Mark Twain once said there are three types of lies, Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics.
I am going to add another type of lie Gun-Control Facts.
United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- One of the biggest frustrations Second Amendment supporters have is seeing how media double standards help spread the lies that are often pushed by anti-Second Amendment extremists. These lies, amplified by the press, have forced us to fight hard against unjust infringements being imposed upon our rights.
Some of these lies are about the ultimate agenda of anti-Second Amendment extremists. They are frustrating to deal with, but they are also easy to handle because knowing the facts can convince the vast majority of our fellow Americans about the fact they are being lied to on that front. Sometimes, anti-Second Amendment extremists give us a ton of help in that regard (thanks, Beto!).
For instance, when anti-Second Amendment extremists claim that “weapons of war” need to be banned, it’s easy to point out some key differences between the AR-15 and the M4 carbine that has seen wide use in the war on terror. For starters, the M4 is a select-fire firearm that gives its operator the choice of semi-automatic fire (in essence, one bullet per pull of the trigger), fully-automatic fire (the gun keeps firing as long as it has ammunition in the magazine), or safe (it doesn’t fire when you pull the trigger – but responsible people know never to trust the safety and to keep the finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire).
As a semi-automatic firearm, the AR-15 only fires once per pull of the trigger when the safety is off. It may look like a M4 carbine (or an M16 rifle), it may have some of the same accessories as a M4 carbine of M16 rifle, it may use the same magazine as a M4 carbine or M16 rifle, but none of those change how it operates. This is something that far too many Americans do not understand, and much of it was deliberate lying, as encouraged by Josh Sugarmann three decades ago.
Now, informed citizens, particularly Second Amendment supporters, should know that firearms like the M4 carbine and M16 rifle have long been under strict regulations under the terms of the 1934 National Firearms Act, not to mention the 1986 Hughes Amendment. But the fact that the AR-15 looks like those rifles makes it easy for someone like Beto O’Rourke to confuse people.
It goes beyond that. One of the famous lines used by anti-Second Amendment extremists has also been, “Nobody is coming for your guns.” Well, we have plenty of proof that there are those who do want to come for guns. Like Beto O’Rourke. Or Dianne Feinstein in 1995. Or Eric Swalwell. Or March for Our Lives. We can prove that is the intention of at least some of those who seek infringements – and they do not even try to deny it now.
Those are the lies that are relatively easy to deal with. The ones that are hardest are the ones that target our character. When we get called child killers, domestic terrorists, among other aspersions as to our character. At the very least, we get accused of complicity.
Proving that those aspersions are lies is extremely hard. But it can be done. With the right approach and being mindful of how we come across, we can prove those aspersions as the lies they are. With the right responses, and with the facts about the failures of gun control, we can make their harsh invective a liability for them, and allow the truth to come out – and the truth will make us free.
About Harold Hutchison
Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.