Even The WaPo Calls Out Obama on His Phony “40%” Statistic on Gun Sales

On last Sunday’s show, I chastised Capt. Mark Kelly, husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, for repeating the dishonest, albeit frequently cited, statistic that “40% of gun sales don’t involve a background check.” Our frequent guest Professor John Lott called that out in a piece in National Review last January, but that hasn’t stopped those seeking more pointless gun control laws from repeating it ad nauseum. The One himself used it last week in a speech. Like so much of what issues forth from the mouth of our TelePrompTer-dependent chief executive, it’s a lie. From Fox News:

The oft-cited figure, it turns out, was pulled from a 1997 study done by the National Institute of Justice. In the study, researchers estimated about 40 percent of all firearm sales took place through people other than licensed gun dealers. The conclusion was based on data from a 1994 survey of 2,568 households. Of those, only 251 people answered the question about where they got their guns.

PolitiFact tracked down the co-author of the study, Duke University professor Philip Cook, and asked him if he thought the 40 percent estimate is accurate.

“The answer is I have no idea,” Cook reportedly told PolitiFact. “This survey was done almost 20 years ago.”

This story points out the Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” gave Obama 3 Pinochios for this claim. It’s worth reading the whole piece. Here’s a little bit from it.

This study was based on data collected from a survey in 1994, the same year that the Brady Act requirements for background checks came into effect. In fact, the questions concerned purchases in 1993 and 1994, and the Brady Act went into effect in early 1994 — meaning that some, if not many, of the guns were bought in a pre-Brady environment.

Digging deeper, we found that the survey sample was just 251 people. (The survey was done by telephone, using a random-digit-dial method, with a response rate of 50 percent.) With this sample size, the 95 percent confidence interval will be plus or minus six percentage points.

Moreover, when asked whether the respondent bought from a licensed firearms dealer, the possible answers included “probably was/think so” and “probably not,” leaving open the possibility the purchaser was mistaken. (The “probably not” answers were counted as “no.”)

When all of the “yes” and “probably was” answers were added together, that left 35.7 percent of respondents indicating they did not receive the gun from a licensed firearms dealer. Rounding up gets you to 40 percent, although as we noted before, the survey sample is so small it could also be rounded down to 30 percent.

As we brace ourselves for another round of Obama’s “Big Lie” Road show, which today will travel to Colorado, let’s recap what we’ve seen so far. The “never let a crisis go to waste” playbook on prominent display, as B. Hussein Obama takes advantage of the murder of children to once again trample of the U.S. Constitution, and use disingenuous “studies” to deceive people into going along.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again because there is nothing more true in this life. The Left lies.

Obama Daughters Enjoy Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: Show Notes 3-31-13

Thanks to our guest, Professor Gary Wolfram of Hillsdale College, and congratulations to him on the terrific book, A Capitalist Manifesto.

NetGalley Catalog (link to Professor Wolfram’s book–don’t miss it!)

Exclusive: Judicial Watch Investigating Cost of Sasha, Malia Bahamas Trip

Sasha and Malia Obama ‘Learn What They Live’ | Jeannie-ology

Exclusive: Sasha, Malia Obama Vacation at Bahamas’ ‘Atlantis’ Resort

Chuck Grassley writing alternative Senate gun bill – John Bresnahan and Manu Raju – POLITICO.com

Obama uses executive power to move gun control agenda forward – The Hill (mark my words: these “studies” on the causes of gun violence will be used to justify more infringements on our rights)

The ‘40 Percent’ Myth – John Lott – National Review Online (This myth has been completely debunked, but that doesn’t stop Barack Obama and his PR flacks from repeating it. Shame on YOU. Barack Obama for using murdered children to try to promote your leftwing agenda.)

Business and labor strike deal on low-skilled worker program for immigration bill – The Washington Post

TSA fires 4 screeners, suspends dozens in wake of probe at Newark Liberty airport | NJ.com (Ironic-Newark Mayor Cory Booker asks on ABC’s “This Week,” What if TSA didn’t screen flyers?)

Records: Evan Ebel told prison guard she would ‘beg for her life’ – CNN.com (an alleged straw purchaser was arrested in the case of the murder of the Colorado prison chief, and she could get 16 years in prison. Wait …I thought we needed more laws against “straw purchasers.”)

