The ‘40 Percent’ Myth
Gun-control advocates have recently been throwing around an impressive new number. President Obama used it last Wednesday, claiming: “as many as 40 percent of guns are purchased without a background check.” Vice President Biden and everyone from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal to USA Today repeatedly use it. That “fact” provided the principal support for his first announced gun-control proposal, “universal background checks.” But unless you include family inheritances and gifts as “purchases,” it is simply false.
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If the sales are private, unreported and unregistered there is no data to substantiate any percentage.
More likely there is a 100% chance that it is just a "sounds good" number that they know the MSM will regurgitate as fact and hope people are to stupid to question.
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