Gun Control Myths, Half-Truths, and Lies After New Zealand

Right now, there are more than 20,000 laws in the US regarding firearms at the federal, state, and local level.

And, if there was a common sense law that could be passed that would make everyone safer, the vast majority of people would support it.

But, over the last century, very single “common sense” law being suggested in the US and abroad has already been tried and tested…in many cases a dozen or more times.

So, we have facts, logic, reason, and history that we can use, if we choose, as a guide.

Or, we can ignore them and try the same approaches and hope for different results.

The fact is, we know which gun laws historically cause decreases in violent crime and which cause increases in violent crime.

But politicians have an incentive to consolidate power.

And major media has an incentive to pander to those in power and tickle the emotions of their readers/viewers.

As a result, we’re fed a steady diet of myths, half-truths, and lies in order to sway the opinion of a widely ignorant and gullible public.

Major media never questions or fact checks “their” politicians and constantly makes hyperbolic accusations against those who they don’t support.

So, today, we’re going to talk about some of the HUGE myths and lies that are being spouted in light of the mass murder in New Zealand and subsequent knee-jerk legislation.

What happened was horrible, shouldn’t happen anywhere, and we should do everything in our power to prevent anything like it from happening again, but how do we do so in light of facts, logic, history, and reason?

Let’s start with a little perspective.

On March 21st, 6 people in Kabul were killed and 25 injured in a bomb blast for celebrating Persian New Year.  You probably didn’t hear about it because it didn’t support the media’s narrative.

On March 15th, 15 people were hacked to death in Cabo Delgado by Sharia proponents.  Mozambique has about 4.5% of the civilian gun ownership per capita of the US.  You probably didn’t hear about it because it didn’t support the media’s narrative.

On March 13th, 8 students were killed in Rio, Brazil by 2 men armed with a revolver, knives, machete, a compound bow, and Molotov cocktails.  They’re desperately trying to relax the civilian gun laws in Brazil but firearms ownership per capita is only about 8% of what it is in the US.  Few heard about it because it didn’t support the media’s narrative.

On March 11th, 100+ houses were burned and 46 people, including a pastor and his wife, were killed in Nigeria by Fulani terrorists by various means.  The total deaths in this area from Fulani terrorists since the beginning of February is more than 120.  Civilian ownership of firearms in Nigeria is incredibly rare…less than 3% of the per capita civilian ownership in the US.  You probably didn’t hear about it because it didn’t support the media’s narrative.

I could go on, but the point is that violence is not isolated to the US and not isolated to any particular kind of weapon.

What is isolated is the kinds of deaths that politicians and the media think are worth covering.

But why do politicians and the media value gun deaths more than others?

If there’s two things we can learn from history, it’s that tyrants will use whatever weapons they have at their disposal to impose their will on people who they deem to be inferior.

And

They’ll do all that they can to disarm people who they deem to be inferior so that they’re easier to lord over.

The gun control debate is not about safety or saving lives…it’s about control.

You’ve seen the shirts and stats about Hitler, Mao, Stalin and others talking about how gun control is an incredibly effective tool for dictators.  There are examples like these from every decade since the 1920s.

If the people who are concerned about gun control were actually concerned about saving the most number of lives instead of control, they’d focus on things like:

Banning automobiles, which according to the NHTSA were responsible for more than 37,000 deaths in the US in 2017 and more than 1 million worldwide according to the WHO.

Banning doctors.  Johns Hopkins released a report showing that medical errors are the 3rd largest cause of death in the US…responsible for 250,000 deaths per year.

Banning backyard swimming pools, which are each 10,000 times more likely to be responsible for a youth death than a firearm.

Banning silverware and glasses.

Because diet is one of the main causes of heart disease, which kills more than 600,000 per year in the US, making it the single leading cause of death.

But, as I’ve said before, blaming deaths on “gun violence” makes as little sense as blaming obesity and heart disease on “fork overeating.”  Both are made-up terms that ignore the fact that individual people make a series of daily choices with each of these tools that can either be healthy or unhealthy.

The tool, in each case, is completely inert.  No more good nor bad than a paintbrush or keyboard.  Each of these tools can be used for good or evil based on how an individual uses them.

But a firearm just happens to be a tool that allows “normal” people to level the playing field against tyrants…whether it’s large scale political tyranny, a mugger attacking a young mother with her child, or a home invader breaking into an elderly couple’s home.

People often point to Australia as a success story when they talk about gun control.

But was it a success?

I’ve got friends from the Australian SAS and various Australian law enforcement agencies and they universally say that the published statistics hide how bad things are.

But let’s look at the statistics.

Best estimates are that only 1/3 to ½ of privately owned firearms were actually turned in.  Amazingly enough, law abiding citizens turned them in at a higher rate than criminals and all it did was shift the balance of power from legally armed citizens to the criminal element who didn’t care about following the law to begin with.

Gary Kleck’s peer reviewed paper showed that Australia’s National Firearms Act had little to no effect on suicide and homicide rates.  (people just chose different tools or used firearms illegally when they committed crimes)

John Lott showed that both unarmed and armed assaults increased rapidly in the 5 years following the Australian buyback, even though other developed countries saw declines.

And, in the 12 months after the Australian gun buyback, armed robberies shot up 44%!

One of the biggest lies or half-truths that politicians and the media use are only looking at firearms fatalities and not overall violent crime.

The reason this is important is two-fold…

First, the internet and the Global War On Terror have both caused an incredible revolution in trauma care and the expectation of survival after a gunshot wound is considerably better today than it was 15 or 20 years ago.

Second, when a large percentage of firearms are removed from a population, it makes sense that cases of violent assault with a firearm would drop…but does that really matter if cases of violent assault with a knife, bat, stick, pipe, chain, machete, rock, or fists skyrockets?

So, what do you do with this information?

  1. Share it with your friends…copy and paste the link into an email and send it to your friends, share it on Facebook, or print it out and talk about it when you meet face to face.
  2. Commit 1, 2, or more of the facts/incidents to memory so that when the topic comes up, you have “ammo” at the ready to counter myths, half-truths, and lies that they are probably unknowingly be repeating.
  3. When all is said and done, you can only be responsible for yourself.  So use incidents like these as a little shot of nitrous to re-ignite your passion for training…mental rehearsal, empty hands, improvised weapons, live fire, and/or dry fire.  If the day comes where you’re faced with evil, you want to be ready for the fight…regardless of what form it takes.

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What are YOUR biggest arguments against gun control and what was passed in New Zealand?  Fire away by commenting below:

 

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