How To Prove The NRA Is Wrong: Just Make Stuff Up… ANTI-GUN VIDEO

Opinion
By Chris Knox and Jeff Knox

Buckeye, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, turned ubiquitous talking head on left-leaning cable news and radio, recently published five talking points that he claims shoot holes in the NRA's (here meaning all gun-rights supporters') arguments.  The points are not at all unique to Mr. Reich, so we thought it would be worthwhile to take a closer look.

Reich's Point Number 1: Gun laws save lives.

“Consider the federal assault weapons ban. After it became law in 1994, gun massacres – defined as instances of gun violence in which six or more people were shot and killed – fell by 37 percent. The number of people dying from mass shootings fell by 43 percent. But when Republicans in Congress let the ban lapse in 2004, gun massacres more than doubled.”

Nonsense. Reich doesn’t cite a source for his claims because there is no credible source drawing that conclusion.  Start with his definition of “gun massacres” being shootings resulting in 6 or more deaths. Despite a rash of those horrible events, massacres, by any definition, remain rare.  But because of their horrific nature, they draw media, following the ancient newspaper adage, “If it bleeds, it leads.” As a result the nation fixes its gaze on a single-digit percentage of all crime involving guns, and a fraction of a percent of overall deaths.

With such a small sample size, a difference of one or two incidents has a dramatic impact when presented as a percentage.  Thirty-seven percent of 10,000 would be a significant result, but 37% of 3 would be one more or less – a meaningless statistical anomaly.  There's no way of knowing exactly what Reich's percentages are based on though, because he provides no source, and most tellingly, no real numbers.  In short, Reich's first point is just short of a total fabrication.

Reich’s Point Number 2: The Second Amendment was never intended to permit mass slaughter.

When the Constitution was written more than 200 years ago, the framers’ goal was [to] permit a “well-regulated militia,” not to enable Americans to terrorize their communities.

The First Amendment was written more than 200 years ago and the founders’ goal was to protect people's right to assemble in person, and protect the press – newspapers printed on paper, not to enable the mass propagation of fake news by internet trolls.  But few today would argue that the First Amendment does not apply to online communications. The rights recognized by the Bill of Rights are not dependent on technology.

It is also worth noting that during the framers’ time, it was common for private citizens who could afford them to own canons, and even fully-armed warships.  The right to arms does not “permit mass slaughter,” and restricting that right does not prevent mass slaughter. Every day over 100 million lawful gunowners don't kill anyone or terrorize their communities.  Restricting their rights will not prevent evil people from doing evil things.

Reich's Point Number 3: More guns have not, and will not, make us safer.

“More than 30 studies show that guns are linked to an increased risk for violence and homicide. In 1996, Australia initiated a mandatory buyback program to reduce `the number of guns in private ownership. Their firearm homicide rate fell 42 percent in the seven years that followed.”

Once again, Mr. Reich throws around “studies” but fails to mention which ones.  We can easily present more than 30 studies that show that gun control laws don't reduce risks of violence.  In fact, in the late 1970s Wright and Rossi produced a study funded by the Carter Justice Department, with the objective of determining which “gun control” programs were most effective.  They found none. In the mid-2000s, both the Centers for Disease Control and the National Science Foundation did independent reviews with the same objective. Both reviews reached the same conclusion as Wright and Rossi: that there is no clear evidence that any gun control laws have effectively reduced crime.

Not surprisingly, Mr. Reich also fails to mention that murder rates in Australia were declining prior to the massacre that triggered their gun ban and confiscation.  The rates went up slightly in the year right after the ban, then resumed their downward trend at a slower pace than previously, and slower than the rate enjoyed in the U.S., where gun laws were being liberalized, and gun ownership was skyrocketing.

Reich's Point Number 4: The vast majority of Americans want stronger gun safety laws.

“According to Gallup, 96 percent of Americans support universal background checks, 75 percent support a 30-day waiting period for all gun sales, and 70 percent favor requiring all privately owned guns to be registered with the police. Even the vast majority of gun owners are in favor of common-sense gun safety laws.”

Gallup polls also concluded that Hillary Clinton was supposed to be our president.

Poll results depend on how questions are phrased and asked.  A good many Americans support some of the general ideas around gun control, but absolutely reject specific proposals.  Rephrase the question about “universal” (sic) background checks to ask whether it should be a felony for you to lend your gun to a friend for target practice, and different answers come back, as they did in Nevada and Maine when such proposals were put to voters.

Reich's Point Number 5: The National Rifle Association is a special interest group with a stranglehold on the Republican Party.

“In 2016, the group spent a record [for them] $55 million on elections. Their real goal is to protect a few big gun manufacturers who want to enlarge their profits.

America is better than the NRA. America is the young people from Parkland, Florida, who are telling legislators to act like adults. It’s time all of us listen.”

