Myths vs Reality
Let’s separate fact from fiction, reality from myth, and have productive conversations about saving lives.
MYTH - They’re coming for your guns.
- It’s unconstitutional – in 2008 the Supreme Court affirmed in DC v Heller the 2nd Amendment applies to individuals.
- There are 300 million guns in 80 million U.S. civilian hands.
- Confiscating them is impossible!
MYTH - People kill people, not guns.
- Convicted felons
- Domestic abusers
- Untrained individuals
- Toddlers who find and play with unlocked guns
MYTH - The government requires background checks.
REALITY – 40% of gun purchases today occur without a background check due to:
- Straw purchases
- Internet sales
MYTH - Background check laws won’t work, criminals don’t obey laws.
MYTH - Gun violence is about mental health, not guns.
REALITY – 4% of gun deaths are linked to mental health (other than suicide).
MYTH - The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
- Keeping guns out of bad guys’ hands works even better.
- A good guy with a gun, but no training, is a risk to everyone.
- 2.4 million sales blocked since 1990s = fewer guns in bad guys’ hands.
MYTH - Without a gun, I can’t protect my family.
- A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to kill/injure, i.e. homicide, suicide, or accidentally.
- Most youth suicides and accidental/school shootings use a family member’s gun.
- A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to kill/injure by homicide, suicide, or accident.