No, it’s not impossible, Bennet

This morning, I discovered yet another Democrat presidential hopeful, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet. Looking at polls, it appears he’s currently ranking at “Who?” (Quinnipiac can’t even spell his name right.) Possibly because of stupid crap like this.

‘Impossible’ to argue Colorado’s not safer because of this law: Sen. Michael Bennet
“After Columbine in Colorado, the people of this western state voted to close the gun show loophole and internet loophole,” he said. “It’s impossible to argue that our state isn’t safer because of this law. If McConnell doesn’t take this on the floor, the people of America and the people of Kentucky will hold him accountable for that.”

Ah, the mythical “gun show loophole.” Let’s consider just how effective their law would have been in stopping the Columbine chumbuckets. Would background checks at gun shows have had a useful effect?

On November 22, 1998, their friend Robyn Anderson purchased the carbine rifle and the two shotguns for the pair at the Tanner Gun Show, as they were too young to legally purchase the guns themselves.

They used a straw buyer, who would passed a background check. That’s three of the assholes’ guns. The fourth?

Standing in Jefferson County District Court with his hands folded in front of him and his parents seated behind him, Manes pleaded guilty to providing a handgun to a minor and possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

An outright unlawful transaction with a seller who knew it was illegal.

Maybe Colorado should have made straw purchases and other illegal firearms sales… illegal. Because expanded background checks wouldn’t have made them any safer.

But let’s talk about this, too. One of my pet peeves:

The House of Representatives have passed background checks to close the internet loophole. This person bought the guns lawfully as we know. Every single fact pattern will be different. We should pass those background checks. 90% of Americans support it.”

That “90% of Americans want universal preemptively-prove-your-innocence checks PPYI)” is a standard Dimcrat meme. Is it true? What state that put it to a popular vote actually got 90% or better?

None. I happened to do some research on this a couple of weeks ago and still have my notes. The state that passed universal PPYI with the greatest majority appears to be California. Naturally.

It passed with a 63.08% majority. Counting up on my fingers, I’d say that’s a little less than 90%. Even in California. But, as the salesweasel said, there’s more.

Or less.

75.27% of registered voters bothered to cast a ballot. So 44.63% of registered voters wanted this. Except…

The state says they actually had 24,875,293 people eligible to vote. 8,663,159 of those voted for PPYI.


Only about one-third of Californians wanted PPYI enough to vote for it.

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