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6 Things to Know About the Current Gun Control Debate

By    |   Monday, 14 May 2018 01:26 PM

It is absolute mayhem out there, and even the self-proclaimed “I don’t like to get political” people in every social circle are rolling up their sleeves to jump in on the gun control brawl. Sensationalism flies more than facts, leaders barely lead, and each opinion group is woefully under-informed in some facet.

“Compromise” is not a word that will soon be applied to the gun control debate, for better or for worse. Neither will inside voices be used in the near future. As news sources, politicians, and rational human beings careen into madness, it’s up to the rest of us Americans to learn the facts and shout them from the rooftops.

Here are six to start:

1. Assault weapons have already been federally banned — From 1994 to 2004, assault weapons were partially banned nation-wide. Specifically, the manufacture of civilian assault-style weapons was prohibited, as were “large-capacity magazines.”

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The general consensus is that this legislation did not result in positive change. Most studies reported inconclusive results (which, in research, often means that contra-indications were found but the measure most in line with the desired result was reported).

To view the specific text, scroll to page 201 of the Act.

2. The "well-regulated milita" in the Second Amendment is talking about YOU — The 27 words of the Second Amendment have, by my estimation, sparked easily over 27,000 debates just in 2018.

So here it is:

The “well-regulated militia” was a group of citizens required to own guns and expected to muster for drills regularly to ensure strong training, and it included at least a member of virtually every household.

Today, the citizen militia manifests as the group of citizens dedicated to liberty and protection of themselves and the public. As always, the militia is expected to be well trained for the task at hand, and it does not require participation in the military in any way.

3. Gun-Free Zone legislation adds fuel to post-massacre flames — Why do mass shootings happen in gun-free zones?

In 1990, Congress passed the Gun-Free School Zones Act as part of the Crime Control Act of the same year. The law prohibits the carrying or discharging of a firearm in “a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.” There are a few exceptions, such as for law enforcement acting within their official capacity.

However, the Gun-Free School Zones Act has been in the hot seat since it passed. It was struck down by the Supreme Court in 1995 for State Commerce violations, but later reinstated after some wording revisions patched the problem. On the one hand, some view the law as a strong method to deter gang violence in schools and make them safer in general. On the other hand, some feel that this law paints targets on their kids’ backs, or makes them “sitting ducks.”

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4. The numbers have been lying lately — Look for misinformation whenever a news source claims that “the data prove” their point. Statistics and definitions of classes are often manipulated to further an agenda on both sides. Take Everytown, for example.

Everytown grabs headlines after school shootings by publishing extremely large numbers of the number of school shootings that already happened in a given year. For example, after the Parkland massacre in February, Everytown claimed that the assault was the 59th school shooting of the 2017-2018 academic school year and the 18th school shooting of 2018.

The interest group defines a school shooting as “any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds.” This means that accidental firing of a weapon after school hours, a stray that doesn’t result in property damage, let alone bodily injury, still counts.

5. There is not one single AR-15 and AR-15’s aren’t the only murder weapons — Second Amendment advocates have long pointed at the perceived aesthetic motivations of gun control laws. AR-15 style rifles look scary, black, and tactical, which earns them more derision than a higher-power rifle with a wood finish.

AR-15’s, for all their psychopathic use of late, are not the most powerful, most accurate, or highest capacity weapons out there. They deserve a better reputation than the media gives them, since rifles are mostly used for good when their owners and the surrounding society are trained and educated adequately. If more people took the time to learn their 1911 history we’d be better off.

6. Nobody has any idea what they’re shouting about — Many have wrung their hands and paced the corridors while attempting to find a more palatable packaging of this sentiment, but there is no time left to beat around the Bushmaster.

Time and again, advocates for strict gun control proved flimsy in basic gun knowledge and often have never handled a firearm personally (Granted, the video-editing process was skewed for both of those clips. However, those weren’t lines fed to actors. Those were voters and political activists.)

On the right, the disturbing trend is to shut down when met with informational gaps instead of sharing hard-won knowledge (a duty of people who have knowledge is to educate). Further, many gun owners feel antagonized by recent movements.

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Jay Chambers is a pro-free speech business owner based in Austin, Texas. Having lived through several natural disasters and more than a few man-made ones (hello 2008), he believes that resilience and self-sufficiency are essential in this increasingly unpredictable world. That’s why he started a business! Jay writes over at Minute Man Review.

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