I call it the information war — and keeping saying that all the issues are the same in that war. Our side must get more of the facts regarding each issue beyond the choir to the uninformed and misinformed. The following is a nice example of that — the National Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action have both been successful at getting information out like few other organizations. The proof of their effectiveness is shown in the polling data (see links below). Here is the content of an email from the NRA-ILA:
Yesterday, while democrat presidential hopefuls ramped up for their first debate on CNN, the NRA got a jumpstart on combatting the anti-gun lies the usual suspects were likely to perpetuate to the American public that night. Watch the video here and read the NRA’s article below on “The Top 5 Gun Control Lies the Democrats are Bound to Bring Up in the Debate.”
1. That 40% of all gun sales in the U.S. do not go through background checks.
This has been debunked over and over again by multiple media outlets and fact checkers. The figure comes from a decades-old survey that was conducted…drumroll…BEFORE the federal background check system even existed. Read more here.
2. That it’s easier to buy a gun than it is to buy a vegetable…or a book.
Despite what President Obama says, it is categorically false to say that it’s “easier to buy a gun than buy a book.” There are those things called federally-mandated “background checks,” and many, many gun laws across the 50 states. Also, there’s no excuse for not knowing your state’s gun laws. Educate yourself here.
3. That a so-called “assault weapons” ban is just “common sense”
Do you know what an “assault weapon” actually is? No? Ok, then read this first.
Here’s what you should know. The push for an “assault weapons” ban was invented by anti-gunners after they realized their push for a full-on gun ban had failed. Congress banned the firearms in 1994. When it expired in 2004, violent crime continued to decrease in the United States. Imagine that…
4. That if you believe in the Second Amendment or support the NRA, you must be an “extremist!”
Poll after poll after poll shows Americans support the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. A recent CNN poll found that 59% of Americans oppose more federal gun restrictions. Another recent Rasmussen poll showed that 68% of respondents said they would feel safer living in a neighborhood with guns. And then there’s that time earlier this year that 63% of Americans told the Pew Research Center that the best way to defend against crime is with gun ownership. Wow. Most Americans are like, so extreme!
5. Gun Control works.
Again, no matter what President Obama says, this is, again, false. Our nation’s violent crime rate is at a 43-year low. Meanwhile, Americans have been purchasing firearms in record numbers. Read more about it here. Or here. Or here. Or here.
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