Friday, June 01, 2012

Bloomberg "iron pipeline' argument debunked

ATF trace reports refute Bloomberg's ‘iron pipeline,’
raise 'Gunwalker' question

Res Ipsa Loquitur

The ATF have released  a report on tracing of recovered firearms encompassing “all individual states and territories for calendar year 2011.”   Lots of caveats, but the data strongly suggest that states like New York, where Mayor Bloomberg use the "iron pipeline' argument (guns from other states circumvent New York's draconian gun laws) are crap. 

.The 2011 state and territory reports are posted on the ATF website, and contain representative data from which some general conclusions can nonetheless be derived. A case in point is illustrated in the report for New York, a state with strict gun laws ranked #4 in the nation by the Brady campaign. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is constantly decrying gun laws in other states in an attempt to bring all in line with New York City’s restrictive edicts, and using “flow of guns/iron pipeline” rhetoric to do it. Yet the “time-to-crime” documented in the ATF report shows a New York average of 13.70 years, as opposed to a national average of 11.20 years, suggesting “iron trickle” would be a more appropriate.

The  Brady’s #1-rated California,  #2-ranked New Jersey, #3 Massachusetts, and #5 Hawaii had similar stats (albeit ironically, Hawaii's major supplier of out-of-state traced crime scene guns is none other than top-ranked California!).    Oh- one more thing about the ATF report. Information about the Mexico trace report,  important, particularly in determining if Fast and Furious “gunwalking” operations resulted in an artificially accelerated rate, was missing!


Anonymous said...

"recovered firearms"

Does that mean they believe those guns belonged to the gov't in the first place?

Rodger the Real King of France said...

that is how they think, isn't it ...

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