Gun Myths in America
|Nothing was ever won without struggle and without common sense. This is especially true when it comes to the Second Amendment, The gun debate in this country is full of myths, half-truths, and creatively present facts - which makes it hard for the uninformed to tell what is truth and what is nonsense. So, for the sake of discussion, let’s look at some of the myths going around America at the moment.|
Myth: Concealed Carry Owners Are Dangerous
Since 2007, the number of concealed carry permit holders has more than doubled, from 4.5 million to 11.1 million - alongside a significant drop in crime. In fact, the murder and violent crime rates are lower in the 25 states with the highest permit rates compared to the rest of the U.S
In fact, that is only 0.03 percent of the entire U.S. population, and yet their impact on crime reduction is amazing. If you compare this figure to the number of supposedly “non-self-defense killings” by concealed carry owners which was compiled by the Violence Policy Center, they report that
Those 516 people represents an infinitesimal 0.00004649 percent of all concealed carry permit owners in the United States. So, are they really the problem? I don’t think so.
Myth: We Should Only look at the Developed World When Comparing Gun Crime Stats
If you actually look at studies that show how the United States is responsible for
Which means that a country whose population is larger than a significant portion of the rest of the reported countries is going to have more crime than the others in the study, of any kind. There are a lot more people. It’s simple mathematics.
But why should we ignore the rest of the world? Why should we ignore the violence of nations like Honduras and Venezuela because they are developing nations? Are there deaths not as real as ours? Why is it that gun control or gun violence country comparisons refuse to observe the totality of worldwide violence? For instance, check out this example.
If we were to assume that gun ownership automatically equals higher murder rates, then the United States should rank No. 1 across the board, all the time. But it doesn’t.
Yes, we have the highest rate of civilian gun ownership in the world. Yet, we’re not even in the top ten for murder. Honduras, at No. 1, suffers from 90.4 murders per 100,000; Colombia, at No. 10, suffers from 30.8 murders per 100,000.
The United States sits at only 5 murders per 100,000, which has remained the same during the last several years despite a large rise in gun purchases.
Myth: Let the Police Handle the Problem
Anybody with any sense knows that no matter where you live, it’s going to take awhile—not seconds—for the police to respond when you call for help. On the other hand, a 9mm bullet flying out of a Glock 34 travels at a whopping a
Myth: We Need to Restrict Gun Ownership Because It Makes Suicide Easier
It is true that of the more than 41,000 suicides reported in 2013 in the U.S., over half of them were carried out by a firearm. But wait a minute. Those who use guns to commit suicide are not messing around—it is their intention to die, and they will do it however they can. Making a gun more difficult (or impossible) to obtain won’t stop them.
Also, if gun ownership makes suicide easier, then U.S. suicide rates should be larger than most of the world. It’s not. In fact, Lithuania and South Korea are at the top of the list, at 28.6 and 26.3 per 100,000, respectively. If gun ownership determines suicide rates, thenLithuania and South Korea should be off the charts in gun ownership. The exact opposite is actually true. In fact, Lithuanian gun laws are “quite restrictive,” with just around 100,000 guns in a population of nearly 3 million people, and private gun ownership is entirely prohibited in South Korea. To prove some final perspective on this myth - the U.S. ranks No. 1 in the world for civilian gun ownership, but just 33rd in the world for suicides (of any kind).
Myth: Gun Ownership Doesn’t Equal Safety
Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and yet one of the highest murder rates in the country. Yet, people still argue that Chicago can’t be held up as the anti-gun example since it is easy to get guns outside city limits, and thus, that weakens the effect of Chicago’s laws. They also argue that the city has a “high level of gang activity, and that gangs are both adept at procuring guns illegally and prone to involvement in shooting incidents.”
This doesn’t make much since, when the facts show that crime in Chicago is going down in tandem in direct proportion with an increase in concealed carry permits.
“Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low.”
Myth: Mental Health is no Excuse - Guns are Still the Real Problem
After the deinstitutionalization of the 1960s put severely mentally ill people back into mainstream American public, we currently have a mental illness rate in U.S. prisons that is "five times greater than in the regular population," and "people with serious mental illness are three to four times more likely to be violent than others."
We hear all the time how the mass shootings in this country are done by people who have showed clear signs of severe mental illness before they went on their shooting sprees. Broken families have also proven to be a major factor in these shootings. Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook shooting), Dylann Roof (Charleston church shooting), Chris Harper Mercer (Umpqua Community College shooting) to name a few—they all have the exact same thing in common: a troubled family life.
Myth: Gun Shows Makes It Easy to Get Around Federal Checks
The people at The Federalist do a very good job of addressing this myth. No matter how much Hillary Clinton tells us that she’s going to close it, "there is no loophole in federal law that specifically exempts gun show transactions from any other laws normally applied to gun sales. None."
Myth: Mass Shootings Are Becoming More Common
The FBI released a study in 2014 that indicated that mass shootings were 16 percent more than from 2000-2013, but the FBI had to backtrack from that study after it was revealed that it had been based on flimsy criteria used in discerning what was or was not a mass shooting." In fact, the exact opposite was true.
Mass shootings have been the same for 40 years, and violent crime overall dropped massively during that same time studied - while gun sales were hitting record highs. In fact, mass shootings make up only a small fraction of the country’s overall gun crime.
The bottom line is this. The people in the world who want to control you will always try to take away your means to protect yourself. If you study history, you will find this to be true. One of the most recent examples was just before World War II - Some of the first things Hiltler did was to make it illegal to own guns and control the media to make this idea to be a really good one based on a myth.
That is one of the most important things about the United States. The second amendment states that the government can never do that. Yet, each day there are those who spin the myths, trying to get around the constitution. That is why each day we have to protect the Bill of Rights from those who see it as an obstacle, and will tell any lie to get their way.