Gun control groups know that their best shot of electing anti-gun candidates this November is to scare the bejeebers out of American voters, particularly suburban women, where support for new gun laws is strongest. How do you do that at a time when more Americans than ever before are purchasing firearms for self-defense? Well, you have to scare them into believing that it’s a terrible thing that people are exercising their Second Amendment rights.
One way to do that is to claim that all those new gun sales have caused the sharp increase in violent crime in Democrat-run cities with restrictive gun control laws like New York and Chicago. We’ve already debunked that study here at Bearing Arms, but my friend and colleague Ed Morrissey has a done a fantastic job of taking apart a new claim by the gun control crowd; scores of violent criminals are trying to buy guns right now, and the only way to stop them is to pass a universal background check law.
Politico is responsible for the Everytown for Gun Safety press release disguised as a news story that claims “the number of people trying to buy guns who can’t legally own them has skyrocketed.” As Ed points out at Hot Air, however, while the raw numbers have indeed increased from 9,700 rejections in March of this year to more than 23,000 in June, the raw numbers of legal gun owners has increased at the same pace. In fact, as a percentage of total background checks, the number of rejected background checks has barely budged in recent months.