WTF File: How Did We Get Into This Mess? Today on The Teri O’Brien Show-3-31-13

On this Easter Sunday, it’s essential that Americans count our many blessings. We have a lot of problems to solve, but we live in the greatest country on earth. Still, as our economy continues to limp along, Obamacare begins its steps of destruction, and our media is obsessed with so-called “same sex marriage,” it’s also appropriate to ask, how did we get here? How did we get into this mess? Certainly it is the result of Barack Obama’s ongoing project to “remake” (read “destroy”) the country we grew up in and replace it with a Euro-style socialist paradise. To completely answer the question, though, we need to take a step back. The very fact that someone like B. Hussein Obama could be elected President of the United States in the first place is nothing short of appalling, given his radical, anti-Constitution ideology, which he has embraced for 30 years and which was not exactly a secret, at least not to those who bothered to scratch the surface about his background. Bingo. I think I have swerved into an essential part of the analysis. It seems obvious that no one who had even a nodding acquaintance with Barack Obama’s voting record, his writings, and his Amerika-hating friends, and who considered that he was a product of the corrupt Cook County political machine by way of ACORN, could have considered voting for this man, unless of course, the voter’s goal was the destruction of the America we have known and loved.

So haven’t we answered our own question? We (1) knew that Barack Obama was a radical who described the U.S. Constitution as document of “negative rights,” meaning that he considered its system of limited federal power an obstacle to his grand plans and (2) understood the implications of that fact; specifically, we connected those dots, which lead to the inevitable understanding that a government big enough to give us everything we want is also big enough to take everything we have. That’s why we could never have supported Barack Obama and put him in the position to do the damage he continues to do to our great nation. Those who I have called the “low information” voters since 2009 were different. They didn’t see any problem with voting for this “cool” “historic” figure. Presto-the Left’s 100-year project of dumbing down the population through the public education system produced their ultimate victory!

For decades, Hillsdale College has attempted to stand against the Left’s promotion of ignorance in the service of socialism. It is devoted to making sure that the next generation does appreciate and revere our Constitution, and one of its best, economics professor Gary Wolfram has written a new book designed to push back the frontiers of ignorance. “The Capitalist Manifesto” does what I thought was impossible: making economics, specifically free market economics, not only accessible, but interesting. He’ll join us to explain what we can do to reach the Lo-Fos and take back our country.

Barack Obama continues to travel around the country lying about ”universal background checks” for gun purchases. He says we should feel ashamed for not supporting his idiotic, pointless gun control agenda. I say he should be ashamed for trying to use murdered children to trample on the rights of law abiding citizens. What say you? More in our 2nd Amendment update.

Is there a deal on “comprehensive immigration reform?” Sen. Chuck Schumer says “yes,” but Sen. Marco Rubio, also a member of the “Gang of Eight,” who have been working on the issue, isn’t so sure

The White House remains closed to the public, so no tours for any of the little people lucky enough to afford a spring break vacation to D.C. Our Dear Reader was forced to cut 2% from the increases in his profligate spending by that scary sequester, and so now the peasants must pay. Meanwhile, the Obama daughters enjoy the “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” apparently doing the “sun and ski” package favored by the likes of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. First, petting dolphins and partying at “Club Crush” at the luxurious Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, then, because since when in one vacation enough for any member of the Obama family,  a Sun Valley ski trip. How much did these trips, with the private jets, the Secret Service agents and other miscellaneous expenses, cost taxpayers? We know that Malia Obama’s Mexico spring break getaway last year cost us over $115, 000. And how was YOUR spring break, Bitter Clinger?

Tune in today for the rest of the story.


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Chinese Nationals Engage in “Birth Tourism.” Is it time to get rid of birthright citizenship?

Obama administration admits it has NO CLUE about whether the border is secure.

Rand Paul’s Open Borders Endorsement

Can Nanny Bloomberg buy America, including your 2nd Amendment rights?

Chicago ranks dead last in enforcing federal gun laws

Bloated orca Michael Moore is disgusted by America’s fear racism, and worship of guns, then laments that slaves weren’t permitted to have firearms.

