2017-05-18 16:37:19 UTC
3 Things Gun Control Advocates Lie About
May 16, 2017 53 comments
By Sam Hoober
There are a number of facts, figures and ideas that gun control advocates
like to throw around as support for their arguments. On paper, there may be
something approaching truth to them. But, ultimately, they’re lying.
The problem with statistics is that any sample without context is worthless.
Say you fill a glass with seawater at the beach. Based on that sample, you
could say there aren’t any fish in the sea.
That’s how gun control advocates roll.
While there may be something approaching a good intention somewhere (wanting
fewer people to die is a good thing), antis use facts and statistics that
either lack context and/or fail to directly address the problem they’re
For example, they use the oft-quoted figure that America suffers somewhere
in the neighborhood of around 30,000 gun-related (or rather, gunshot
wound-related) deaths every year. These figures are published every year by
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so it can generally be taken
What they don’t tell you is that roughly two-thirds are intentionally
self-inflicted wounds or, in other words, the majority of firearms deaths
are suicides. Slightly less than one-third of those fatalities are murders.
The remainder are accidental deaths due to gunshots (which have been
decreasing for years).
Regarding homicides committed by firearm, the CDC doesn’t separate the
numbers into mass murders, “regular murders” and murders stemming from
organized crime activity.
Mass shootings, while certainly tragic and horrifying, are actually quite
rare in the grand scheme of things. Far more common: violent crimes
committed by members of organized crime. In fact, they account for the
majority of violent crime in America.
Once suicides and organized crime are removed from the equation, fewer than
5,000 deaths per annum are the result of non-gang related or accidental
And how do hoodlums GET those guns? Mostly illegally, which leads us to
excessive regulations on purchasing.
Very few people would disagree with the idea that it’s a good idea to “keep
guns out of the hands of dangerous people”: violent felons, spouse abusers,
the mentally ill and so on. Which is why – for good or ill – we have the
background check system.
[In some jurisdictions, there are universal background checks that require
an NICS or state background check be done for ANY gun purchase including
Truth be told, the kind of people that commit most gun crimes don’t buy them
in a store. Most studies into the matter indicate they obtain them from
friends and family or steal them (they also don’t buy them at gun shows).
This doesn’t stop the gun control lobby from spreading their anti-gun rights
CrimAdvisor is a website run by the Brady Campaign that purports to tell you
where it’s easy for criminals to buy guns. The site highlights states that
have more lax background check statutes. They maintain that these states are
veritable oases of criminal purchases of firearms.
One of the best states for controlling purchases, and therefore cutting down
on crime, according to this site? Illinois. Where they keep Chicago.
Apparently the state is a “low” contributor to the national gun violence
I’m not the first person to say this and I won’t be the last: gun control
laws only hamper the people that follow the laws.
With rare exceptions (which can be rounded down to zero, statistically
speaking), the kind of person who bothers to get a concealed carry permit is
not the person causing problems. In fact, the vast majority of gun owners
are not going to commit any crime.
Gun control advocates also favor magazine restrictions. Thankfully, only a
few states have magazine restrictions in place. But “standard” capacity
magazines are a perennial target of the civilian disarmament complex.
Some mass shooters have used high-capacity magazines. However, they also
carry a lot of them and reload numerous times. For instance, the Virginia
Tech shooter had nineteen magazines on his person and 400 rounds of
ammunition in total. When Charles Whitman ascended the clock tower in
Austin, he was carrying 700 rounds with him.
And so on. My point: people who carry out mass murders often plan ahead by
having plenty of ammunition on hand. A few fewer rounds in a magazine isn’t
going to make much difference.
Gun control advocates are unwilling to listen to reason or use facts
appropriately or in context. Why would they? The facts don’t support gun
control. Which is why they rely on emotion; waving the bloody shirt.
Until and unless Americans examine the issue of gun control on a logical,
rational basis, gun rights will always in imminent danger. Which is why they
will always be in imminent danger.