A very interesting mea culpa by the ultra Liberal gun-bashing Guardian newspaper of the UK in a stunning admission that gun control advocates demands and rhetoric really don't stand or pass the test of statistics, data, or truth. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/22/gun-rights-supporters-national-rifle-association-nra
This is something that 2nd Amendment supporters have always known and pointed out. Example: This article points out in the face of constant Media disinformation when Americans in a survey are asked if the gun murder rate is better or worse in America over the past 20 years? Most (56%) responded "Worse". The Guardian reported the statistical fact is that since it's peak in 1993, The Gun and Murder rate is down by 49%! The Guardian suggests it was for 'reasons yet unknown'. WHAT? down by half?? How can this be? I, the NRA and it's members know how and why. It's the reason why the Guardian and Gun Control advocates were feigning ignorance for an explanation on the reason(s) why. To quote Jack Nicholson's movie line; "You can't handle the Truth!"
Give the credit for the Gun murder and gun violence drop in fact the overall violent crime drop trend in America, to the NRA. Because of NRA advocacy of right to carry laws for the law-abiding citizenry in past high danger zones like Broward County, or D.C. and other locations, to the NRA Championing and lobbying for the tough mandatory add on sentencing laws and penalties for gun use in violent and felony crimes such as drug trafficking. Credit also the NRA support of and lobbying for, the computerized instant background check system that has been in place by retailers for not coincidentally the past 20 years or so. Lastly, but not the least has been the NRA support for and lobbying to enact tough "3 STRIKES YOU'RE OUT" legislation for violent crimes and criminals that go even beyond gun use.
Ironically, the Guardian still couldn't help itself from serving up some of the usual and predictable Liberal disinformation. By using intentional oversight the Guardian made an intentional and obvious misrepresentation during a supposed attempt by the article to supposedly 'come clean' on their bias. First by not crediting the NRA for the crime drop, and secondly by their intentional inference that the NRA and members oppose background checks on "all gun sales"? The Guardian framed that question in that manner using the word "all" deliberately and knowing that nearly 100% of all gun sales are already subject to background checks. That dubious attempt to mislead would be tantamount to asking "have you beaten your wife lately?" They were referring to the so-called "Gun Show" loophole. Most gun show traders are Federal Firearm licensed dealers ( FFL) with lower level, hobbyist type licenses yet they have had their full background checks, fingerprinting, and been through the utmost scrutiny by the Bureau of ATF. Most shows rules often require licensed dealers to sell only to others with these licenses, or to ones buyers like me, with a Conceal Carry Permit that exempts me from many of the background checks with my extensive vetting and fingerprinting on file. Gun banners are also referring to burdensome application of background checks and regulation extensions to private sales and transfers between friends and family that everyone knows will be ignored fully by criminals, Effective solutions are not their test or standard for legislation involving guns and crimes with guns. Getting all guns, regardless of who has them legally or use them responsibly, is all that matters. Whether it's through legislation, litigation, or over-reaching regulation, tools used as their means to justify their simplistic end. Their goal? The elimination of Guns. This doesn't match the NRA, goal and mission for it's members, and 2nd Amendment supporters. Their objectives with a proven record of measures and successes are to stop crime and to keep criminals, the mentally deranged, and Terrorists from killing innocent people. Facts matter. If we look at solutions to reduce or eliminate gun violence based upon facts; we may make more progress than ever and save even more lives.
Michael R. Bednarz