In Part Uno, we discussed the stupidity of the lecture on rich people owning slaves. In Part Deux, we’ll discuss the stupidity of blaming rich people for illegal arms sales.
Throughout this discussion, we’ll need to ignore the fact that the Resistance likely purchased their arms from illegal arms dealers such as those depicted in the film since the First Order was in control of the galaxy. This, of course, means that by hurting “those guys,” Finn and Rose unwittingly also hurt their own cause. But let’s put that aside for this discussion.
Do rich people like Donald Trump who run casinos engage in illegal arms dealings? Not really. As a result, there’s almost no information to be found on casino big-wigs involved in arms dealing illicit or otherwise.
Now, this could be a nuanced reference to gun shows which sometimes take place in conference halls at casinos. But if that’s the case, then there’s a huge problem with that allegory; gun sales at gun shows take place legally, and the people purchasing the guns are law-abiding citizens.
“Under current federal law, it is illegal to “engage in the business” of “dealing in firearms” without a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.1 “Engaged in the business” means buying and selling firearms as a regular business with the objective of profit.2 Violations carry a five year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.”
“A 2006 FBI study of criminals who attacked law enforcement officers found that within their sample, “None of the [attackers’] rifles, shotguns, or handguns … were obtained from gun shows or related activities.” Ninety-seven percent of guns in the study were obtained illegally, and the assailants interviewed had nothing but contempt for gun laws. As one offender put it, “[T]he 8,000 new gun laws would have made absolutely [no difference], whatsoever, about me getting a gun. … I never went into a gun store or to a gun show or to a pawn shop or anyplace else where firearms are legally bought and sold.”
While illegal gun sales rarely take place at gun shows in Casinos or elsewhere, they do take place when facilitated by government officials. Contrast the reality of gun shows with the Fast & Furious gun running program.
And keep in mind, “that this project took place out of the Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.‘” The very same Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that dealers at gun shows are required to purchase licenses from.
So it’s not people running casinos like Donald Trump that we need to worry about in this regard.
In Part Trois, we’ll tackle the foolishness in “freeing” domesticated animals.