There’s a problem with all of their ((control advocate)) hyperbole: it is based upon myth and manipulated data.
I personally believed in civilian disarmament until an acquaintance in law enforcement challenged my gun-banner’s assumptions with questions and points I could not rebut. This began a research journey limited only by my decision to exclude any data cited by the NRA. At the time, I was convinced only caring people like the Brady Campaign would present the truth.
Surprisingly (to me, at the time), I found no dataset proving civilian disarmament made anybody safer.
In response to Ezra Klein’s report titled “Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States,” below are eight fictions about gun control.
Do note: all data cited below are from sources supportive of gun control.
It’s a very interesting piece, especially since, as Nemerov notes, he was for greater government control, and using only Brady Campaign for citizen disarmament data, he found their conclusions weren’t supported by their own data.
Also, for those who missed it, the US is nowhere near as violent as loudmouthed media blatherskites would have you believe. In fact, the paragon of modern gun control, Britain, has worse violent crime than the US… or South Africa.
And just because it might bear noting for some readers, I used blatherskite well before Bill “I Call Deborah Norville At Night And Breathe Heavy Into The Phone” O’Reilly started going through a thesaurus. I went ahead to see if that misogynistic cretin used it, and he (or his staff) had, as I figured he’d get around to it eventually, since he likes to think he’s smarter than a sea sponge. No offense to fans of sea sponges.