By portraying information in a misleading light the media and political advocacy groups have been able to shape public opinion for decades. This is especially true as it refers to the gun control debate. These organizations use a variety of tactics to push conclusions beneficial to their cause. Some of the tactics used can be manipulating polls, cherry picking data, or creating their own definition of facts. At times they outright lie.
A great example of misrepresented data came from a memo that was authored by an anti-gun group called Everytown for Gun Safety. They had made a claim that there had been 18 school shootings since the beginning of 2018. Since these conclusions coincided with many media and political points of views, the statistics were widely shared across the news and social media sites. Influential politicians like Kamala Harris started to repeat this information as fact. Shortly thereafter astute individuals began to dive into Everytown’s statistics and found that while referencing real instances, they were almost always taken out of context.
Of the data referenced one of these shootings was an accidental discharge and 2 were suicides that happened on school property. Others involved things like discharges into the air to scare people or involved personal fights where the intent was not mass murder. By attempting to portray each one of the 18 shooting events like a mass school shooting comparable to the recent tragedy in Florida, Everytown is attempting to make it seem as though an epidemic of school shootings is ongoing. Groups like this and their political allies wish to scare Americans into accepting enhanced regulations. Fear is a powerful motivator and citizens have been shown to give up some of their precious rights to feel safe.
The safety of children should be of paramount importance and must be balanced out with the overall rights granted to us at birth. However, a meaningful debate can never take place as long as false information such as the 18 in 2018 statistic are perpetuated by so many. Only by dealing in truths can solutions be found.
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2.5 Million Guns Sold In March, SMASHING Previous US Record For Gun Buys
Americans want their guns.
Federal firearms licensees sold more than 2.5 million guns to the American public in March 2020, easily smashing the previously held record for the most gun sales in an individual month by more than a million transactions.
The gun sale data has been gauged by Small Arms Analytics, and the estimation of a total of 2,583,238 sales has been pulled from raw FBI National Instant Criminal Background Checks System data. It’s actually possible that the total figure of guns sales is a bit higher, considering gun sales between private individuals are not subject to the NICS system.
Not only does the figure of 2.5 million gun sales surpass the previous monthly record holder from March 2019, but it does so in a resounding fashion. 1.4 million guns were sold in that month, meaning that March 2020 surpassed the record by approximately 1.1 million sales.
A breakdown of the sales between long guns and handguns was provided by Small Arms Analytics. Handgun sales in particular spiked exponentially, easily surpassing previous quarterly highs in gun sales that preceded major American elections.
An alternate system of quantifying gun purchases utilized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation verified that March was in fact a record-setting month for gun sales.
The surge in gun and ammunition sales in the wake of the nascent Chinese coronavirus epidemic is well documented at this point, with gun and ammunition retailers reporting selling out their entire inventories and still not coming close to meeting demand.
As Americans arm themselves in unprecedented record-setting numbers, some major American municipalities and states have taken it upon themselves to wholly shut down the lawful firearms commerce and manufacturing industries. However, several of them have been stopped cold in their tracks, in light of federal guidelines from the Trump administration that recognizes businesses serving the Second Amendment community as “essential.”
New Jersey and Los Angeles County are among the two biggest governmental entities forced to walk back arbitrary commands that gun stores close in light of the guidelines.
Dubious state of emergency declarations that try to implement backdoor gun control in a hour where more Americans are seeking to lawfully arm themselves than ever before simply aren’t going to work, judging from historical amounts of armaments freedom-loving patriots have secured in the last month alone.
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