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Guns and the lies we’ve been fed April 30, 2007

Filed under: Anecdotal — Addicted to Yarn @ 7:06 am

Defending Yourself. The e-book Gun Facts summarizes the findings of an article in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology: “Every year people in the United States use a gun to defend themselves against criminals an estimated 2,500,000 times—more than 6,500 people a day, or once every 13 seconds.”1

Rape. Of these 2.5 million incidents, approximately 192,500 are women defending themselves against rape. In fact, the Department of Justice found that while rape against unarmed women was successful one-third of the time, it was only successful 3 percent of the time when the woman was armed with a gun or knife.2

Guns and crime in Washington, DC. Based on the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics: “In 1976, Washington D.C., enacted one of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation. Since then, the city’s murder rate has risen 134 percent while the national murder rate has dropped 2 percent.”3

Guns and crime in Australia. What would a total gun ban accomplish? Fortunately, the Second Amendment has so far prevented the US from finding out, but Australia provides our answer. Jim Marrs writes: “In the nearly two years following the complete banning of firearms, Australian homicides increased 29 percent with gun deaths in the state of Victoria up more than 300 percent. Assaults increased 17 percent and armed robberies increased more than 100 percent despite having continually dropped in the 25 years preceding the weapons ban. Property crimes, assaults, and muggings are now more than twice as high as in America.”4

Concealed carry. A national survey performed in 1996 at the University of Chicago found that rates of violent crime drop when states allow citizens to carry guns outside their homes. “States which passed concealed carry laws reduced their murder rate by 8.5 percent, rapes by 5 percent, aggravated assaults by 7 percent and robbery by 3 percent. If those states not having concealed carry law had adopted such laws in 1992, then approximately 1,570 murders, 4,177 rapes, 60,000 aggravated assaults, and over 11,000 robberies would have been avoided yearly.”5 The reason is obvious: if criminals-who have guns regardless of whether of not they’re allowed to-aren’t sure if a potential victim also has a gun, they’re less likely to attack.

“Assault rifles.” To be an “assault rifle,” a gun must be capable of firing in automatic mode (meaning that keeping the trigger pulled results in a stream of bullets being fired). The “assault rifles” that the media wring their hands about are not capable of auto fire. These so-called assault rifles, or assault weapons, are functionally no different than hunting rifles; they just look more “military.” On top of that, “Over 100,000 police officers delivered a message to Congress in 1990 stating that only 2 to 3 percent of crimes are committed using a so-called ‘assault weapon'”6 And that was four years before Congress banned “assault weapons.”

What about the children? “In espousing their agenda, the Million Mom March web site cites the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics on gun deaths from children 0-19. Although they correctly observe that ‘4,223 young people aged 0-19 were killed by gunfire in 1997,’ they fail to divulge that 70 percent of these deaths occur among ‘children’ between the ages of 17-19, most of whom die as a result of gang violence…. While 110 children aged 1-14 died from gun accidents in 1998, 200 suffocated from ingested objects, 570 died from burns, 850 drowned, and 2,600 died in car accidents.”7

Media bias. Brian Patrick of the University of Michigan studied the news media’s treatment of the National Rifle Association for a year and found that there was an undeniable bias against them. “The ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union] will typically be labeled a ‘civil liberties group,’ ‘abortion rights group,’ or ‘leading liberal champion.’ Handgun Control Inc. is usually identified as a ‘citizens’ lobby,’ ‘nonprofit organization,’ or ‘public interest group.’ The NAACP [National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] is referred to as a ‘national civil rights group,’ ‘venerable civil rights organization,’ or ‘the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.’

“But when the NRA is in the news, the tone and terminology are often very different.

“‘Semi-automatic caucus.’ ‘Lobbying juggernaut.’ ‘Powerful gun lobby.’ ‘Gun organization.’ ‘Radical gun lobby.’ ‘The classic Washington superlobby.’ ‘Arrogant lobby.’ ‘The gun lobby consisting of everything from neo-Nazis to nature-loving hunters.’ ‘Most feared lobby.’ ‘The Beltway’s loudest lobby.’ ‘A rich and paranoid organization.’…

“When information comes from the AARP [American Association of Retired Persons], the papers use verbs like ‘reported,’ ‘indicated,’ ‘concludes,’ ‘documents.’ When the NAACP is quoted, the stories note that it ‘spoke out,’ ‘vowed,’ ‘declared,’ ‘announced.’ But when the NRA speaks, the papers often choose verbs that imply doubt: ‘claims,’ ‘asserts,’ ‘likes to portray,’ ‘contended,’ ‘alleging.'”8

Furthermore, another media study showed that on network news broadcasts over the coarse of two years, 91 percent of stories on gun policy pushed an anti-gun view.9

The Second Amendment’s “militia.” “Report by the US Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution (1982): ‘In the Militia Act of 1792, the second Congress defined “militia of the United States” to include almost every free adult male in the United States. These persons were obligated by law to possess a [military style] firearm and a minimum supply of ammunition and military equipment…. There can be little doubt from this that when the Congress and the people spoke of the “militia,” they had reference to the traditional concept of the entire populace capable of bearing arms, and not to any formal group such as what is today called the National Guard.'”10

1. Smith, Guy. (2000). Gun Facts, version 2.1 Self-published, p.26. Available at
2. Ibid., p. 27
3. Ibid., p. 18
4. Marrs, Jim. (2000). “A tale of three countries: A glimpse into our future?” AlienZoo Website, Aug 31. .
5. Gun Owners of America. (1999). “Firearms fact-sheet, 1999.” .
6. Ibid.
7. Sneider, Jaime. (2000). “Calling shots for the march.” Washington Times, May 10.
8. Jacoby, Jeff. (2000). “The media’s anti-gun bias.” Boston Globe, Jan. 17.
9. Ibid.
10. Op cit., Gun Owners of America.

An excerpt from “You Are Being Lied To: The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths.” Edited by Russ Kick, The Disinformation Company LTD. 2001. p. 366

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