By Rob Morse | SlowFacts
The campaign season has begun, and gun owners are the minority that it is socially acceptable to hate. Without exception, the Democrat candidates for president have demonized US gun owners. According to them, lawful gun owners are the real source of crime and violence in the US.
If you watch the news, gun owners are angry, fearful, rural, unsophisticated white men. Gun owners are mentally ill religious bigots who don’t care about children being shot. Now that all the right-thinking people on CNN agree, we can finally take steps to control military style automatic firearms in the US (as if the 23 thousand firearms regulations we already have didn’t exist.)
Those slanders go unquestioned by the mainstream media because those lies fit their bigoted stereotypes. Facts don’t matter because gun-owners are the minority we’re supposed to hate.
Why do gun owners receive so much hate from the media when slightly more than 60 percent of us say that gun ownership is looked at favorably in our community? These bigoted confession on the news tell us a great deal about the lives of today’s media, but they don’t tell us a thing about gun owners in the US.
This is what we’d know if facts mattered. 72 percent of adults in the US have fired a gun. 22 percent of women own a gun and 36 percent of gun owners are women. 40 percent of women live in a gun-owning household. 40 percent of the participants at “Friends of the NRA” events are women and 40 percent are minority members. The average age at the Friends of the NRA banquets is between 40 to 45. That isn’t what we were told on the news.
Two thirds of gun owners own more than one gun so gun ownership is widespread. In addition, 52 percent of non-gun owners said they are open to owning a gun in the future. 20 percent of gun owners identify as democrat or leaning democrat. 72 percent of us think that most people should be able to own a gun. The gun owners we know the most about are those with a permit to carry concealed. These gun owners are more law-abiding than the police.
Given these favorable demographics, why do we hear all the hate on gun owners from Democrat politicians?
Money talks. Stated more precisely, campaign donations influence political positions. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg promised to spend a hundred million dollars in campaign contributions for anti-gun politicians. Make that two hundred million. That is more than ten times the money spent by the NRA and its affiliates.
This anti-gun attitude makes sense once we think about it. The second amendment isn’t about pistols, rifles, shotguns, or even about cannons. The second amendment is about limiting government power. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg doesn’t like limiting government power, and neither do the other Socialists presidential candidates.
Now the slanders against gun owners make sense. Socialism isn’t power to the people; socialism gives power to socialist rulers. The people who support socialism view themselves as the rulers, not the ruled. That description fits the anti-gun candidates we’ve seen, and it fits our mainstream media today.
Thanks, but my family will keep our guns..and our freedom. How about you and yours?
Pew Research- Demographics of Gun Ownership
Pew Research- Gun Report 2017
SlowFacts blog- More Truth Leaks Out About Gun Control
Breitbart News- Bloomberg ups the Ante- pledges 100 million to secure no-gun congress
Washington Post- Democrat Candidates Embrace Gun Control 2019