It’s easy to see gun control and the Second Amendment in a black and white way. Let’s be clear, our rights under the Constitution are written in stone and must never be changed.
However, one of the most tricky tactics the left likes to use is to mix truth with fiction in order to convince law-abiding Americans to give up their guns.
A perfect example comes from the Atlantic magazine and its crowing liberal writer David Graham. He recently wrote about the crime wave gripping America. Here’s what he got right (and what he got wrong).
More Guns Means More Shootings?
Writing about the surge in violence, Graham explained we’ve had a murder wave and our cities are descending into chaos. He examines the trends involving crime in a way that makes sense. We’re not in good shape, and we have a problem on our hands.
Yet, then Graham does what liberals always seem to do: he takes the bad situation we’re in and blames it on guns. He argues more armed Americans are part of what’s leading to more shootings and a higher murder rate.
There were a record number of new gun owners in the past couple of years; Graham tries to link this to a growth in the murder rate. The problem is it’s just untrue.
He claims as more people arm themselves, it creates a cycle of mistrust; if crime picks up, then so does the cycle of people arming themselves and killing criminals and others who spook them.
The opposite is true.
Who wants to tell them?
— Jon Miltimore (@miltimore79) December 22, 2021
The Truth About Arming Up
The truth is as gun ownership has gone up, gun violence has gone down.
In 1993, we saw an average of seven guns used in killings per 100,000 people. As of 2013, that number dropped to 3.5 per 100,000. Meanwhile, the amount of guns people owned during this period almost doubled.
During this same time, the amount of non-deadly shootings also fell by a similar amount. You would think a journalist who cared about facts would take a look at statistics like this and at least try to analyze them, instead of just flat out lying.
If you take the range between 1993 to 2011, you see gun killings drop by a staggering 39%. How is this possible if we’re having a cycle of more gun ownership resulting in “more” shootings as Graham argues?
On the other hand, the decline in shootings and violence can’t be proven to only be because of gun ownership, but to say the opposite of what it shows is very dishonest and sick.
As gun purchases go up, it’s a sign more and more folks are realizing the anti-2A arguments of the left are hollow and have no basis in reality.
"Gun purchases accelerated in the US during 2020-2021 compared to 2019, with more than 5 million adults becoming first-time gun owners between January 2020 and April 2021 compared to 2.4 million adults in 2019, a study on new gun ownership reveals." https://t.co/xiKIAKjbup
— Firearms Policy Coalition (@gunpolicy) December 20, 2021