Internet Gun Buy Investigation Fail, ordered by Capitol Hill Dems
Dem-ordered study to expose illegal online gun sales backfires
Last week we reported on an investigation that was a total failure. Over 70+ times, investigators from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) had tried to purchase firearms illegally over the surface internet with no one taking the bait from their attempts to entrap them.
Legal firearm owners, en masse’ are not as feeble minded as leftist media outlets and anti-gun advocates would have the general public of the United States believe.
“Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as well as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, had commissioned the Government Accountability Office report to look into how online private dealers might be selling guns to people not allowed to have them.
Their efforts were based on a 2016 report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which claimed that “anonymity of the internet makes it an ideal means for prohibited individuals to obtain illegal firearms.”
Over the course of the two-and-a-half year investigation, agents tried to buy firearms illegally on the “Surface Web” and the “Dark Web,” generally by sharing their status as “prohibited individuals” or trying to buy across state lines.
But the GAO revealed that their 72 attempts outside of the dark web were all “unsuccessful.”
“Private sellers on Surface Web gun forums and in classified ads were unwilling to sell a firearm to our agents that self-identified as being prohibited from possessing a firearm,” the GAO reported, noting that in their “72 attempts … 56 sellers refused to complete a transaction once we revealed that either the shipping address was across state lines or that we were prohibited by law from owning firearms.” In the other cases, the investigators’ website was frozen or they encountered suspected scammers.
On the dark web, GAO agents successfully purchased two guns illegally, as the serial numbers on the weapons were “obliterated” and “shipped across state lines.” But in the attempt to purchase, the GAO agents “did not disclose any information indicating they were prohibited from possessing a firearm.”
The NRA described the study as an attempt to model the findings of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2015 report, titled “Point, Click, Fire: An investigation of illegal online gun sales,” which found that 62 percent of private sellers were willing to proceed with a sale, even if the prospective purchaser could not pass a background check.
Now, as for the 2 successful purchases of the “Dark Web”, as frightening as that may be, I have to say that a vast majority of people in the world don’t even know what the hell it is let alone how to access and utilize it. Those that do utilize the “dark Web” are nefarious to begin with in humble opinion.
If they weren’t up to shady dealings to begin with, then why would they be using the “dark web” to begin with?
In short, Government tax dollars were spent to find out that Legal Gun Owners selling firearms know the law, and don’t break it. And that shady, ill intention-ed individuals utilize any means they can like the “dark web” to achieve their goals. ALl things that anyone with even an iota of common sense could have already told Capitol hill, had they only asked.