It should come as no surprise that the political landscape has become ever more divisive and antagonistic. This is true generally and for individual hot button issues. Guns are a good example. As is too often the case, evidence and rational arguments for a cause are replaced by hysteria, nonsense and lies – about guns just like other subjects.
When is a Myth a Myth?
If you want to be clever, you can call out your opponents for the supposed myths they spread about you and your beliefs, or their own. Even better when the reasoning you offer is nothing more than your own actual myths. Case in point is an article awhile back purportedly dismantling what it describes as myths the pro-gun crowd spreads.
The article’s title is “10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down” and the tagline is “Fact-checking some of the gun lobby’s favorite arguments shows they’re full of holes.” Cute, nice play on words to get us comfortable and ready to join the more enlightened in putting down those scary gunslingers.
Except the author seems to have gone off half-cocked, shooting blanks. We won’t try to gauge the caliber of the magazine, or the author, but we will provide some ammunition to defend against it. Hey, they started it.
Anyway, a gun expert gives a great response, going through the list taking on the “myths” one at a time. The original article states the alleged myth, followed by their “Fact-check” which is their correction to the stated pro-gun argument. We offer below some samples from the original and response articles.Confiscation is a word that is so carefully avoided by the gun control activists in congress that you'd think it was choreographed. But make no mistake, while the word may be absent the meaning is very much there. Click To Tweet
Fact Checking the Fact Checker
Myth #1 states, “They’re coming for your guns.” The Fact-check admits that rounding up all the guns doesn’t seem too practical. In fact, what is offered doesn’t really prove much of anything regarding the stated myth.
The response makes two good points. “Blatant lie #1 is the statement that no one in Washington is proposing national confiscation of firearms.” “Confiscation is a word that is so carefully avoided by the gun control activists in congress that you’d think it was choreographed. But make no mistake, while the word may be absent the meaning is very much there.”
“Blatant lie #2: that’s not the real issue. The statement isn’t ‘they’re coming for your guns,’ it’s ‘they want to take your guns.’ Door-to-door confiscation is no longer an option, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have other ideas…”
Myth #10 says, “We don’t need more gun laws—we just need to enforce the ones we have.” The Fact-check regurgitates the typical tired misinformation on this topic. Somehow, more laws are the answer. They aren’t.
The response: “It is already a crime to sell a gun to a felon. It is already a crime to use a gun to commit a crime. It is already a crime for a felon to posses a firearm. I really don’t see any room for improvement — you’re just making already illegal things more illegal-er…
“Adding one more piece of paper to an already mile-high stack isn’t going to stop criminals. Making something illegal-er isn’t the answer. It never has been. The only thing that stops crime is direct intervention…”
Be sure to go through the whole list at Debunking Mother Jones’ ’10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down’.