BILLIONAIRE ELITIST HYPOCRITE MICHAEL BLOOMBERG IS COMING FOR YER SNACKS, SODAS, AND GUNS! That's the message of a new ad the National Rifle Association will be running in bunch of battleground states. Except, it's not true. But it is funny:
No, Bloomberg does not want to ban guns. Everytown for Gun Safety, the group he's backing with tons of cash, does want to expand background checks, including right here in Washington State. As Dominic reported in June, the group has raised millions from local zillionaires and is going head-to-head at the ballot this fall with an opposite measure that would ban background checks.
Today, the group released a report based on data obtained from the FBI through the Freedom of Information Act that it says shows the following: Federal background checks, which have been in place since 1998, have prevented 40,976 gun sales to people in Washington who were legally prohibited from buying them. That includes 24,028 sales to felons and 6,227 sales to people convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors or under domestic violence protection orders. Here's the breakdown:
Everytown says the background checks blocked more gun sales in 2013 than in any previous year. But the same people can still easily purchase guns in private sales or at gun shows, without background checks. That's what I-594 is designed to stop.
A note of caution here: Everytown has been accused of throwing out misleading statistics on school shootings before. Those accusations are credible, in my view, though Kate Downen, a staffer for the group, says they categorically disagree with Politifact's analysis. The data on Washington background checks looks solid to me.