Watch: Guns Being Sold Illegally at Arizona Gun Show

In what is I am sure a surprise to nobody, it turns out that guns are still being sold illegally at gun shows, even after the attempted political assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that left 6 dead, including a 9-year old, a federal judge and a member of her staff.

The videos above (put together by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, for whom I consult) is from two weeks later at the Crossroads of the West gun show in Phoenix, Arizona. What happened just south of them at a public event being held by a Congresswoman? No worries.

Even the lax standards that currently exist for "private sellers" at gun shows, namely that they don't sell a gun to someone they suspect couldn't pass a background check (they are not required to actually conduct a check), is too much regulation for many of these guys (video 1). And when the sale is "legal," (video 2) it just means no reason was given in 2 minutes or so for the seller to use his vast powers of ESP to determine he was selling a Glock with a high-capacity magazine to the Columbine Killers, or members of Hezbollah.

And we are the ones who end up paying the ultimate price.

Yes, they have returned rather quickly to a pre-Tuscon mentality. If they ever wavered. It is going to be up to us to stop the gun manufacturers from continuing to profit from blocking universal background checks so they can continue to sell guns to terrorists--both foreign and domestic--, school shooters, anti-government lunatics, Mexican-drug cartels, and other reputable members of civil society.

AlterNet / By Cliff Schecter

Posted at February 7, 2011, 9:22am

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