"The gulf between the facts about guns and the public's perception is immense, and was created deliberately." 6.24.2016 Trey Sanchez
Liberals have a tough time swallowing cold, hard facts about guns that aren't politically motivated and a lot of the public is right there with them. It's by design, because after all, agendas can't move forward if the correct information reaches voters. But everyone needs to hear this, and now.
"For the average American alive today, the odds of being murdered have never been lower, even though Americans possess millions more firearms," writes Andrew Cline for The Federalist.
The media push is that America has too many guns and that's why there are so many gun deaths. But that's not true: as gun ownership rises, gun crime falls. Yet, liberals don't want anyone to know this and that's why paper's like The Boston Globe, as Cline notes, writes things like, "The United States has been pummeled by gun violence since the assault weapons ban expired in 2004." Most readers will accept this and move on without ever knowing that gun violence has been falling for over 20 years now.
But everyone is worried about those big, bad "assault" rifles that are killing everybody. Cline pitches numbers from the FBI showing a nearly 30% increase in purchases of AR-15-style rifles between 2010-2014 yet, saw murders by those same rifles fall each year: "367 in 2010; 332 in 2011; 298 in 2012; 285 in 2013; and 248 in 2014."
"The data produce one inescapable conclusion," Cline states. "The entire premise for a new 'assault weapons' ban - that the proliferation of 'assault weapons' has led to unprecedented carnage - is completely untrue."
So shout if from the mountaintops: there is a lot of violence in the United States, Cline concedes, but America's love affair with guns isn't to blame, no matter how hard the media pushes that narrative.