Enemies of the Second Amendment never seem to be lacking in justification to further restrict our right to bear arms. One mainstream media outlet, in particular, has crossed the line with their deceptive claims.
In the wake of a past shooting, CNN’s Don Lemon claimed that automatic weapons are easy to acquire, when in fact the reality is completely the opposite, according to Politifact. The liberal mainstream media is already pretending that a mass shooting is a gun control issue, despite the fact that automatic weapons like the one used by the shooter are already banned. The government can’t pass a law to make automatic firearms more banned, nor can we do anything further to prevent people from acquiring them. In truth, gun control is not part of this conversation, unless the talk is about the limits of what gun control can achieve.
Appearing on conservative radio host Ben Ferguson’s show, Lemon painted the picture that automatic firearms were not only easy to acquire, but their existence went beyond what the founding fathers anticipated when they wrote the Second Amendment.
Ferguson called him out, saying, “A semi-automatic weapon is a gun that you or I is allowed to own and in different places they have different rules. But to imply that anyone can just go out and buy an automatic weapon is just not true, Don.”
Lemon responded, “What do you mean? During the theater shooting in Colorado, I was able to go and buy an automatic weapon, and I maybe have shot a gun three, four times in my life. I don’t live in Colorado. I think most people can go out and buy an automatic weapon.”
The gun in reference was an AR-15, a semiautomatic rifle – a type of rifle that bears considerable difference to automatic firearms, with different legislation affecting both. Despite Ferguson further bringing attention to this distinction, Lemon responded, “An automatic weapon is something that you can shoot off a number of rounds very quickly.”
This is not an accurate definition. Automatic firearms are legislatively distinguished as being able to fire multiple rounds from “a single function of the trigger.”
For the liberal left, blurring the legal technicalities between different classifications of firearms is just another tactic to slowly erode away at the Second Amendment. First, it was automatic weapons; next it will be semi-automatic, etc.
In addition to robbing the citizenry of the means of staying armed and serving as a counterbalance against the prospect of an encroaching government tyranny (a possibility the founding fathers dreadfully prepared for), these laws do little to actually reduce gun violence.
Thomas Sowell, respected conservative and Stanford-educated economist, wrote the following passage in an opinion piece from The Guardian. “The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available.”
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“If gun control zealots had any respect for facts, they would have discovered this long ago, because there have been too many factual studies over the years to leave any serious doubt about gun control laws being not merely futile but counterproductive.”
The ineffectiveness of gun control is seldom part of the conversation when it comes to mainstream news outlets. The truth about gun control laws, therefore, needs to be told by average Americans and independent news outlets instead.