by Tim Griffith
Folks who speak the words “Gun Show Loop Hole” often use angry tones of voice to help create the suspicious idea that something evil is going on at gun shows.
Lets get a solid fact said right at the start, there is no such thing as what’s being called the “Gun-Show Loop Hole.” Furthermore, there never was. The same laws apply and are obeyed at gun shows as in any gun shop or in your living room, back yard or shopping mall. The idea of a law being broken depends entirely on the individual transaction taking place.
There are the only two possible reasons for anyone to make so much noise about something that doesn’t exist. Those who continuously bray about a gun show loop hole are either magnificently ignorant of the subject or they are part of an insidious scheme to get all of America under the thumb of government. The people who call for a close of “the gun show loop hole” because they really think there is such a thing are dupes and unwitting tools of that very real government scheme. There is no middle ground here. It’s an either/or situation. Ask yourself where you fit into this picture? If you can be honest with yourself, (few can,) ask yourself what you think you really know about this subject?
Do you even know what a “loop hole” is? A loop-hole is an opening or portal through, (or within,) an existing barrier. Its classic meaning was a term for small openings in fortification walls that allowed defenders to fire upon those who were laying siege to those fortifications. They offer relative protection from the weapons of aggressors outside the wall. Ordinary windows would become “loop holes” if you were defending your house from a gang of aggressors, such as “jack-booted thugs,” (a term coined by past-Pres. George H.W. Bush when remarking about a dark day in American history.) So, without a wall or other sort of “works” in place there cannot be a loop hole through it. Since there is no law specifying where private trade of private property [in this case guns] may or may not take place, there is nothing for a “Loop Hole “ to get through. No law about it exists. Therefore a “loop hole” [in such a law] doesn’t exist either. It just isn’t real.
We hear the words “Gun Show Loop Hole” all the time. It has become a term that gets talked about frequently by anyone who clings to the fantasies enshrined in the equally foolish idea of, “Gun Control.” These words revolve around subjects that exist only in the minds of those who use them. They are made-up terms that are not real and continuing to use them cannot make them real. The term was invented to help get the public to think there was something broken that needs fixing. Be careful of what you wish for!
Law makers, law enforcement officials and politicians all know these things. If you corner them on the subject and they whine that they didn’t know, you should carefully consider if they are fit to hold their office. They are either lying or too ignorant of the their job to correctly perform their duties. (Think carefully about that during the next election cycle.) The authorities are banking on the institutionalized ignorance created by the public school system which as been teaching Americans not to use their brains for many decades. Getting America to believe there is such a thing as a gun show loop hole will help the government get you to willingly give up more of your rights based on a non-existant idea.
Confused? Here are the facts to follow:
Let’s say a gun is legally purchased from a license-holding gun dealer. Once bought, the gun becomes the private property of the one that bought it. This is the single most important fact of this matter!
Many of the vendors at gun shows are licensed gun dealers. At a gun show, many of the tables showing guns for sale were rented by those dealers. Licensed gun dealers obey all the registration and record-keeping laws no matter where they do business. Being at a gun show changes nothing for them and it never did! They do all the paperwork and background checks just like in their shop. No loop hole!
Some of the vendors are private citizens who have rented their space in an effort to sell off some of their personal private property which may include a gun or two or several. The same laws apply to them as would apply to any transaction they might make in their living room at home. Currently the trade of private property is not controlled by government and this is the real crux of the issue. There is no loop hole because there is no law [controlling private trade of private property] wherein a loop hole might exist.
Government has been seeking a way to regulate private trade for a long time.
There have already been attempts to get some sort of regulation (and tax) on yard sales. If the government could get citizens to go for a special law that presumably controls the private trade of guns it will have made a giant step forward towards regulating private trade in general. Such a law will certainly [eventually] cover any other private property you want to sell. Remember, where the sale takes place changes nothing in the law. That’s one of the most important details of this topic.
By the way, this subject is at the heart of various laws regarding the trade of “animal parts“, most notably bear parts. Prohibition on the sale of animal parts was pushed on the idea that it would curb poaching. Well, such law has been in place for nearly 30 years. The authorities grudgingly admit that there has been no impact on poaching or the sale of animal parts generally. They do occasionally catch someone in violation and try to make an example of them. These supposed anti-poaching laws remain in place even though the animal populations continue to rise at faster rates than state-biologists say is healthy, notably so for bears. The only thing the prohibition on the sale of “animal parts” did was make a narrow segment of private property illegal to sell. It was a solid step in the direction of regulating private trade. It’s a right we let govt take away with nothing in return. We were told it was one thing but it turned out to be something else entirely. That is where it has its similarities with the idea of closing a supposed gun show loop hole. It’s really about regulating the trade of private property. Wailing and gnashing our teeth over the latest atrocity will not change these facts.
