I think this article in the Newark Star Ledger that MikeB pointed to in the Star Ledger tries to seek balance, by pointing out both sides of the coin. It’s a tired formula the media uses in attempt to appear balanced and insightful, without actually being balanced and insightful, and still pushing an agenda.
It’s also an intellectual cop-out to suggest we just ought to split the difference and be done with it, as if we’re not already sitting on top of a pile of gun laws and regulations already.Â Â It’s difficult to take an article seriously when it’s author can’t even understand the difference between licensed dealers and black market dealers:
Half the guns used in crimes come from one-percent of gun dealers. There can be better oversight of those dealers, and better enforcement of laws.[…]
In New Jersey last month, undercover State Police busted a Glassboro gun dealer who allegedly sold them two assault weapons and a 37 mm projectile launcher, as part of a crackdown on the one percenters.
The guy in the link above is not a legal gun dealer.Â There is no change in regulatory oversight or new gun laws that are going to affect him.Â This isn’t some kind of crack down on otherwise legal gun selling operation.Â This is smuggling.Â It’s already operating outside the law.
The anti-gun people are always quick to paint this image of rouge licensed dealers who blatantly and willfully violate the law.Â If that were the case they’d be in jail.Â It’s always difficult for them to accept that guns are regulated beyond belief, and those regulations don’t do squat about keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals who really want guns.