Quote of the day—Sam Levy

[Privately assembled firearms are] a way for prohibited persons to access firearms they could not buy legally by passing a background check, a way to stymie law enforcement investigations for those who want to use those guns to commit crimes because they are untraceable.

Sam Levy
Everytown for Gun Safety
Baltimore police report a 400% increase in untraceable ‘ghost guns,’ mirroring a state trend
[Levy thinks the so called “Ghost Guns” are a problem for their side? Wow. That’s only going to get worse as the 3-D printed guns start approaching the quality of existing mass produced guns.

And then, I have my popcorn and easy-chair ready for when Levy and gang hear SCOTUS has handed down a ruling that could blast a hole in registration, including the “soft registration” via 4473’s, and other infringements for years. If you remember, there have been lower court rulings saying, according to U.S. law and ATF regulations, the AR-15 lower and perhaps as many of 90% of the firearms in the U.S. aren’t legally firearms.—Joe]


12 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Sam Levy

  1. The fact that they used “400% increase” tells us lots about the reality on the ground.

    Last year we had 1 boating death, this year we had 4, that’s a 400% increase. How many boating accidents? 1 last year, 1 this year. No change. (Made up numbers)

    Actual numbers: 29 in 2019, 126 in 2020. Number of murders in 2019 in Baltimore 348. 335 in 2020. Total guns recovered in Baltimore in 2020 > 2000

    Yeah, ghost guns are the problem. So are spoons and McDonalds

  2. Thanks Therefor. Truly, Can we believe anything these people talk about? I mean from employment figures to money supply. Not to mention global warming. I mean climate change. There’s not a word of truth in them about any subject they bring up? Excuse me. I mean a word of truth without a motive toward you believing their lies?
    Even if there was a problem with guns. Which we know of fact there isn’t.
    It’s a true puzzlement to me. They think we never catch on to the lies? Or that were just so below them it doesn’t matter? It’s the thought process that is most intriguing to me.
    We see the same from teenagers and junkies. But how someone with two alleged brain cells thinks it would work is ?????

    • A lot of people do believe the lies and misdirection simply because it came from the TV. A lot of people are coming around, but they’re just now breaking from the stupor of their lives. As such, they still *want* to believe some lies because it’s habit. It’s definitely an uphill battle for us, but hey, when has it not?

      I now understand why the Founders limited voting to landowners. They understood that the vast majority of people simply don’t want to think for themselves. Yes, this opens up the path to dictatorship, but true freedom has always been a fine line. Eternal vigilance and all.

      • It wouldn’t necessarily lead to dictatorship; certainly no more likely than what we have now. And in fact, right now, I see that restriction as not being a bad thing.

    • We can’t even believe the inflation rate published by the government, since it is in the government’s best interest to report a lower number so they can put fewer zeros before the decimal point in their Social Security payments. It keeps their imaginary accounting in line for when they put out bids for government contracts that are indexed to inflation.
      The Inflation Rate should be calculated by Moody’s or Standard and Poor’s, although since they are deeply intertwined with the rest of Wall Street, even their numbers would be suspect.

      • Especially the inflation rate. I so old I can remember Reagan hammering Carter about the “misery index” which was the sum of inflation and unemployment. When Bush I got in, his people started screwing with the inflation calculation. This has accelerated with each Presidency since then as it has been institutionalized. As you say, it is to chisel Social Security recipients and contractors and taxpayers by suppressing tax bracket indexing but it is also to keep the general public thinking everything is wonderful.

        They are constantly messing with the market basket used to make the calculation and making various technical adjustments to conceal the truth.


  3. Just to put an irony cherry on top of that fail sundae, places where confiscated guns must be destroyed by law are actually feeding the 3D printed firearm market. Go look at the selling price of repair parts kits on GB. I’ve seen sets of of hi-point parts (everything minus the receiver) going for over $100 bucks. You don’t spend that kind of money to fix a HP. That’s being bought by someone who’s going to slap it on $2 worth of extruded plastic and head to the range.

    • 3D printers don’t revolutionize home gunmaking, but only reduce the time and skill needed. Any working gun part that can be made of extruded plastic without further machining could be carved from wood. It just takes much longer. Extruded plastic can also be used to make molds to cast the part in metal, but hand-carved molds work too.

      The exceptions are where high strength is needed – requiring forged, not cast or sintered metal – and where tight dimensional tolerances are needed, requiring machining after the casting and forging. Both those requirements may be met by buying generic forged metal bars and applying computer-numerically-controlled machining. There are home CNC machining centers in addition to the big tools in every machine shop. That seems to mean that home-made guns are now easier than factory-made guns were in John Moses Browning’s day, when hand-filing was needed to fit the parts together.

      But I guess it is nice to get a head start by buying many of the parts from salvage.

  4. Sammy, you old totalitarian mouthpiece, you.
    The trouble isn’t with “Ghost Guns”, it’s with people killing one another,
    Believe it or not, there was a time when shotguns came from the factories without serial numbers. Were they all “Ghost Guns”?
    Stop the killing and the need to worry about “Ghost Guns” will disappear as if by magic.
    But that requires looking at the morality of people, and you will doubtless repeat the old canard about the inability to legislate morality. But a law against murder or theft or speeding, or even parking in a handicapped parking space is exactly that.

    • As the late Jeff Cooper put it (bold emphasis mine), “The media insist that crime is the major concern of the American public today. In this connection they generally push the point that a disarmed society would be a crime-free society. They will not accept the truth that if you take all the guns off the street you still will have a crime problem, whereas if you take the criminals off the street you cannot have a gun problem.

      (More Jeff Cooper quotes at the Buckeye Firearms Association. Enjoy!)

    • IIRC, guns were not required to have a trackable serial number here in the US until the GCA of 1968. Until then, the cheaper guns didn’t have one. It cost money to add that number and store the paperwork at the factory. I suspect that only makers that sold guns to governments would bother with that system, and even that didn’t always extend to their cheaper models. Hard to justify a fixed cost being added to a gun that only retailed for a few dollars.

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