Backlog of Veterans’ Claims to Reach 1 million This Month


Standards to Assess Border Security Are Incomplete – NYTimes.com

Subcommittee Hearing: Measuring Outcomes to Understand the State of Border Security | The House Committee on Homeland Security

House chairman vows to force Obama administration to measure border security | WashingtonExaminer.co…

DHS Has No Way of Measuring Border Security

Senate ‘Gang of 8′ close on finalizing immigration reform deal | Fox News

Immigration deal: Senators hit late snag in immigration talks – POLITICO.com

Religious conservatives make moral case for immigration reform – The Washington Post

Change of strategy for immigration: Reform bill faces full gantlet in the Senate – Washington Times

Second Amendment

Steve Vaus (Conservative Country Musician Who Created the song “Come and Take It”)

Blog: Sen. Manchin in talks with NRA on background checks

Clash Daily » Numb Nut Alert: Aurora Killer Converts to Islam (another piece of the puzzle falls into place)

Michael Bloomberg to push senators on guns in $12 million ad campaign – Elizabeth Titus – POLITICO.c…

Obama presses Congress to vote on assault weapons ban – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room

Stage set for Senate gun control debate; background checks are sticking point – Washington Times

NRA Sues New York, Says New Gun Laws Only Make Criminals Stronger – Adam Clark Estes – The Atlantic …

Under the Radar

Immigration Vote Splits Gang of 8 : Roll Call News (Remember Joe “You Lie” Wilson? Shockingly, he was right. Senate votes down Jeff Sessions amendment that would bar immigrants who get green cards from getting free or subsidized health care)

Drug-resistant TB hopping the border (Scary)

DOJ Sues Louisiana for Private, Confidential Voter Database

Why Tea Partiers Are Boycotting Fox News – The Daily Beast

A proposal to study how violent video games may be affecting the minds of youngsters has stalled – N…

NRA praises Inhofe for amendment to stop US from joining UN arms treaty – The Hill’s Blog Briefing R…

New air traffic control towers on chopping block – CNN.com

Monday Musings

If Barack Obama loves “infrastructure” so much, why has he stopped the Keystone XL Pipeline for over 4 years? High-paying jobs? Economic growth? U.S. energy independence? I guess writing that list I can see why Obama’s against it.

How will it be possible to enforce those infinitely reasonable “universal background checks” without gun registration? Hasn’t history shown that registration is a prelude to confiscation? (Answer: yes, and the democrats, including Obama, have admitted it. See this post for more. Warning: it’s chilling.)

Before last week’s State of the Union speech, weren’t we told that Barack Obama was going to pivot” back to jobs? Why is that necessary if the administration has been doing the great job of facilitating job creation that they told us about before the election? Didn’t he say in June that “the private sector is doing fine?”

Could the fact that there are 3.2 million fewer jobs in our economy than there were in December 2007 have anything to do with that need for the One’s umpteenth “pivot” back to jobs?

It’s Simple. It’s Obvious. So Why Are So Many Americans Being Bamboozled About “Universal Background Checks?” Are You One of Them?

The Obama administration’s latest effort to exploit the murder of 20 first-graders in December, and to create a wedge issue that will appeal to “The View” and “Ellen” audience, as in suburban women who are unfamiliar with, and therefore terrified of firearms,  in the 2014 elections, appears to be focused on the “infinitely reasonable” idea of requiring “universal background checks” for gun purchases. Who could be against that? I submit that any freedom-loving American who appreciates the genius of our Founding Fathers not only could be, but should be, opposed to this idea.

Think about it. How is it possible to enforce “universal background checks” without gun registration? It’s not possible, and that is blatantly obvious. Historically, gun registration has been a prelude to gun confiscation, which is what Obama and his merry band of Marxists have wanted for decades. If that fact doesn’t persuade you, then the fact that Barack Obama, who has despised the 2nd Amendment and worked to destroy it during his entire adult life, is telling us how “reasonable” universal background checks are should. Still not convinced? How about this evidence? The Obama (In)justice Department has admitted it. Check out this excellent video from the NRA.

Connect the dots, People, or lose your country and your freedom.