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Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“Project Censored interrogates the present in the same way that Oliver Stone and I tried to interrogate the past in our Untold History of the United States. It not only shines a penetrating light on the American Empire and all its deadly, destructive, and deceitful actions, it does so at a time when the Obama administration is mounting a fierce effort to silence truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Project Censored provides the kind of fearless and honest journalism we so desperately need in these dangerous times.” —Peter Kuznick, professor of history, American University, and coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States
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“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.
“Censored 2014 is a clarion call for truth telling. Not only does this volume highlight fearless speech in fateful times, it connect the dots between the key issues we face, lauds our whistleblowers and amplifies their voices, and shines light in the dark places of our government that most need exposure.” –Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers
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“In another home run for Project Censored, Censored 2013 shows how the American public has been bamboozled, snookered, and dumbed down by the corporate media. It is chock-full of ‘ah-ha’ moments where we understand just how we’ve been fleeced by banksters, stripped of our civil liberties, and blindly led down a path of never-ending war.” –Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK.
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“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)

Gun Show Loophole Allows Anyone to Purchase a Gun

A Small news site, The Week, posted an interesting article on gun shows written by an award-winning member of the White House press corps, Paul Brandus. The gun show in question takes place in Fairfax county Virginia. Unlicensed firearm dealers make up to 25 to 50 percent of sales at gun shows just like this as estimated by the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE). This along with private transactions makes, what is called by gun control advocates, the “Gun-show loophole”. The gun-show loophole allows anyone to purchase a firearm without having to pass a federal background check. Firearm enthusiasts say that the term “loophole” is misleading because private transactions are completely legal and no laws are being broken.

Despite the appearance that no background checks for a firearm sale would be illegal, in the case of a private transaction, it is legal. The Commerce Clause of the US Constitution states that the federal government only has the right to regulate commerce between states and not within the state itself. It is within the state’s own constitutional right to regulate firearm sales within its borders. 33 states within the United States allow private gun owners to sell their firearms, ammunition, and firearm accessories without the use of federal background checks.


Paul Brandus, “What I learned at the Gunshow,” The Week, February 25, 2013.

Guns Acquired without Background Checks,             

Student Researcher: Adam Mullins, Indian River State College

Faculty Evaluator: Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D., Indian River State College



Regulations of firearm sales have been in question for quite some time since the string of recent shootings within the United States. Despite gun laws and control being argued in the mass media by politicians and activists, what about coverage concerning “The gun-show loophole”? Not many sources covered this highly relevant side to the argument. If the problem with controlling guns and the sale of guns lies within the regulations required to purchase them, then “the gun-show loophole” can be an even bigger issue. Private transactions currently allow the ability to buy firearms without the federal background check of a standard firearm sale. Along with private transactions are unlicensed dealers who do not abide by the federal rules of selling firearms.

The ethical issue raised by “The gun-show loophole” is that the federal statutes to control the selling of firearms to those deemed “unsafe” are being violated. The National Firearms Act enacted in 1934 mandated transfers of ownership of firearms through the National Firearms Act (NFA) registry and state crossings to be reported to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The Gun Control Act (GCA) of 1968 is supposed to prohibit interstate firearms transfers except among licensed sellers, manufacturers, and importers. Under the GCA, regulation of certain categories of individuals are prohibited from the purchase of firearms. These individuals include felons who were convicted to serve prison sentences longer than one year, those adjudicated as mental defectives, fugitives of justice, non-US citizens, those convicted of domestic violence, addicts to any controlled substance, and those who have restraining orders against them from others. These laws were enacted with the safety of United States citizens in mind.

The gun-show loophole does not abide by these regulations, nor is the safety of the regulations being applied. It can make one wonder about the impact of these laws if guns can be purchased at most, if not all, gun shows without following them. Firearm sales are so high that federal agencies aren’t able to keep accurate up to date records of firearms sold without background checks, but the last estimate was that 40 percent of all gun sales are made from private sellers who are exempt from the requirements. An issue raised by the Commerce Clause that allows private sellers to conduct their sales behind regulations is the ethicality of the sales. Are private sellers the best determinate of who should be buying a firearm? In most cases, they have no idea who the person they are selling to really is.

From the perspective of Immanuel Kant, the well know 18th Century ethical thinker, which holds that humans are not to be treated as a mere means but as respectable individuals, the gun-show loophole could be condemned as it treats people as mere sales in private transactions. The safety and well-being of the buyer and those around him are ignored for pure profit in these transactions. Most gun enthusiasts claim that only a small minority of private transactions hand guns to criminals and that the current laws for licensed firearm sales need to be strengthened before any new ones are even considered. While it is true that Seung-Hui Cho (Virgina Tech shooter), Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook shooter) both bought their weapons legally through licensed dealers, who is to say that mentally unstable shooters might not purchase more firearms with less hassle in the future through the gun show loophole? It is, at the moment, another mass murder waiting to happen.

Brandus’ article mentions Omar Samaha, a Virginia man who lost the life of his sister in the Virgina Tech massacre. In 2009, Omar Samaha went on behalf of ABC news with $5,000 and was able to purchase 10 firearms within one hour- without a background check with no questions asked. The point proven is that any person can do the same; had Omar been a criminal, or mentally unstable he still would have been able to acquire several firearms with ease. A large majority of gun massacres have been faulted to errors in licensed seller’s failures in completing all mandatory background checks. Reinforcing the current laws would improve the situation but bring greater attention to the gun-show loophole for those looking to acquire firearms that are prohibited to do so by the GCA. If the safety of the United States citizens is able to be improved by whatever federal regulatory means necessary then it should be considered to say the least.

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