Debunking Mother Jones'
"10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down"

By Nick Leghorn. May 30th, 2014

I've been inundated by emails in the last couple days asking for me to straighten out an article from Mother Jones titled "10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down." The premise of the piece is simple: paint gun owners as paranoid idiots, and make gun control activists feel superior because their violent opponents don't have a firm grasp on reality. But the piece does the exact opposite -- it proves that Mother Jones and their associated gun control cheerleaders don't care about facts. They don't care about the truth. They just hate gun owners. So, let's take a look . . .

Myth #1: They're coming for your guns.
Fact-check: No one knows the exact number of guns in America, but it's clear there's no practical way to round them all up (never mind that no one in Washington is proposing this). Yet if you fantasize about rifle-toting citizens facing down the government, you'll rest easy knowing that America's roughly 80 million gun owners already have the feds and cops outgunned by a factor of around 79 to 1.

There are two blatant lies here, and I want to address both. But first, did you notice that not-so-subtle positive re-enforcement of the common stereotype liberals have of gun owners? It's the word "fantasize." Gun owners and NRA members in particular are constantly described by the opposition as paranoid anti-government traitors who simply want to overthrow the United States. As if you needed further proof, the lack of a neutral tone in this opening statement lets you know that this won't be a fair and balanced reporting -- this is propaganda. .......

While this is a piece from back in 2014, it seems worth sharing it, as in essence the same basic methods of de-bunking still exist - albeit with perhaps some small disagreements over finer aspects depending on individual viewpoints. The antis almost consistently use the same techniques to promote their agenda and choose obscure dreamed up "facts" and skewed perspectives to "prove" their arguments.

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