USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- With the election less than a year away, several well know liberal sources are paying for mainstream media pieces to trash the NRA and gun owners in general. The facts are on our side. Here the seven biggest lies they tell, and how to counter them.
Lie Number 1: The whole Nation is calling for gun control.
NOPE! Gun Control is not universal, and it is driven solely by a handful of liberal elitists in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco/LA. I offer for your consideration three maps showing CCW availability in the counties in CA and NY(link), and the US. Surprised how much green and yellow there is in these liberal states? Gun control is driven solely by the coastal liberal elite.
It isn’t the nation that wants guns banned; it’s big democrat stronghold cities that want us all to be like them. They’ve failed their citizens. More than 51% of all shootings happen in just 2% of the counties in the country.
- 83% of all shootings are gang or drug-related.
- 52% of all shootings are black on black violence, committed by a black man under 30.
So 3% of the US population does more than half the killing. Most of those guns were illegally obtained. This from the FBI’s UCR, 30% of the guns confiscated in crimes in CA are “ghost guns.” Gun control has failed my home state of CA. Changes in technology are making gun laws irrelevant.
Lie Number 2: We need gun control to keep children safe.
If you remove gang and drug-related shooting from the list, America is one of the safest countries in the world. Without suicides, there are about 10,000-gun deaths a year, remove gang and drug murders, and that number drops to under 2,000 a year. While each loss of life is a tragedy, your chance of being shot is slightly less than your chances of being struck by lightning, providing you’re not dealing with drugs or belong to a violent street gang.
Four thousand people, including children, die from texting while driving, 150 in school shootings! Why has the left not called for a teen ban on cell phones? Why is HOW a child is lost so much more relevant to the left than THAT they are lost?
Lie Number 3: The U.S. is the leader in mass shootings.
Among industrialized nations, the US, as of April 2018, is 9th in mass shootings. There is a countering study, done by a liberal professor, Adam Lankford, who will not release his data or allow for review by other scholars. This is one of the problems with the left; they lie. The purpose of gun control is to scare suburban women to vote for Democrats.
Lie Number 4: Having a gun around increases your chance of being shot.
According to a study requested by Barack Obama from the CDC, guns save lives. A LOT of lives. Does anyone recall this study getting extensive media coverage or the administration plugging its key findings? Of course not. It doesn't support their anti-Second Amendment, anti-gun ideology, therefore it's ignored as if it never happened.
Lie Number 5: The NRA buys politicians to oppose gun safety laws.
It’s not about the NRA, but the Left trashes the NRA and makes the NRA their scapegoat. Let’s be blunt. The NRA is a tiny organization with a limited pocketbook. They spent $35 million on the 2016 election to oppose Hillary after she called for gun confiscation. Dark Money spending backing Hillary exceeded $1.4 TRILLION. I would propose to you that money is NOT what makes the NRA powerful. The NRA is an influencer. They’ve been that since the 1930s when Democrats tried to ban the private ownership of guns. Part of the liberal strategy for winning elections is to discredit and demonize the NRA.
Lie Number 6: There are not that many gun owners in the U.S.
With 120,000,000-gun owners in the US, all over the age of 18, we are the largest single voting block in the country. No first-time presidential candidate has ever won on a gun banning agenda. Al Gore lost his home state of Tennessee when he called for a universal handgun ban.
Lie Number 7: We only want “weapons of war” off the streets.
When Democrats call for a ban on “assault weapons,” they mean ALL semi-automatic firearms. While they talk about banning “weapons of war,” they want your 10/22. What they say in public and what they put in their bills are two different things.
If Democrats in Virginia were honest about their plans to ban the ownership of firearms, they would never have been elected. The real problem is that liberals LIE about their anti-gun agenda until they are in office.
So, what can you do?
Stay informed and help inform others. Share this article on social media, get your friends to subscribe to AmmoLand.com. It seems simple right? Don’t let the anti-gun liars get off scot-free. Open your mouth and challenge them with FACTS! Our best tool is education. Bring the facts to the forefront, fight liberal lies. We’ll arm you with those facts; Liberals hate that by the way.
About Don McDougall
Don McDougall is an NRA instructor and member of the Los Padres “Friends of the NRA” committee. If he's not at the range, you will find him setting the record straight with on gun issues and gun safety on AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.