Martin O'Malley isn’t exactly going to win the Democrat presidential nomination, but he’s giving it the old college try. And gun control is his great idea. Naturally, he begins with the usual expansion of background checks. These are already nearly universal, but O'Malley repeats a debunked statistic that 40% of all firearm sales are conducted without a check. Barack Obama loves that stat, too, but it’s garbage. It originated from a single 1994 phone survey of 251 people, and even then gun grabbers rounded up to 40% who “probably didn’t” buy their gun from a licensed dealer. Basing any policy on such grossly inaccurate statistics is beyond idiotic, but that’s why Democrats keep doing it.

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