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Friday, 27 April 2001 12:00 AM

Ted Kennedy and his fellow anti-Second Amendment friends have now introduced their latest anti-gun bill in the Congress. This particular bill is designed to "close the gun show loophole."

As usual, these anti-gun zealots are using distortions, half-truths and outright lies to promote their cause and this bill. In short, the bill is not about gun shows. It's about taking your guns.

Here are a couple of little factoids you can use.

There are more than enough studies to back this claim up.

Go back to the mid-1980s. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) studied some convicted felons. It was determined that these criminals bought guns at gun shows so infrequently that it just wasn't worth the NIJ's time to report these sales as a separate category.

Handgun Control Inc. knows that purchases at gun shows are not a big problem. An HCI report says that only two of 48 big city police chiefs thought that gun show sales were a problem.

And one more: A 1997 study from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics on firearms purchases showed that only 1.7 percent of crime guns were acquired at gun shows.

This one is great! Here you get a good object lesson in just how liberals absolutely must lie and distort the truth in order to promote their agenda.

Here's an often-repeated statement from the anti-gun crowd: "From 25 percent to 50 percent of all vendors at most gun shows are unlicensed gun dealers."

Know what? They're right! That sentence, as it stands, might well be absolutely right.

Now, do this. Add just one word – the word "firearms" – to that sentence in just the right spot and it becomes a total lie. Here's your new sentence: "From 25 percent to 50 percent of all

That sentence is a lie. Here's what the anti-gun crowd did to reach their "25 percent to 50 percent" figure. They included all vendors who buy space at the gun shows. This includes vendors for t-shirts, jackets, hot dogs and cokes, gun safes, jewelry cleaning solutions, books, accessories, hardware – all manner of things besides guns. These people don't, in fact, have federal firearms licenses. Know why? Because they don't sell firearms!

Now, here's another little fact that Kennedy and the other anti-Second Amendment zealots won't tell you. If you don't believe it, I challenge you to prove me wrong. The same laws that apply to gun sales and purchases everywhere else in this country apply at gun shows. There are NO exemptions.

Don't some of you wonder why the anti-gun lobby has to rely so much on distortions and outright lies to promote its cause? Why can't they use the truth?

Simple. The truth just isn't on their side.

Colin Powell has now weighed in on the drug war. All of that cocaine down there in Colombia and other Latin American countries? You know whose fault that is? Blame it all on rich drug users, that's who! Yeah, Colin Powell says it's all Robert Downey Jr.'s fault.

Wrong, Colin. Colombia wouldn't be ravaged by drugs and drug warlords if it were not for the drug prohibition in this country. Blame the war on drugs, not Robert Downey Jr.

The Lone Liberal is upset. He's upset because Talk Radio is dominated by conservatives and libertarians. Well, there's a reason for that. Simply stated, unlike a commentator or a columnist, a talk show host can't hide from his audience. Once the talk host spews forth his views he faces those telephones. A conservative or libertarian can stand up to the challenge. Liberals can't. Truth and logic will derail liberal rhetoric every time.

Well, the Lone Liberal isn't giving up that easy. He's featured in this month's issue of Talkers magazine. Not only that, he has his own Web site! Here's your link: http://www.loneliberal.com/. You can even read "The Lone Liberal's Manifesto." I hope this guy doesn't try to send me any packages through the mail.

By the way, I think I know who this guy is, and if I'm right – I'm glad he's wearing a mask.

I'm a regular contributor to Talkers. I'll give you a link for the magazine, too: http://www.talkers.com. Enjoy.

Border Patrol agents have become trash collectors.

In addition to their primary mission – which is to prevent illegal aliens from entering the United States – Border Patrol agents have been assigned another task: Pick up after them. Apparently illegals coming from Mexico tend to drop stuff on their way to the border.

That's not all. Agents are no longer allowed to walk or drive on land with sensitive plants. The powers that be are afraid they'll disturb endangered species like the desert tortoise.

What does this mean for illegal immigrants? It tells them they're home free if they can make their border crossing on protected land – because they know the Border Patrol won't be able to follow them! Bob Goldsborough of American Immigration Control told Fox News, "If there's a bank robber and the police are called in, you don't tell the police to stay off the flower beds. This is the same thing. It is simply a misdirection of their time and energy."

And it makes for a less efficient, more expensive Border Patrol. One agent told Fox News that "what took maybe one agent to work a group before maybe takes two or three now."

Now, I'm all for protecting the environment ... but does this sound like a good use of your tax dollars? Do you really want them to be armed trash collectors? Do you want the Border Patrol to allow illegal aliens into this country because some environmentalist official said they couldn't give chase over protected land?

What's more important: protecting the desert tortoise or preventing thousands of illegal aliens from crossing into the United States, applying for government assistance, and creating an additional burden on taxpayers?

So, you're the mayor of a major Midwestern city, and you're looking to mend some fences after a recent spate of race riots. What do you do? You give the rioters a handout!

That's what the city of Cincinnati wants to do this summer. On Tuesday, the city's business and political leaders presented their $2.2 million plan to create 3,000 summer jobs for teenagers. Called the Summer Youth Employment Initiative, the plan will give low-income teens a chance to link up with employers. The effort begins with a massive job fair on May 19. $1.5 million in funding for the program will come from Hamilton County's welfare-reform budget; Cincinnati will throw in $300,000, and the empowerment zone board will kick in $400,000.

Meanwhile, according to City Councilman Phil Heimlich, the city is about $750,000 short on helping businesses that sustained property damage during the riots. He wants to know why the city is paying $300,000 to keep kids off the streets instead of using that money to help these businesses.

What kind of harebrained scheme is this? I'll bet the owners of those riot-damaged businesses are feeling a little betrayed right now. They pump hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of tax dollars into the city's economy every year. Three thousand low-income kids with summer jobs won't do that.

And what does it say about the city's leadership when they fund a job program for Cincinnati's low-income Teens – some of whom were probably involved in the race riots – instead of helping businesses get back on their feet?

This is just another "feel good" program that puts a little Band-Aid on a gaping wound.

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