Still confused? Lets say you own a gun and want to sell it for whatever reason. You have a friend who comes to your house to buy it. No paper work of any kind is required for this transaction. Some sort of bill of sale is wise and often exchanged. It would be the same if you made that transaction in your garage, your yard, the parking lot of the local shopping mall or even at a roadside stop. The transaction and the laws that apply to it are the same no matter where it takes place because it’s the sale of private property between private citizens. Where the sale occurs has no bearing on the the transaction. This legal situation also governs the sale of your used appliances, your private collection of stamps or Elvis memorabilia. All private property is treated the same in the law. Two private citizens that happen to meet at a gun show will have the exact same kind of transaction going on as long as they’re just selling personal private property, one to another. Whether or not it’s guns or marbles makes no difference. They are bound by no more regulation than if they were sitting in their living room. They just happen to be at the gun show at the time of the sale. Since there is no law regulating the trade of private property [except for “animal parts”] there is no loop hole in any existing law and there never was. Again, no loop hole exists.
The fact is, there are a great many things other than guns to be found for sale at a gun show. It’s really just a great big flea market where everyone there either paid for a space to show their wares or paid to come in and see those wares. Some of them have guns or gun parts to sell. Some are actually selling stamp collections, coin collections and all manner of clothing and equipment along with lots of gun related stuff. Gun dealers come because they know there will be a high concentration of gun buyers present and these dealers sell a lot of guns at these shows. Each and every one of a dealers gun sales is properly recorded and every gun-related law applies at gun shows. There is no loop hole and there never was!
So, why do we keep hearing about it? Well, it’s because every government wants to have the general population disarmed so they cannot resist further steps towards tyranny. Disarming the general population is the most important step for any tyrannical government. No tyrannical government ever failed to put gun control to good use some time before they made their move on the general population. It’s a part of the process of tyranny that cannot be ignored.
Don’t be too surprised if this is new to you. The government has been telling you otherwise for a long time through the tool of the public schools. You only learn this stuff by looking for it and studying on your own. Gaining some form of regulation on the sale of your private property will take them ever closer to controlling you. It’s how all the tyrannical governments work without exception.
Our government officials are quick to use a few horrible events to stir up emotional sentiment against guns, as if it were the guns that did the awful things. You may be sure that the government doesn’t care one bit about the safety of your kids in school. They know that the schools are still the safest place for our kids. That’s right, the occasional school shooting incident does not change that fact. Much of what you hear being said about “gun violence” or “school shootings“ is just not true. When you hear those words, be ready to hear things that are wildly inflammatory and largely untrue.
Incidents of school shootings are a lot like plane crashes in the airlines industry. When a plane crashes there are many deaths and it’s a horrible scene for everyone involved. Even so, we are not trying to eliminate the planes and, flying is still the safest form of travel there ever was. The relationships that exist between school shootings, airlines crashes and relative safety are exactly the same. There is no difference at all! The horror of the event should not make us willing to lose our freedoms in hope of something that we cannot have anyway. Safety is relative.
Let’s say it again, Schools are still the safest place for our kids. Children are safer in school than they are anywhere else including in their own home. Plenty of records and statistics back that up and none indicate otherwise.
Need more proof? The most deadly thing on the planet has almost no regulation what so ever. It’s hospitals. Hospitals kill more people each year than drunk drivers do. Hospitals kill more people each year than 10 years of war in Viet Nam. Each year more people are killed by hospitals than by shootings, knives, car wrecks and heart disease combined!
We are not talking about people dying of what was ailing them. We are talking about the various things that a hospital does to you [that causes your death] which had nothing to do with why you came to the hospital in the first place. Mistakes and errors in hospitals kill more people in America than any other single thing. Nothing else is even close! We don’t hear much call for controlling the hospitals, do we? That scary sounding term, “gun violence” loses a lot of significance when fairly compared to what really kills and injures the most people in America.
Where is the outrage about the hospitals?
The horrible events at schools have almost nothing to do with the guns or with the schools. They are a big flashing sign telling us that something is very wrong with our society. It’s not about guns or schools at all. It’s about how we raise our children to think and behave. This is a poisonous plant that took root in the ‘60s as the “do your own thing” movement caught on. Adults of that time said it was irresponsible thinking and they were right. But those irresponsible youngsters grew up and had kids that they raised on those same irresponsible ideas. Then those kids grew up and raised their own kids on the same nonsense. Well, the latter generations of all that irresponsible thinking are now a bunch of brooding, sulking, self-centered and mentally unbalanced young people who are still being told to “be yourself” and “you can be or do anything you want.” It is still irresponsible and now we have a 4th generation being fed the same nonsense.
It should come as no surprise that those same irresponsible kooks of the ‘60s are now running our government and telling us that none of us bear any responsibility for our evil acts. It’s those awful guns that make us crazy! We must get rid of them! Of course, what they really mean is that you must get rid of your guns. They will keep theirs. After all, someone should have guns, you know, just in case of emergencies, (like having to control an angry public when it wakes up to the truth.)
In summary: There is no gun show loop hole and there never was. The only law that can change that will also regulate private trade of your private property. Is that what you really want? Because that’s what they really want. These are the primary facts about why the gun-rights advocates keep saying, “gun control is not about guns, it’s about control.” They’re saying it because it’s true.