11 Gun Control Claims Debunked

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Gun owners are people who like facts.  Tell us a certain gun or cartridge is better than the next one, and we want concrete evidence. To prove its reliability, we want to know how many rounds have been used on a certain gun model. In short, we want to see the data. 

Gun control advocates live in a different world. In the world of gun control, everything runs on emotion. Wild claims are thrown out as facts with nothing to back them up except ignorance and misinformation. If you think that is too harsh, let’s go through some of the best-known gun control claims, and you can judge for yourself.

The Gun Show Loophole Allows Anyone to Buy a Gun

This one has been recycled for over a decade. Gun controllers claim that anyone can walk into any gun show and buy a gun without a background check. The reality is that any licensed FFL who sells a gun to anyone, anywhere, must run a background check under federal law. There is no loophole. What the antis are referring to in reality is that some states allow personal sales of firearms between two private parties who may meet at a gun show without a background check. It has nothing to do with gun shows. However, in states that require a background check for all gun sales, they can’t even do that. There is no gun show loophole, and there never was.

Assault Weapon Bans Reduces Violent Crime

Assault Weapon Bans Reduces Violent CrimeAssault Weapon Bans Reduces Violent CrimeGun controllers choose villains for their agendas and then pursue them relentlessly. So-called “assault weapons” are one of their favorite villains. Unsurprisingly, since it is a fabricated term, no one seems to be able to define an assault weapon. This includes people like President Biden’s nominee for the head of the ATF, David Chipoman, and his federal judge nominee, Nancy Maldonado. Neither of them could define an ‘assault weapon’ when asked to during the Congressional confirmation hearings. Consequently, politicians try to ban all semiautomatic rifles under the heading ‘assault weapon.’ 

FBI data for 2022 indicates that of the 19,200 murders reported in 2022, only 542 involved rifles of any type. That is less than either knives/blades (1,630) or hands/feet (665). The final verdict? An ‘assault weapon’ ban would have no noticeable effect on violent crime.

Children in Homes with Guns are More Likely to Be Violent

Children in Homes with Guns are More Likely to Be ViolentChildren in Homes with Guns are More Likely to Be ViolentGun control advocates claim that just having a gun in the home makes children more likely to be violent. While it is a no-brainer that having a gun that is not responsibly stored increases the likelihood of an accidental shooting over that of a home without a gun in it, there is no conclusive evidence that simply having a gun in the home makes children more prone to violence. A gun is an inanimate object and can’t control anything. It is good parenting and proper education on responsible gun safety that affects children’s experience with guns and the tendency to be violent.

Only Police Officers Need Guns

Only Police Officers Need GunsOnly Police Officers Need GunsTo discuss this claim, let’s go back to the FBI crime statistics that indicate that over 1,600 homicides were committed with blades and over 600 with fists and feet. Where does that leave the elderly, women, and people who are physically weaker than their assailant? I personally know a young girl who was assaulted in her apartment in a large city with strict gun control and stabbed 17 times. By the grace of God, she survived but was scarred for life. And that doesn’t even address the slow response time for 911 calls to the police. A violent crime is usually over in seconds. Finally, the right to self-defense isn’t a matter of law; it is a God-given right, and innocent people deserve an equalizer when dealing with violent criminals.

Gun Control Laws Are Not Racist

Gun Control Laws Are Not RacistGun Control Laws Are Not RacistIt is a well-documented fact that gun control in America is rooted in laws intended to keep guns away from African Americans and other non-white minorities. In striking down California’s law requiring background checks for ammunition purchases, U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez stated, “These fifty laws identified by the Attorney General constitute a long, embarrassing, disgusting, insidious, reprehensible list of examples of government tyranny towards our own people.” He went on to rule that “repugnant historical examples of prejudice and bigotry will not be used to justify the State’s current infringement on the constitutional rights of citizens.”

Currently, the most restrictive gun laws are in large cities and disproportionately affect minorities and low-income families living in high-crime areas. The lack of gun shops and ranges, restrictive permit requirements, and high fees for gun ownership and carry permits have the greatest effect on minorities, while the wealthy white liberals who push gun control live in low-crime areas, and many of them own guns themselves. If that’s not racist, I don’t know what is.

Gun Buyback Programs Reduce Crime

Gun Buyback Programs Reduce CrimeGun Buyback Programs Reduce CrimeGun controllers claim that gun buyback programs get guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals. However, evidence from numerous buybacks indicates that the guns purchased are usually old, barely functional, and unwanted by their owners rather than the kinds of guns used in crimes. In many cases, buyback programs are a joke among gun owners. In several amusing instances, people have sold multiple guns they made on 3D printers, in one case collecting $21,000. Overall, there is no evidence that gun buyback programs have any effect whatsoever in reducing crime. 

