In this morning’s Houston Chronicle, Dane Schiller updates the paper’s Narco Confidential blog with a post regarding the top ten reasons the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has denied purchases for potential gun buyers. I don’t know Dane Schiller. However; I do know guns and it is clear the Dane doesn’t know anything about guns and doesn’t care to check the facts before posting mindless drivel and calling it journalism.
In this latest post, Schiller states that there were more than 174 million NICS requests this year and that Texas leads the nation with a million requests through the end of August. Schiller also states there have been over a million NICS denials this year. I don’t doubt that there have been well over a million firearms transaction in Texas this year but, the very source Schiller cites (The Federal Bureau of Investigations) contradicts the post.
There have not been 174 million NICS requests to buy firearms this year. That’s the total number of NICS requests over the life of the NICS program from November 30, 1998 through August 31, 2013. The graphic Schiller used to illustrate the top tens reasons for denials (above), also clearly states that those million-plus denials occurred over the life of the NICS program, not just this year.
Sadly, there are people who will read the Chronicle and assume what is published is fact that’s been checked for accuracy. Clearly that is not something that happens with the Houston Chronicle. Even if the Chronicle or Schiller see themselves as biased, they clearly aren’t interested in getting the facts right when it comes to the issue of guns. They, like so many other media outlets, consistently misreport the facts on anything relating to guns. Worse, some plainly lie but then, I’m sure I’m just preaching to the choir.