We thought you might be interested in getting the facts about some of this year’s nominees, especially regarding the contenders for Biggest Lie. It’s always useful to have the facts on hand, especially if you encounter someone who tends to repeat those lies.
Biggest Lie Contenders
LIE: Gun violence is a problem only for our urban areas
Truth: Gun violence affects every community in America, whether through homicide, suicide or unintentional shootings. Domestic violence knows no geographic borders, nor do the underlying causes of emotional stress and distress that can lead to suicide. The common factor is easy access to guns, which puts all of us in danger, no matter where we live.
LIE: Gun Reform violates the 2nd amendment
Truth: Even conservative Justice Antonin Scalia said: “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited…”. It is “…not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.” The debates playing out now in Congress, state legislatures and the courts are fights over the boundaries of the 2nd Amendment right, and how to balance the individual right with individual responsibility and communal safety.
LIE: Background Checks don’t work
Truth: Since the Brady Bill took effect in 1994, the law has blocked more than 2.8 million gun sales to prohibited purchasers including felons, domestic abusers, and other dangerous individuals. People who are not allowed to have guns often try to buy them and are blocked by the federal and Pennsylvania background check system. Background checks work; we just need to ensure that they are required for all sales, regardless of who the seller is and what type of gun it is..
LIE: The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun
Truth: Owning a gun has been linked to higher risks of homicide, suicide, and accidental death by gun. For every time a gun is used in self-defense in the home, there are 7 assaults or murders, 11 suicide attempts, and 4 accidents. In addition, carrying a gun not only does not reduce the risk of injury, but may actually increase the risk of being shot.
Slate: The Myth of the Good Guy With a Gun
Kellermann, Arthur L.MD, MPH, et al. “Injuries and Deaths Due to Firearms in the Home.” Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection, and Critical Care 45 (1998): 263-67; see als
Smart Gun Laws: Statistics on the Dangers of Gun Use for Self-Defense
Most Shocking Statistics — The Evidence
It’s true — Every 6 Hours someone is shot in Pennsylvania.
Actually, it’s worse. Every 6 hours someone is killed with a gun in Pennsylvania. And every six hours, someone is shot in Philadelphia alone.
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