Criminals Can Easily Buy Guns Online

Criminals Can Easily Buy Guns OnlineCriminals Can Easily Buy Guns OnlineGun control advocates claim that anyone, including criminals, can buy a gun online without a background check. But any sale by an FFL requires a background check. Firearms purchased online will only be shipped to another FFL that performs a background check before allowing the buyer to take their gun. That includes sales made by private sellers on auction sites like GunBroker. Sales made on private listing sites are still subject to state laws regarding background checks. Finally, shipping services like FedEx and UPS will not ship firearms of any type to a private individual, only to a licensed FFL. All this makes it virtually impossible to legally buy a gun online without a background check.

Strict Gun Laws Reduce Crime Rates

Strict Gun Laws Reduce Crime RatesStrict Gun Laws Reduce Crime RatesIt is difficult to estimate how many gun laws are currently on the books across the United States. There are around 300 federal gun laws alone. Estimates of state and lower laws run somewhere around 20,000, but short of spending your lifetime counting them in every state, county, and city, there is no way to know for sure. Whatever the number, it is a lot.

All one must do to see the fallacy of this claim is to look at cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, and Detroit. Like all liberal-run cities, they have both strict gun laws and very high crime rates. It is only common sense that if a person is willing to commit crimes like robbery, rape, and murder, they aren’t particularly worried about violating a gun law. Many criminals are repeat offenders who are legally prohibited from possessing a gun. Beyond that, a great deal of the violence in large cities is carried out by juvenile gang members who cannot legally possess a gun. Finally, most guns used in crimes are not legally acquired in the first place, so gun laws would not affect their possession or use in a crime.

More Guns Lead to More Crime

More Guns Lead to More CrimeMore Guns Lead to More CrimeWhen Texas was about to pass its campus carry law back in 2016, gun controllers claimed that it would cause the streets to run red with blood. It didn’t. Nor have ‘shall issue’ or permitless carry laws ever resulted in increased crime rates. In truth, in many places with reduced restrictions on being legally armed, crime rates have dropped. Most legally armed citizens have proven themselves to be less likely to commit crimes than virtually any other group. 

Most Guns Used in Crimes are Purchased Legally

Most Guns Used in Crimes are Purchased LegallyMost Guns Used in Crimes are Purchased LegallyThis is just not true. Most guns used in crimes are stolen, bought through straw purchases, or acquired through some other method of circumventing existing gun laws. Most of the people committing crimes using guns are legally prohibited from having them in the first place. Despite the media making sure to report the rare occasion of a legally owned gun being used in a crime, the exact opposite is true.

Gun-Free Zones Prevent Mass Public Shootings

Gun-Free Zones Prevent Mass Public ShootingsGun-Free Zones Prevent Mass Public ShootingsI’ve saved the best gun control untruth for last. Despite clear evidence that gun-free zones do not protect innocent citizens, politicians and gun control advocates continue to push them on the public. Sadly, the reality is that not only do ‘no guns’ signs not prevent mass shootings, but a study by the Crime Prevention Research Institute found that between 1998 and 2018, 96.2% of public mass shooting incidents took place in gun-free zones. Organizations like Everytown for Gun Safety have spun what they define as mass shootings to include clashes that led to shootings at parties and private homes involving multiple victims to dispute that number by claiming that only 10% of “mass shootings” take place in gun-free zones, but that is simply not the case. Virtually every mall, movie theater, and school where a random mass shooting has taken place has been a gun-free zone. All gun-free zones do is ensure the criminal or crazy person has a free-fire zone to commit mayhem.

Inconvenient Facts

Inconvenient FactsInconvenient FactsMany gun control advocates follow the admonition of Mark Twain to “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” We, as responsible gun owners, must not follow their example. We don’t have to. The facts are clear, and everything in this article can be researched and a source cited. 

Gun control advocates often spin information to make their point. For example, the CDC is quoted by gun controllers as stating that 48,830 people were killed by guns in 2021. What they do not say is that according to the highly respected Pew Research Center, 54% of those deaths were suicides, 43% were murders, and 3% were accidents, police shootings, or undetermined. I was a probation officer for several years and dealt with a lot of suicides related to my cases. Sadly, if someone wants to commit suicide, they will find a way even if they don’t have a gun. Another fact is that despite more and more people legally buying and carrying guns, murder, and non-negligent manslaughter decreased by 6.1% in 2022 compared to 2021.

Americans remain divided on gun control. It’s true that many want stricter gun control laws, but that pendulum is swinging. According to the NSSF, there were 5.4 million first-time gun buyers in 2021, and the number continues to be high. The increasing number of first-time gun owners makes it clear that Americans are losing faith in their government and the police to protect them and are choosing to exercise their constitutional right to arm themselves. And facts don’t lie.

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