It seems mind-boggling to me that even with the wealth of statistics available to the public, the liberal perspective on guns and gun control is spoken for by a major portion of our society. So, unlike many popular news outlets, I will use this article to strictly present facts and figures, and I will let those statistics do the talking.
Some want to ban handguns in general. Evidence to combat that argument:
In 1976 when the handgun ban and trigger lock law was passed in Washington D.C., the average rate for homicides and non-negligent manslaughters increased by 73%, and the rest of the United States remained at an average rate 11% lower.
Some do not believe individuals should be able to carry a concealed weapon. Here’s what you show them:
In 1986, the right-to-carry law became effective in Florida. The law states that “concealed carry licensees be 21 years of age or older, have clean criminal/mental health records, and complete a firearms safety/training course.” Since the law took effect, the averaged murder rate is 36% lower, more than doubling the average of of the rest of the United States at 15% lower. If you’re looking to rob someone, are you going to choose the person walking down the street with or without a gun?
To argue for stricter gun control, many stick to the theme of weapons being too easily accessible by children, which results in fatal accidents. You can tell them that in 2007, death by firearm accounted for only 0.5% of all fatal accidents in the United States that year.
To help their gun control propaganda, the liberal media likes to use the term “assault weapons” and call for a ban on such weapons. Do not be confused. When engaging in a debate about guns with someone and they call for assault weapons to be banned, ask them if they are referring to assault rifles specifically. They probably do not know that assault weapons and assault rifles are not the same thing. If they say assault weapons in general, ask them to clarify if they are referring to automatic weapons, because the phrase “assault weapons” often refers to semiautomatic guns. Semiautomatic simply means that the next round of ammunition is reloaded after you fire a shot, but you still have to pull the trigger for each bullet you want to fire. Automatic weapons (a machine gun or an assault rifle, for example), on the other hand, release several bullets as you hold down the trigger.
The federal law passed in 1986, commonly referred to as the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, outlaws and prohibits the sale and purchase of any machine gun. Semiautomatics are still allowed, as they serve the same function and have equal capability as other handguns, shotguns, or rifles. Emily Miller, author of Emily Gets Her Gun, discusses the calibers of guns in more detail in her interview on MSNBC.
Many liberals argue that you should not be able to purchase guns at a gun show. Why, though? Because in 2004, the Department of Justice surveyed prison inmates on the source of the gun they used in their crimes which put them in jail. Of those surveyed, less than 2% got their gun at a gun show, but 40% got their gun from an illegal source, aka the black market.
And, gun crime has not increased recently. On the contrary, The Examiner mentions that Pew Research study determined that “violent crimes involving firearms including robberies, assaults, and sex crimes declined 75% in 2011 as compared to 1993”. In the same article, figures from the Bureau of Justice Statistics are looked at. In 2010, there were 31,672 deaths as a result of guns in the United States. Almost 20,000 of those deaths, which equates to about 63%, were suicides. As such, the Pew study suggested that 56% of Americans incorrectly assume that gun crime is on the rise.
Like I always say, gun control laws will only take away weapons from those who already respect the law. Those who are willing to break the law in robberies and violent attacks will not care if guns are suddenly made illegal. They already do not have respect for the law.
Even with all of these facts, some liberals will still be liberals. If they are deaf to your statistics, tell them about these really cool celebrities who aren’t as pro gun control as them:
“We would just go out and line up a bunch of cans and shoot with rifles, handguns and at times, submachine guns… When I was a kid it was a controlled atmosphere, we weren’t shooting at humans… we were shooting at cans and bottles mostly. I will most certainly take my kids out for target practice.”
– Johnny Depp
” … the right to defend one’s home and one’s person when attacked has been guaranteed through the ages by common law.”
– Martin Luther King
“In England, if you commit a crime, the police don’t have a gun and you don’t have a gun. If you commit a crime, the police will say ‘Stop, or I’ll say stop again.'”
– Robin Williams
“I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”
– Clint Eastwood
“A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders.”
– Larry Elder
Elizabeth Marcello | William & Mary | @eliz_mariah