Gun prohibitionists routinely target the NRA instead of ordinary American gun owners.  It's certainly easier to stir fear and uncertainty about some large organization funded by a faceless industry than to risk humanizing the opposition.  Even so, the NRA's power does not arise from industry money, it comes from millions of individuals who freely choose to defend their rights with their voices, their votes, and their dollars.

Something else worth mentioning is that while Reich and other media accuse NRA of buying politicians with their $55 million in election spending in 2016, labor unions reportedly spent $1.7 billion on those elections.

If those talking points are the strongest assault an Ivy League lawyer can launch against the unfettered right to arms for defense of self, family, home, and homeland, then the Second Amendment should be safe for a while longer.  Unfortunately, these and similar points rarely get any sort of honest scrutiny in the media shouting matches, so it's up to you to call them out every time they pop up again.

Jeff Knox
Jeff Knox

About Jeff Knox:

Jeff Knox is a second-generation political activist and director of The Firearms Coalition. His father Neal Knox led many of the early gun rights battles for your right to keep and bear arms. Read Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War.

The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition has offices in Buckeye, Arizona and Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

  • 13 thoughts on “How To Prove The NRA Is Wrong: Just Make Stuff Up… ANTI-GUN VIDEO

    1. Also notice he says *firearms* homicide rate fell 42% after the Australian buyback (though the graphic simply says homicide rate). It’s something I’ve heard others point out when the antis talk about other countries’ laws preventing gun crime- they don’t ever mention violent crime as a whole. What good is it to reduce gun crime if you don’t reduce violent crime?

    2. Reich has a little man complex that keeps him shooting his rabid mouth off and telling lies like he has always done. He must be getting poor because he is back to running his mouth for a few bucks.

    3. It item #1, notice our Reich changes the number of people required to be killed before it is considered a mass shooting. The number that is always used is 4. He is using 6. That greatly reduces the number of shooting during the AWB years. He’s probably using 4 for the years after the AWB sunset. Any one betting against me on that one?

    4. Wanna Make a BIG DENT in gun violence ? Try this:

      1. Bring back Capital Punishment for anyone committing a firearm crime.; If convicted of murder you get the Death Penalty. Twenty five years for all others. No ifs ands or buts.

      2. Bring back the Guillotine. Make a video of its actual use. Make ALL persons accused of a firearm crime watch this video.

      3.Make it a Law that any and all doctors must report persons with mental problems.

      1. Wayne, Some very good, and 1 flawed response. Your first 2 comments are excellent, but we must take into account that the left prohibits the death penalty, except for the murder of unborn children. #3 gives too broad a spectrum of reporting by doctors that may not have the knowledge to discern mental problems. They could also be agenda driven, and be looking for people to report. The old adage “Be careful what you ask for, because you may get it” comes to mind. Just my humble opinion.

          1. Larry, The contradiction by the Left that they want to confiscate guns to “save the children.” They are so disingenuous because at the same time they promote abortion. That is the murder of the most innocent. More contradictory is their denial of the “Death Penalty.” Ask any liberal why they believe the murder of innocent babies is ok but killing murders is not?

    5. In court lawyer argue the law, facts and emotions. Since the facts about the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights are hard to refute and the law is pretty clear, the argument is emotional.
      Security of a free state means a non tyrannical form of government. The Declaration of Independence says the people must have the power to oppose tyranny because it is their duty. No tyrant will authorize a force that has the power and intent to depose the dictator. The well regulated militia must be a viable force capable of restoring freedom.
      It must be assumed that every politician who proposes infringing the right of the people to keep and bear arms wants a dictator and a tyrant.
      Most of te people “mouthing off” for common sense gun control are just blind followers, those in the now may be only 5%. The trick is knowing who is an idiot follwing a false prophet and which is a Hitler in waiting.

    6. Re: ” the framers’ goal was [to] permit a “well-regulated militia”

      No – the framers “goal” was clearly stated in the preamble to the Bill of Rights where it says “The convention of a number of states having at the time of their adopting of the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse, of its powers that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added”. Note that when the Second Amendment was written, every weapon was a weapon of war, there were no restrictions on the private ownership of weapons and the militia was equally matched with the Continental Army. After all, if they weren’t equally matched, it would be pretty hard to deter or prevent a “misconstruction or abuse, of the government’s powers” – so in reality, the citizen militia of today should have the same firearms as the current US military. Unfortunately we are no longer equally matched because we have let our gun rights be eroded by buying into this notion if we just compromise to accommodate the people who – for whatever reason – don’t like guns they will quit trying to take away our gun rights. History has shown that no matter how much we compromise, it’s never enough so we need to stop compromising.

      1. “The right of self defense is the first law of nature. In most governments, it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Whenever standing armies are kept up, and when the right of people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty , if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.” – Henry St. George Tucker, Blackstone’s 1789 Commentaries on the Laws of England

    7. I’m a NRA Member i stand for the second amendment period! If someone have a problem with what i said. Then try to do something about it. It won’t work. I’ll protect myself rather anybody else do or don’t. I was a victim of Violence twice in my life i refuse to become a victim again.

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