I would encourage everyone to check out either the online version or the downloadable (PDF) version of the NRA’s “Fables, Myths & Other Tall Tales about GUN LAWS, CRIME and CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS” pamphlet. It debunks many anti-gun myths, and should be of help when debating gun rights with those who take as fact the anti gun and anti self defense propaganda which saturates the mainstream media.
A quote from the introductory paragraph of this pamphlet:
Once upon a time . . . ” Sometimes it seems that news reports about guns or gun owners should begin with that phrase. Those four short words would inform readers that while the story to follow will be presented as fact, it is really fiction, or better said, a myth or a fable. Unfortunately, non-truths, through constant repetition, have come to displace facts in the public dialog about guns in America.
Some of these fables, as many fables do, started out with a grain of truth, but were later misrepresented and twisted to serve a particular political purpose. Others are the product of “advocacy science”– research designed to promote a particular point of view. Still others are just incorrect assumptions that over time are given the imprimatur of fact. Whatever their source, it is vital that they be exposed as the fictions they are so that they might no longer influence the national debate.