lenora St to purchase a small amount of narcotics and a .44 caliber revolver,” the report states. “The suspect arrived and delivered the items to an undercover officer who gave a signal to West bike officers who took the 24-year-old female into custody. Officers then served a search warrant on her address in the 2000 block of 3rd Ave and located a Glock .40 caliber handgun, pills and $800 cash.”
Reports like this put the so-called “gun show loophole” argument into the “Myth” category that the Everytown group complains about.
The Thanksgiving holiday was established in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln at perhaps the darkest time in U.S. history. The nation was divided, even families were divided. But out of that darkness people found something about which they could be thankful.
Tomorrow, Bloomberg would have American families parting the ways when they should be coming together. Thursday is a day for being thankful, and perhaps the thing to be most thankful about is that you’re not Michael Bloomberg.