Gun Control Myths
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hyperlinks below to read short, concise answers to these commonly heard myths about gun
Myth No. 1: Gun Control Saves Lives
Myth No. 2: Handguns should be illegal because studies have shown they are 43
times more likely to be used against your own family than a criminal.
Myth No. 3: The family gun is more likely to kill you or
someone you know than to kill in self-defense.
Myth No. 4: President Clinton Said "13 kids a day are killed
Myth No. 5: Wouldn't
We All Be Safer If There Were Fewer Guns?
Myth No. 6: Friends or relatives are the most likely
Myth No. 7: We live in a civilized society--we don't need
Myth No. 8: Guns should be banned
because they kill thousands of people each year.
Myth No. 9: We need to do something about the increasing
access to firearms
Myth No. 10: When One Is Attacked, Passive Behavior Is the Safest
Myth No. 11: If our
representatives are passing gun control laws it must be because a majority of citizens is
demanding that. So, if a majority of the people decides owning a gun is no longer a
right, maybe it's time to change the Constitution.
Myth No. 12: Individual citizens do not have the right to
keep and bear arms because the Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the Second Amendment.
Myth No. 13: Doesn't
the Second Amendment only guarantee the right of the states to maintain militias?
Myth No. 14: The Militia Mentioned in the Second Amendment Has Been Replaced
by the National Guard
Myth No. 15: This
is America. The government is never going to turn into a tyranny.
Myth No. 16: If the government uses the military and police
to confiscate our guns, we can't fight them and win.
Myth No. 17: The United States Has Such a High Murder Rate
Because Americans Own So Many Guns
Myth No. 18: In countries like Japan and England, where handguns are banned or
heavily regulated, the murder rate is a fraction of what it is in the U.S.
Myth No. 19: Only the police are trained enough and
responsible enough to carry guns.
Myth No. 20: The police do a fine job of protecting us.
Myth No. 21: Most police personnel favor gun control and
they know more about crime control...
Myth No. 22: Its too dangerous for the average citizen
to try to apprehend criminals and the police are there to protect us.
Myth No. 23: Allowing people to carry concealed weapons in
public will mean automobile accidents turn into shootouts.
Myth No. 24: Realistically, if you are robbed, carjacked, or attacked, you
wont have enough time to pull your gun out, anyway.
Myth No. 25: The average citizen with a gun is a bigger
threat to himself and others than the criminal is.
Myth No. 26: No
One Really Needs an Assault Weapon
Myth No. 27: Innocent People Are Killed by Stray Bullets
Myth No. 28: Guns
Will Make My Kids Glorify Violence
Myth No. 29: Guns Are Inherently Unsafe and Should Be Made
to Conform to Product Liability Laws
Myth No. 30: Guns cause so many injuries every year that cities were
forced to sue gun manufacturers to get back emergency room and medical costs.
Myth No. 31: Firearms
Aren't Worth It Because of the Medical Costs They Cause
Myth No. 32: Whats wrong with limiting purchases to one gun a month?
Why would you need to buy more than 12 guns a year, anyway?
Myth No. 33: Whats wrong with a short 5-day waiting period so the
authorities can conduct a background check?
Myth No. 34: Im not saying they should be banned, but whats wrong
with registering handguns?
Myth No. 35: We license cars, marriages,
attorneys, doctors, dentists, even hairstylists; why not license people who want to own
Myth No. 36: There's
no harm in requiring a license before a person can buy a firearm.
Myth No. 37: Handgun Control, the Violence
Policy Center, and the major news media say they don't want to ban all guns, just the bad
ones that criminals use. What's wrong with that?
Myth No. 38: The fact so many prominent people are against
citizens owning guns must mean they're right and I'm wrong.
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