Just yesterday I posted about the official FBI NICS numbers for the year 2018 which turned out to be the second most prolific in the history of background checks and we get this load of BS from The Trace.
Let us remember what were the NICS checks for 2018:
Now, the only way I figure Mr. Yablon claims “Gun sales tumbled for the second year in a row.” is because 2016 is the owner of the running for NICS checks with 27,538,673 and gun sales did drop to 25,235,215 in 2017 which makes it the third highest number in history.
I have no idea where the researchers hired by The Trace got their gun transfer numbers, but sure as hell was not the FBI. But are going to make the assumption that like with all Gun Control, the default position is to lie and manipulate those lies.
Hat Tip to Weer’d Beer for this one.
UPDATE: I Twitted Mr. Yablon asking him about the incongruity between his researchers and NICS. This was the response.
My take is that they are subtracting Concealed Weapons Permits and other background checks to the NICS numbers even though the article says “gun transfers” and not sales. And the FBI clearly states in the NICS page linked above:
“Statistics representing the number of firearms background checks initiated through the NICS from November 1998 to January 31, 2019.”
Why do I feel like quoting Mark Twain?