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Letter - Gun-control advocates distort the truth

As of Saturday, September 26, 2015

On Sept. 16, the Union-Bulletin ran an Associated Press story on how gun-control groups believe they're winning the gun debate. I'd like to offer a response.

It's not surprising to hear Michael Bloomberg-funded groups such as Moms Demand Action and Everytown claim to be winning the gun debate. They don't stick to the facts when pushing their anti-gun agenda, so why stick to the facts when touting their success? Because the truth hurts.

The truth is, Americans support the Second Amendment and their constitutional right to self-protection. Poll after poll shows the majority of Americans don't want more gun control. We're not talking about the homemade variety of surveys and studies the anti-gunners concoct to shamelessly push out as fact, we're talking about Gallup, Pew and CNN.

The truth is 33 governors have signed 93 NRA-backed bills into law this year. What kind of success have the winning gun-control advocates enjoyed? How about three governors signing six anti-gun bills into law.

And the truth is, gun ownership is at an all-time high. If you believe Bloomberg's well-funded gun-control advocates this would be a problem, but the truth is violent crime has dropped 50 percent in the last 20 years.

That leaves you with a choice. You can either believe the distortions and lies of the gun-control crowd, or you can believe the truth.

Lars Dalseide

Public Affairs Media Liaison

National Rifle Association

Fairfax, Va.