NRA-ILA Discusses Gun Control’s Crisis of Credibility

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U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Who can you trust? We live in the era of fake news, spin, and shifting narratives. Everything seems to be political. Maybe that’s the wrong question. Maybe we should be asking, “who do you trust?” Recently published research has the answers.

Anti-gun activists want you to trust doctors with no constitutional law or law enforcement expertise. They also want you to trust celebrities, people famous not for their ability to craft policy but their ability to entertain the masses – or at least some segment of the masses.

Social media has given celebrities a platform that amplifies their opinions and importance based not on merit but popularity. Blockbuster movies, gold records, or once-loved-sitcoms do not build expertise on policy. Neither does medical training. Doctors may obtain considerably more formal education than most, but formal education in medicine does not produce policy experts. Time and againentertainers and doctors are put front-and-center of gun control events.

paper published in the journal Preventive Medicine examined who the American public trusted most as messengers on firearm safety. The authors asked respondents to rank 14 types of people and organizations in terms of credibility to discuss firearm safety. The authors focus on suicide prevention, but the messengers were also ranked on credibility for homicide prevention and accident prevention. The results?

Doctors and celebrities were last. That isn’t possible – they can’t both be last. Doctors were ranked 12th out of 14 and celebrities were actually last. “Casual acquaintances” were 13thThis infographic provides a very useful breakdown of the study findings across racial and gender groups. Celebrities and doctors or medical professionals were consistently rated as the least credible messengers for suicide, homicide, and accident prevention.

The most credible sources were, in order, law enforcement, current military personnel, veterans, and the National Rifle Association. Even respondents who did not own a firearm or otherwise have a firearm in their home rated the NRA fourth – well above medical professionals and celebrities.

Celebrities are used – willingly, perhaps as true believers or as fans of the attention – to attract attention to the cause. Doctors and medical professionals are used because they supposedly lend an air of authority and credibility to the issue…except that they do not, as this survey confirms. No one would mistake the paper’s authors for being pro-gun activists. The lead author, Doctor Michael D. Anestis, runs the New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center at Rutgers University.

NRA’s high ranking as a credible messenger on these issues should carry some weight, but we are often vilified and used as a foil by gun control activists. Their general strategy has been to use the NRA as a boogeyman, an unreasonable obstacle to enacting their “common sense” efforts to strip the gun rights of millions of Americans. Recognizing that the NRA is both a leader in actual gun safety – with millions of Americans trained by NRA-certified instructors – and a beacon of credibility on the issue should cool these efforts, but we won’t hold our breath.

Instead, let’s discuss another finding from a different survey. This study on “Medical Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs towards Firearm Ownership and Reporting” was conducted by doctors – medical and PhDs – and a medical student, and was published in the Journal of Education & Social Policy. From the abstract

“In this study, medical students were queried on their knowledge, attitudes, and actions surrounding firearm ownership using a short survey. Results found that students overwhelmingly believe gun control is an important issue and the majority support gun control. However, less than 40% of students were able to pass a 10-question quiz on current gun laws.”

That is a…generous explanation of the findings. On average, students who took the quiz on gun laws got 5.9 out of 10 questions correct. Only 36% got at least seven of ten questions correct. The medical students – primarily studying at George Washington University (20%), Georgetown University School of Medicine (80%), and Howard University (6%) – know virtually nothing about gun laws.

More than 90% said gun control is important to them and that their attitudes on gun ownership are unlikely to change. Eighty-four percent (84%) said gun control would reduce crime, yet a sizeable majority couldn’t pass a quiz on gun laws. How can they credibly estimate the impact of gun control if they don’t know the existing laws? How can doctors advise patients on firearms or related topics if they can’t pass a simple quiz on gun laws?

To reduce this ignorance of gun laws, the authors advocate to “increase gun safety training and interventions during medical school.”

How will that “gun safety training” be developed? We have no expectations that NRA or any other pro-gun point of view will be used when future generations of doctors are indoctrinated into the anti-gun agenda, BUT…the doctors who conducted this study used the publicly available resources on the NRA-ILA website.

It seems some doctors know where to turn to find a credible source for firearms policy information.


About NRA-ILA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

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rick
rick
7 months ago

that’s funny, because the nra has lost all credibility among gun owners due ti its corruption and refusal to get rid of lapierre and his board.

Stag
Stag
7 months ago

The NRA is the one without credibility. We wouldn’t be in this situation today if it wasn’t for their support of the NFA, GCA, Mulford Act, Hughes Amendment, import bans, NICS, bumpstock ban, red flag laws, FixNICS, etc…

Alan in NH
Alan in NH
7 months ago
Reply to  Stag

Whatever problems we have with the NRA, the fact is the NRA is seen as the face of the American gun owner in the eyes of our political enemies. We must present a united front to oppose this latest tyranny, it may be our only chance to avoid civil war.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
7 months ago
Reply to  Alan in NH

That approach has resulted in more gun control.

We must present a united front to the replacement for the NRA to make sure they don’t follow the NRA’s bad example.

Stag
Stag
7 months ago
Reply to  Alan in NH

The problem with the NRA is they’ve always advocated for arms control.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
7 months ago
Reply to  Stag

I’ll add to that – their refusal to work with grassroots efforts to provide information to voters who have been lied to every day for decades. The NRA has always loved lawyers. They have always been at the backend of the process. The “new NRA” that is being promoted only gets rid of Wayne, it does not change the approach. There has been no mention of: Efforts to provide voters information so they understand the issues of crime, suicide, and gun control; Efforts to get “Pro 2nd Amendment” politicians engaged in meaningful activities; Efforts to immediately speak out against flip-flopping… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
7 months ago
Reply to  Stag

Posted response, but it is on hold.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
7 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

You know this hold stuff gets me. Not one cuss word, no trying to rally people to commit crimes or anything of the sort. No photos or links. What up with that?

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
7 months ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

I have no idea.

Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull
7 months ago

These idiots don’t care about facts , it’s the narrative that counts in thier eyes . The truth don’t matter it’s about the end game of disarming Americans . They have been brainwashed by communist professors and teachers from kindergarten to college . Facts and truth don’t matter to these idiots they just want to destroy our bill of rights so they can control every aspect of our lives .

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
7 months ago

and create a NWO. I have been studying Critical Race Theory and it has opened my eyes as to why the younger generation of blacks and some whites that support the cause thinks and feels the way it does.