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  •  a demonstration that links don't save a poorly... (3+ / 0-)

    ...made and confused viewpoint, that's what you've provided us here.

    You claim that firearm thefts are down to around 120,000 per year, that "other sources of firearms are negligible compared to the stolen gun market", and that the whole  market is 270 million firearms...

    So...I'm left wondering if you understand what the word "negligible" actually means.

    Afterall, based on your numbers, stolen guns represent less than 1% of the market. Your numbers work out to show that stolen guns are the negligible part of that equation.

    Your numbers work out to show that "other sources of firearms" - retail, private, and gunshow sales - make up 99.6% of the gun market.

    And you maintain that 99.6% of the gun market is negligible compared to .4%.

    If those numbers are correct, then stolen guns are a miniscule part of the market.

    The extent of this trade is unknown from data on hand, but its a flow that would be severely curtailed by expanded background checks.
    This is from your last comment. Perhaps you can explain how that jibes with "no measurable impact" you've repeated a couple times in your comments above.

    Cheers.

    •  Re: (0+ / 0-)

      We're discussing flow of firearms into the criminal secondary market, so I'm not sure what you're trying to show by comparing stolen guns to the firearms market as a whole.

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