Statistically speaking, only a small amount of guns used by criminals are obtained at gun shows. Most are obtained by straw purchasing or corrupt licensed federal firearms dealers. The investigation would suggest that criminals could turn to gun shows to obtain firearms, but that currently isn't the case.
The whole "gun show loophole" thing is a red herring.
The fact is that most states do not require private sellers, whether at a gun show or in someone's yard somewhere, to run background checks or register or etc.
Some FFL dealers break the law.... what a shock.
All of this is simply looking at a type of tool that is sometimes used in crime. None of this addresses the root problems of this whole issue.
Root problem number One: WHY do we have dangerous repeat-offender criminals with a long record of violent crime out on the street at all? By the time they get to the point of using guns to commit crime, most criminals have a long record. They've been charged with many petty crimes and likely convicted of a few. Some of them have already committed a serious violent crime, served time, and gotten out. Why should someone who held a pistol on a Quicky-mart clerk for the contents of the register EVER get out of prison? He's demonstrated a total lack of regard for human life and the utter selfishness to risk an innocent life for the sake of less than $100.
When someone willingly puts the lives of innocents at risk for their own gain for criminal purposes, or otherwise demonstrates that they will do serious harm to others without any legitimate justification, we should remove them from society permanently.
Root problem number Two: We should never release a felon from prison unless we're reasonably sure he/she is no longer a threat to society. If we're reasonably sure they are no longer a threat to society, WHY should they lose their rights as a citizen? If they are unworthy of their rights as a citizen, or if the nature of their crime is such that they can never be trusted with arms again (ie forcible rapist), then WHY are we letting them out at all??
(because if they want a gun, they can find a way to get one!)
The two questions are related, you see.
Get the real-deal dangerous criminals off the streets and keep them off the streets, and guns won't really be an issue.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
Look in just about any classified circular, or classified section of a newspaper and you can buy guns, from private sellers, with no background check. Someone wanting to purchase a non-registered gun doesn't need to go to a gun show.
With that said, I bought a gun at a gun show a couple of months ago and you could have knocked me over with a feather when they did a background check.
Any law that violates the constitution should be repealed.Since they are broken, should we just get rid of them?
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius