The GAO- Government Accountability Office serves as the investigative arm of Congress. Since we are not speaking about a law enforcement agency, it would be obvious they to investigate many things. Very often, their investigations encompass financial matters since much of what Congress does is pay for stuff using our money, but that is not all they really do.
Recently, the GAO chose to try and buy some illegal firearms on the internet. And not the dark web or something like that, but the same one internet we, the ordinary people use on a regular basis.
And guess how it went.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) ended a study late last year designed to determine ease of illegal purchases of firearms online. Results released on Nov. 21, 2017, indicate that zero of its 72 attempts resulted in a successful transaction on the “Surface Web”—that part of the Internet, like here, that doesn’t run with a secondary encryption software to hide identities.
It’s “searchable with standard web search engines,” the report explains. “Furthermore, in 5 of these 72 attempts, the accounts GAO set up were frozen by the websites, which prevented the agents from using the forums and attempting to make a purchase.”
Passing over two years, you would think they already have figured out how to make at least one illegal firearms purchase, but they did not. Not a single one.
While this probably should be proclaimed as good news for anti-gun zealots, it won’t be. This proves that the laws at this moment work just fine on the books and that any new firearm laws aren’t needed, which negates pretty much their reason for existing.
Meantime, those who have a little bit better computer skills and know how to access the dark web definitely can buy illegal firearms if they’ve got the cash, despite the law. After all, you can simply buy people on the dark web, so buying guns is a small bite in that game.
Yet we are constantly telling you can buy guns right off the internet without any background check and have them shipped right to your door.
Although anyone familiar with firearms knows this would be complete and total bull, still the stories persist. They continue to spread it not because they have not been informed they’re wrong, but since it’s inconvenient to accept the fact that they’re wrong. Even in a case, they understand it, they cannot act like they understand it, otherwise…
So, who knows the real reason, but they simply will not show their fellow anti-gun jihadis that the black market isn’t helping gun sales to criminals.
Here’s the proof, anyway. Over two years, the GAO–operating under the Obama, they couldn’t manage to pull off one illegal firearms sale through the internet.
Now, that is not to say that it never happens. Sure that it does, and not only on the dark web. However, criminal acts take their place all the time through the net, but it doesn’t make them any more legal.
What do we see is just how rarely such acts are. If these were a common event, it seems clear that the GAO would have had no trouble finding firearms to buy illegally. But, they did. They had so much trouble they could not even pull off one illegal buy.
Just remember that the next time some disturbing gun grabber starts talking about buying illegal firearms off the internet.